- Israel has gone from one of the lowest per-capita to one of the highest.
- The government has instituted a three-week lockdown.
- Benny Gantz is preparing to open field hospitals.
Israel has been one of the leading countries in the world for COVID-19 cases per capita. At press time, Israel and the United States are neck and neck in this statistic neither nation wants. There are 21,251 cases per million people in the United States, compared to 20,759 in Israel.
The rate of people who test positive in Israel is approximately 11%, which is high in reference to the rest of the world. Israel is also above the global average for coronavirus deaths per capita. The world national average is 124 deaths per capita. In Israel, the number is 138 deaths per million.
Israel has seen an increase in infections since opening up the school system and the economy, like many Western European countries, as the school system opens. Israel had kept the number of infections down in the first stage of the coronavirus outbreak through closing its border earlier than other nations. They were, in this way, able to avoid an immediate outbreak of coronavirus in the first stage.
However, as long as the coronavirus is not under control, through medicine or vaccine, those Israelis who were not infected in the first stage are now becoming infected. Other countries which closed later than Israel received multiple infections and deaths. Those people who did not die became part of the population of these countries with natural immunity.
As a result, there is a weaker second stage of infections in Western countries than in Israel. In Israel, a lower percentage of the population received immunity, and are now becoming infected. Some people will die. Many will be hospitalized and heal. Others will become sick at home and heal within two or three weeks.
Until there is a vaccine, the only ways to control the pandemic are natural immunity through antibodies, and quarantine of those infected.
Israel, like most countries in the western world, is not using anti-viral medicines like Hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis treatment, or treatment of those considered in danger. A five-day treatment regimen, involving Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, and Azithromycin, has been proposed.
Instead, people who need treatment are hospitalized. Anti-viral treatment is being used in India, which has of the lowest mortality rates in the world. Starting the High Holidays, Israel has instituted a national lockdown to reduce these frightening figures of increased rate of infections and deaths.
On Monday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz instructed the IDF to begin preparations for the opening of field hospitals as coronavirus infections grow and the hospitals become filled. Without a drastic change as a result of the lockdown, the number of seriously ill will increase by 200-300 in the next two weeks. The first field hospitals will receive 200 patients providing full medical care for patients.
Israel is trying to control the number of infections through lockdown and through transferring families and students to “coronavirus hotels” in the country. In these hotels, the people receive food and shelter paid by the government. There are 23 virus hotels maintained by the government, but some may be closing according to the demand and budget of the Ministry of Defense.
The Israeli government continues to attempt to control the coronavirus within the country, at the same time not to close down the economy completely. Even within the lockdown, there are essential services and businesses which remain open.
Those government agencies which receive the public are closed. Supermarkets, and pharmacies remain open. The lockdown will continue for three weeks, until after the holidays, when there will be a decision whether to open schools and other businesses.