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Intentionally contracting Covid in Switzerland carries five-year jail term

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 23 Dec, 2021 Updated Thu 23 Dec 2021 11:48 CEST
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The University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) is pictured on October 28, 2014 in Lausanne, western Switzerland. Ebola vaccine trials are set to start in Switzerland this week after receiving the green light from the country's authorities. Swiss regulators announced they would allow trials of an experimental vaccine made by Britain's GlaxoSmithKine, and tests on some 120 individuals were set to get under way at the CHUV hospital in Lausanne this week. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

Covid infection parties are becoming more popular in Switzerland, although authorities have confirmed that the practice is illegal.


Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) confirmed this week that intentionally contracting Covid-19 is illegal and leaves you liable to a prison sentence of up to five years. 

Some vaccine-skeptic people in Switzerland go to great lengths to catch coronavirus so they can receive a Covid certificate after recovery.

They apparently advertise on social media looking for contaminated people who can transmit the virus to them.

However, this practice is not only dangerous, but also illegal. Contracting coronavirus on purpose is a criminal offence, punishable by up to five years of imprisonment, RTS reported.


The FOPH said that not only is the practice illegal, but it’s dangerous - both for the person contracting the virus and for others as purposefully getting Covid meant it was more likely to spread further. 

"This contributes to accelerate the transmission of the virus and the gravity of the epidemic. People are taking risks (which endanger) their relatives and for society", 

While advocates of contracting the virus rather than being vaccinated argue that the immunity is stronger, doctors say this is not always the case due to the unpredictable nature of the virus. 

Contracting the virus can also produce unpredictable side effects, which experts say are far more dangerous than the vaccine itself.

Claude-François Robert, a cantonal doctor in Neuchâtel, told Switzerland’s RTS he "strongly advised against self-infection. Nothing can be controlled with natural infection, we have a ten times higher risk of myocarditis by natural infection than by the vaccine. 

“The vaccine is a safe product.”



The Local 2021/12/23 11:48

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