Corona Compass for business
Together, we keep your employees safe
From Monday, 13 September, the COVID certificate may also be used by employers as part of a company’s protection plan. If an employer requires its employees to undergo a test, it must bear the cost incurred of any test. The federal government only covers test costs if tests are conducted as part of a company’s repetitive testing scheme
The Federal Council adjusted the national testing strategy on 25 August. The financing of rapid antigen tests and self-tests for non-vaccinated and non-recovered persons will be discontinued as of 1 October. The costs for repetitive testing in companies will continue to be covered by the federal government. A decision on the extension of the Covid certificate requirement will be made after the cantonal consultation on 1 September.
On 11 August, the Federal Council decided to maintain the Corona measures still in force. As of the end of September, the financing of rapid antigen tests and self-tests for non-vaccinated and non-recovered persons is to be abolished. The Federal Council will decide on this change of measures on 25 August, after the cantonal consultation.
Repetitive testing in companies will continue to be recommended and financed.
From Saturday, 26 June 2021, the measures against Corona will be greatly reduced. The general obligation to wear a mask in the workplace will be lifted. Employers will decide for themselves where and when it is necessary to wear a mask. Likewise, the requirement to work from will be abolished and replaced by a recommendation. In addition, working on site is no longer tied to the obligation to perform repetitive testing.
For companies that test once a week, the working from home obligation will now be converted into a working from home recommendation. This was announced by the Federal Council at the media conference on 26 May.
Together with our cooperation partners Helsana, Hirslanden and Zur Rose pharmacy, we bring you this platform to share the latest information about COVID-19 for the best ways of keeping your workplace safe.
In addition to the proven hygiene and social distancing rules, regular testing within the company ensures greater safety at your place of work. Tests can identify infected persons without symptoms and thus help contain and monitor the spread of the virus. We will present the various types of tests and explain when their use is most appropriate.
You will also benefit from attractive offers, such as a bulk discount on self-tests.
The federal government and cantons are working together to determine the best strategy for curbing the spread of coronavirus. The measures defined in the strategy are guided by the epidemiological situation and Switzerland’s overall strategy for tackling the pandemic.
The Federal Council has set out a three-phase model, which outlines its strategic approach until the end of the COVID-19 crisis. The model also takes into account the increasing rate of vaccination coverage and the introduction of mass repeat testing. Here in Corona Compass, we tell you about the latest developments and the implications and possibilities for your company.
How you benefit from regular workplace testing
- Increased safety: enhance your safety concept and create additional safety.
- Break the chain of infection: detect when people have the virus, even if they are asymptomatic. That’s how you break the chain of infection. By getting virus carriers to self-isolate, you limit the number of people that unknowingly pass on COVID-19. Studies have shown that by taking this approach, the incidence rate can be reduced by 20% to 50% – regardless of economic sector.
- No more quarantine: our test offers are approved by the Federal Office of Public Health. If you test your employees weekly (PCR saliva test and rapid test), they will no longer be required to go into quarantine.
Together, we are stronger. Test your employees regularly and your company will make a key contribution towards containing and monitoring the coronavirus so we can get back to normal as soon as possible.
Overview of test types
Here is the most important information about the three test types that you can use in your company. Each link will take you directly to the partner offering that test.Info & registration for PCR saliva test Info & order rapid test Info & order self-test
Answers to frequently asked questions
A PCR saliva test detects a coronavirus infection, even if someone has become infected only recently. As a weekly test, it offers the highest level of safety and is used to contain and monitor the coronavirus in companies and schools.
A rapid antigen test provides less reliable results than a PCR test. The test works most effectively with high viral loads. It may not always detect COVID-19 infections in people with a low viral load – which happens either because they have been infected very recently or are nearing the end of the illness. A rapid antigen test is therefore particularly suitable for specific situations, such as events, to increase safety. It can also be used if companies want to test their employees regularly. It’s important to know that in these circumstances, medical specialists must carry out the tests. Positive rapid antigen tests also have to be confirmed by a PCR test.
A self-test is a snapshot in time. It works most effectively with high viral loads. However, if employees do not perform the test properly, the results may be inaccurate. That’s why a self-test is most suitable as an additional safety measure alongside hygiene and social distancing measures. For example, employees could take a self-test before workshops or meetings. Self-tests are note suitable for regular testing in workplaces: neither quarantine exemption nor relaxation of the working from home obligation by means of the use of self-tests is possible.
Roughly 0.1 to 0.2 per cent of the population are infected with the coronavirus without being aware of it (asymptomatic carriers). These carriers can spread the virus for a long time without realising it.
It’s therefore important to identify infected persons quickly and reliably through repeated testing. Together with the applicable hygiene and social distancing rules, contact tracing and vaccination, repeat testing provides the basis for containing and monitoring the coronavirus. Repeat testing in companies ensures the safety of both employees and customers.
Companies that test regularly benefit from not having to quarantine: employees can continue to work despite close contact with a person who tested positive.
If you need support, Health & Medical Service will be pleased to help you
- with administrative staff to organise and assist with PCR saliva testing
- with medical specialists who can carry out rapid tests, e.g. at events, or individual PCR tests for smaller groups
- with planning tests using our appointment booking tool, planET
Let us know what you need. The Offers and Communications team will be in touch as soon as possible with a tailored offer.
Each week, employees provide a saliva sample. The samples are combined into a “pool” so that the laboratory can process a large number of samples at the same time. If a pooled sample returns a positive result, the individual people from this pool must take an additional PCR test. They can continue working as normal until they get the result.
The materials for pooled testing are delivered to the company on a regular basis. In participating cantons, the samples are delivered to the laboratory in various ways (e.g. collection points or pick-up services).
Details about the procedure and next steps can be found at TOGETHER WE TEST.
No, masks are still required even if people are regularly or individually tested. A mask must be worn whenever more than one person is present in a room – even if is possible to maintain social distancing (e.g. in open-plan offices).
Vaccinated persons can also get tested as they could still potentially carry the virus.
As many people as possible should be tested. Even people working from home can participate. After all, a person working from home may have to switch back to the office at short notice.
People who have had COVID-19 should wait until six months after the onset of the disease before they get tested. This is because the tests can still come back positive for six months.