For those who have not been vaccinated, the options for movement are currently very limited. YOU have to stay outside of sports, restaurants and cultural events because they lack the certificate due to the lack of 2G rules. Unless you have recovered from suffering from Covid 19. Getting infected as quickly as possible in order to get a certificate is therefore an option for some.
Edgar, 21 years old, studied medicine and decided in September to contract Covid-19 with the help of an acquaintance who tested positive. “I asked this person to spit into a glass. I added some water to dilute and drank the glass, hoping from the bottom of my heart that I would get Covid. Five days later I was positive. “
Exchange on social media
Edgar’s goal was to obtain a Covid Certificate for Genesis after a positive PCR test. For him it was crucial that the certificate is compulsory in most public places such as going to a party. “It was not possible for me to pay for these chargeable tests at 40 francs a week.”
There are many people on social media who, like medical student Edgar, want to voluntarily become infected. And describe in detail how easy it is: “Five twists of a cotton swab in the patient’s nose, then five more twists in your nostrils and the thing is done in a day and a half. There are dozen of us who have done it this way in the past three weeks. ” In the social networks, calls are made to establish a contact via private messages.
Health risk and illegal crime
For the infectiologist Jan Fehr from the University Hospital Zurich, it is clear: The voluntary infections carry a health risk, he says when asked by SRF News: “From a medical point of view, this is problematic. We don’t know what the course of the disease will be like, whether the people will have a severe course. Young people can also have a difficult time. On the other hand, Long Covid should also be considered. ”
In addition, an obvious contagion with the coronavirus is a criminal offense that can be punished with up to five years in prison. The offense under consideration would be human transmission of the disease, explains Yvan Jeanneret, professor of criminal law at the University of Geneva. “It’s about protecting public health. It is a collective legal interest that one cannot dispose of individually », he explains the possible punishment.