Last week, as restaurants around Zürich slowly reopened, one posted this sign out front… reminding Zurichers about past “crises overcome”, and “CoronaVirus 2020 nearly!!!” As I walked through the city yesterday, I saw many sidewalk restaurants open for business, with cheerful customers enjoying their lunch and the spring sunshine with a glass of wine… often separated by nearby tables with new plexiglass screens or spaced apart with potted plants. It feels a bit like old Europe should feel on a sunny late spring day.
For my part, I still stop by some of my favorite bakeries along my morning walk; it’s hard to resist a display case like this one!
Switzerland is slowly reopening as the number of daily coronavirus cases declines. Museums, shops, and restaurants opened last week, as well as primary schools; barbershops and gyms opened two weeks earlier. Many restrictions still apply, though, and the goal is to remain cautious lest we trigger a large second wave of infections.
So on Wednesday when I started feeling mildly ill, with a slight difficulty breathing, I began to be concerned. It took more effort to speak, and my voice deepened. After two nights of difficult sleep while finding it hard to breathe, I decided to contact the university coronavirus testing center. It’s only a few blocks from here and I’d noticed its sign a few weeks ago. Read on to see how it all turned out.