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COVID-19 epidemic in Switzerland: on the importance of testing, contact tracing and isolation

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Salathé M, Althaus CL, Neher R, Stringhini S, Hodcroft E, Fellay J, Zwahlen M, Senti G, Battegay M, Wilder-Smith A, Eckerle I, Egger M, Low N
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20225

A liberal approach to testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Switzerland is needed as part of the package of control measures.

Potential impact of seasonal forcing on a SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

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Neher RA, Dyrdak R, Druelle V, Hodcroft EB, Albert J
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20224

The authors explore how seasonal variation in transmissibility could modulate a SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The likely aggregated effect of seasonal variation, infection control measures, and transmission rate variation is a prolonged pandemic wave with lower prevalence at any given time, thereby providing a window of opportunity for better preparation of health care systems.

Understanding COVID-19 new diagnostic guidelines – a message of reassurance from an internal medicine doctor in Shanghai

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Bischof E, Chen G, Ferretti MT
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20216

The change in diagnostic criteria for COVID-19 diagnosis in Hubei province caused a shift in the numbers of total cases overnight. The aim of this article is to explain the rationale for the choice of the new criteria and the meaning of the new data, from the perspective of the authors based in Shanghai, China, struck by the level of panic and emotional distress in many people that has been generated by the new data.

Preliminary case report on the SARS-CoV-2 cluster in the UK, France, and Spain

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Hodcroft EB
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20212

In this article all publicly available information about the primarily UK/France cluster is consolidated, providing a complete and accessible summary of the cases and their connections.

Assessment of voluntary HIV screening for asylum seekers in two Swiss cantons

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Cochand L, Masserey E, Bodenmann P, Troillet N
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20020

Screening for HIV is fully justified from both ethical and public health perspectives and it is feasible for asylum seekers arriving in Swiss cantons. Health authorities should analyze ways to implement a sustainable voluntary HIV testing programme in this vulnerable population.

Impact of experience in breast cancer surgery on survival: the role of quality of care in a registry-based cohort

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Taban F, Elia N, Rapiti E, Rageth C, Fioretta G, Benhamou S, Than Lam G, David-Montefiore E, Bouchardy C
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w14704

Previous studies have suggested that the surgeon’s experience in breast cancer surgery may affect patient survival. However, why the surgeon’s experience could influence breast cancer mortality remains unclear.

Microelimination of chronic hepatitis C in Switzerland: modelling the Swiss Hepatitis Strategy goals in eastern, western and northern regions

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Rusch U, Robbins S, Razavi H, Vernazza P, Blach S, Bruggmann P, Müllhaupt B, Negro F, Semela D
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w14694

The Swiss Hepatitis Strategy aims to eliminate hepatitis C virus infection and associated liver-related morbidity and mortality by 2030. To date, Little has been done to identify the epidemiology of HCV on the regional, or micro, level.

Trends in influenza vaccination uptake in Switzerland: Swiss Health Survey 2007 and 2012

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Zürcher K, Zwahlen M, Berlin C, Egger M, Fenner L
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w14705

In Switzerland, there is no information on trends in influenza vaccine uptake at a national level to improve the vaccine uptake and guide future vaccination programmes.

The Swiss Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia registry: objectives, methods and first results

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Goutaki M, Eich MO, Halbeisen FS, Barben J, Casaulta C, Clarenbach C, Hafen G, Latzin P, Regamey N, Lazor R, Tschanz S, Zanolari M, Maurer E, Kuehni CE, Swiss PCD Registry (CH-PCD) Working Group
Swiss Med Wkly. 2019;149:w20004

Centralised collection of data in national and international registries is essential to raising patient numbers in the epidemiological study of rare diseases such as primary ciliary dyskinesia, and filling in gaps in knowledge.

Changes in injury incidences and causes in Swiss amateur soccer between the years 2004 and 2015

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Gebert A, Gerber M, Pühse U, Faude O, Stamm H, Lamprecht M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14690

Injury prevention in amateur soccer has been promoted in recent years, but few studies have addressed long-term changes in injury rates. Better knowledge of changes in injury incidences and causes could help improve prevention strategies.

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