Limitation of liability

Although every care has been taken by the ETH Board to ensure the accuracy of the information published, no guarantee can be given in respect of the accuracy, reliability, up-to-dateness or completeness of this information.
The ETH Board reserves the right to alter or remove the content, in full or in part, without prior notice.
Under no circumstances will the ETH Board be liable for any loss or damage of a material or immaterial nature arising from access to, use or non-use of published information, or from misuse of the connection or technical faults.


Links to third-party websites lie outside the scope of responsibility of the ETH Board, as do third-party links to the website of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force Access to and use of such websites occur entirely at the user’s own risk. The ETH Board expressly states that it has no influence whatsoever over the content of any linked site. Responsibility for information and services provided by linked sites rests entirely with the relevant third parties.

No liability can be accepted in respect of the content of such websites.

Data protection

Based on Article 13 of the Federal Constitution and the provisions of federal data protection legislation, everyone has the right to the protection of their privacy, as well as to protection from misuse of their personal details. The ETH Board complies with these provisions. Personal data is treated according to the dispositions of the Federal Act on Data Protection.
In close cooperation with our hosting providers, we make every effort to protect the databases as effectively as possible from outside access, data loss, misuse or falsification.
When you visit this website, anonymised access information (date, time, page viewed) may be stored on the server. The data stored in log files includes inter alia the type of browser used, the operating system, the web page from which you were directed to this website, the internet protocol address and other similar data. This data is used for technical analysis when maintenance work is carried out and also for averting risks in the event of attacks on our systems. When using this data we do not draw any conclusions about the person concerned. The data is used for statistical and data protection purposes.
This usage data forms the basis for statistical, anonymised evaluations for the purpose of tracking trends so that the ETH Board can improve the information on offer. Under the Federal Act on the Surveillance of Post and Telecommunications, there is a statutory duty to store data on all connections made in the past six months.


This website uses SSL encryption when transmitting confidential or personal content about our users. This type of encryption is activated when payments are processed, for example, and when you submit enquiries to us via this website. Please note that the encryption is activated when you perform particular actions. When the encryption is activated your browser line changes from “http://” to “https://”. SSL encrypted data cannot be read by third parties. Transmit your confidential information only when SSL encryption is activated; please contact us if you have any doubts.


This Website uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are permanently or temporarily stored on your computer, tablets or mobile devices when you visit this website. The purpose of cookies is in particular the analysis of the use of this website for statistical evaluation and continuous improvement. You can fully or partially disable cookies at any time by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. When cookies are disabled, some functionalities of this website may no longer be available.
In addition, note that this website can contain cookies set by third parties.
By using the website, you expressly agree to the use of all cookies.


We sometimes use Matomo on our websites to collect visitor numbers. In order to be able to adjust the contents of the website to the needs of the visitors, so-called metadata are collected, which can be statistically evaluated. For this function the web analysis service Matomo is integrated, which stores a cookie in the web browser of the visitor. The IP address of the visitor is stored in a form that does not allow any conclusions (last octet is replaced by .000). The ETH Board can delete this data at any time.

Matomo is a product of the supplier InnoCraft Ltd, 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand. The service used (use of the product Matomo) is operated by the company Ops One AG (Zurich). The data collected with this service (including your pseudonymised IP address) is processed and stored on servers in Switzerland. The data is stored for 720 days. If you do not want the information about your website visit to be stored, you can object to this at any time and deactivate Matomo. Deactivate Matomo


If you transmit any data to the ETH Board (for instance by means of a contact form made available to you), it cannot be guaranteed that such data transmission is either confidential or reliable. Moreover, the ETH Board will normally reply to such data through the electronic channel, too, for which again neither confidentiality nor the integrity of the data transmitted can be guaranteed. For this reason, no sensitive data, such as confidential data, should be transmitted through this channel.
This does not apply to internet connections which expressly indicate that data transmission is secure. In such cases, any special security measures will usually be indicated, for example by https or a key or padlock icon.


Copyright ETH Board.
Information on the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force’s website is accessible to the public. Downloading or copying of contents, illustrations, photos or any other data does not entail any transfer of rights to the content.
Copyright and any other rights relating to contents, illustrations, photos or any other data available on the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force’s website are the exclusive property of the ETH Board or of any other expressly mentioned owners. Any reproduction of any element requires the prior written consent of the copyright holder.

As the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force has been disbanded as of 31 March 2022, no further epidemiological assessments, scientific updates or policy briefs will be published in the future. All previous publications, pages and information of the Science Task Force remain available on this website.