14-16 October 2020
Paul Scherrer Institut
Europe/Zurich timezone


Please pay attention to the PSI policies concerning coronavirus outbreak 2020:

Starting in the city of Wuhan in central China, there has been an extraordinary increase in pneumonia primarily in China since January. These are caused by a previously unknown coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
Details on the situation in China, as well as the risk and measures for Switzerland can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health (http://www.bag.admin.ch/2019-ncov).

Employees returning from a coronavirus risk area (as defined py PSI, see below) must initially work in home office for two weeks after their return. If they remain symptom-free during this time, the normal activity at PSI can be resumed.

Furthermore, visitors from a coronavirus risk areas are not allowed to visit PSI until further notice. This also applies if a person visited or had a stopover in these areas within the last 14 days.

Current risk areas (10.03.2020):
Peoples Republic of China (incl. Hongkong)
South Korea
Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont)

In general, we recommend the usual precautionary measures, also with regard to the annual wave of influenza:

  • Wash your hands regularly;
  • Good respiratory hygiene - cover mouth and nose with the crook of your arm when coughing or sneezing, use handkerchiefs and dispose of them immediately;
  • Avoid close contact with sick people;
  • People who feel unwell, have fever or other influenza symptoms are advised to stay at home.