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Zurich: A child was asked to be tested for Covid at school

Which clinic in Zurich would you recommend and how long would it take to get the results? Sorry for naive questions, my daughter arrived to Zurich just a week ago and we never visited a doctor here before.

We got the following message from school: "Since your child currently has a respiratory infection (and / or fever), she must be tested for Covid-19 by the doctor and remain at home until the test result is available."

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Old 26.06.2020, 14:43
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Re: Zurich: A child was asked to be tested for Covid at school

In theory you should be able to contact any (family) doctor, and he will tell you how to proceed.

The national info page

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...ml?faq-url=/en

forwards you to the cantonal pages. In Zurich, you get this:

https://gd.zh.ch/internet/gesundheit...ar-textimage_4

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You are experiencing symptoms of an acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, short breath) with or without fever, feverish feeling or muscular pain and/or suddenly lose your sense of smell and/or taste, which may be caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). You must isolate at home immediately to avoid infecting other people. You must get tested. Only go to a doctor's practice or test center after having made an appointment by telephone.

The test result will determine how long you have to stay in isolation. If you test positive, the competent cantonal service will contact you and give you further information and instructions.
If you don't want to go through a family doctor, by googling "zurich covid testzentrum" I found this and other links: https://coronatest.uzh.ch/en/
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Old 26.06.2020, 14:54
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Re: Zurich: A child was asked to be tested for Covid at school

You could probably also call any children's hospital near you, and I'm sure they could tell you how and where to have your child tested. I was actually speaking with a nurse who works at a children's hospital just a few days ago (we were both at a kid's birthday party), and she told me that they test ALL kids who show any symptoms there, but that the majority are negative.

I know that there is a flu going around at my son's primary school right now and that none of the kids have tested positive for the virus, but there are very strict regulations in place at the school such that you should not send your child to school if they have even have a slight cough, etc.

My son's best friend had a fever that lasted one day last week, and he was tested somewhere, and (thankfully!) the test result was negative. Hope all is well with your daughter.
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Re: Zurich: A child was asked to be tested for Covid at school

Two children I know were tested yesterday (thursday).

Thankfully, both negative - they got the results less than 24 hours after the test.

The parents had to call the pediatrician and the pediatricians office told them where to go.

One child was sent to the pediatricians office (was offered a timeslot on the same day). The other child was sent to the Zürich childrens hospital, again a same day test.

No one has any idea why they were sent to different places.
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Re: Zurich: A child was asked to be tested for Covid at school

The website of the children's hospital in Zurich recommends using the 'Doctor' helpline - this helpline will give you advice and also provide the names of the paediatricians on call in Zurich :


Zürcher Ärztefon, 0800 33 66 55


When my normal paediatrician is not available I use the 'Swiss Medikids' which is a walk-in paediatric clinic right near the main station.


HOWEVER: PLEASE DO NOT WALK-IN without phoning first!


They might even choose to send the doctor or nurse to your home to do the test. Right now, you need to keep your child away from contact with anyone else, until they have been assessed and/or tested by the doctor.


https://www.swissmedikids.ch/de/


They DO NOT want any suspected covid cases to walk in to emergency at the kids hospital! - PHONE FIRST and they will assess and advise you. COVID cases are being sent to special departments in only some hospitals, to ensure there is as little contact between these cases and other people who are sick with other conditions.
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Re: Zurich: A child was asked to be tested for Covid at school

A neighbor was here earlier and told me that she had her three children tested at the Uster Hospital a few days ago. They had first called the hotline and were told to go there. Apparently, the hospital has a mobile unit set up outside of the hospital (so thankfully, you don't have to actually enter the hospital to be tested -- at least not there). She said they had to wait in line for almost 2 hours because the testing facility had to be completely disinfected every so often, which took about 10 minutes each time. Also, everyone was wearing masks (thankfully), as they were waiting in line, and were required to wear masks when entering the testing facility.

She received the kids' test results the next day via text message. Thankfully, all three tests were negative.
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