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Source: Swiss Kanton Nidwalden News in German18. November 2020Currently, 20 to 60-year-olds in particular are infected with the corona virus. In the private environment there are transfers to older generations. These in turn make up the majority of patients who need to be cared for in the hospital. With a video message, the canton of Nidwalden wants to make it clear that solidarity is required from all generations.

It takes the solidarity of all generations to contain the spread of the coronavirus. It is therefore necessary that young people as well as adults and older people continue to adhere relentlessly to the applicable hygiene and behavioral measures. This also includes adequate protection in the professional and private environment. “I am aware that the situation demands a lot of discipline and patience from all of us, but especially in the professional world or within the family, the risk of infection is higher than usual because contacts with the same people take place over a long period of time,” explains Gesundheits- und Social Director Michèle Blöchliger. This is evidenced by the information provided by infected people on the source of infection. Most of the 20 to 60-year-olds are currently testing positive for Covid-19, but hospital care is mainly used for those over 65-year-olds who have been infected with the lung disease, which indicates that the chains of infection in the immediate vicinity are growing and lacking Keep your distance and other protective measures spread to older people. “That is why it is particularly important to protect the vulnerable population,” says Michèle Blöchliger. Anyone who has symptoms – even mild ones – should stay at home, contact the doctor and urgently refrain from meeting older people in particular. The latter also applies to those who have recently had contact with a symptomatic person. The hygiene and behavioral rules must also be observed at family events and the upper limit of 10 people must not be exceeded. “Just as important for well-being is to maintain relationships with family and friends in other ways, for example with video telephony or the traditional way with correspondence, drawings and small, homemade gifts”, emphasizes Michèle Blöchliger. “It is also very pleasing that neighborhood help is noticeably increasing again. People in need of support should not be inhibited about accepting such offers in order to avoid mandatory contacts and thus reduce the risk of infection. »Appropriately sanction violations The canton’s latest video underscores that all generations are required to make their contribution to combating the corona pandemic , in which Nidwalden residents of different ages explain how they deal with the current situation and how they remain confident despite this challenging time. Michèle Blöchliger: “With the video we want to illustrate on the one hand that young and old have to be equally vigilant, and on the other hand that we can only survive the pandemic if everyone shows solidarity and respects the measures.” A majority of the people of Nidwalden stick to it Population adheres to the applicable regulations, but contradicting statements are also made. Many cantons would welcome it if they could punish offenses against the prescribed Covid-19 measures directly with fines. The Nidwalden government council would also find a corresponding regulation at the federal level sensible and would see it as an opportunity to achieve a lasting preventive effect on fallible people and their environment. «We always rely on education. With fines, however, we would have a means of sanctioning violations quickly, unbureaucratically and appropriately, ”says Michèle Blöchliger. The current route via criminal charges is conditionally practicable. → Link to the video message:

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