The implications of ongoing morbidity are enormous: the many infections not only cause medical complications and the deaths of many patients, it also paralyzes the health care system, sending thousands of people including medical teams to isolation, leading to extremely heavy burdens on the health care system, not to mention the heavy economic damage. .
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So why are the adhesions still so high, despite the obligation to wear masks?
On April 26, the first fines were imposed for not wearing a mask in the public domain. It started with a ridiculous sum of NIS 200, and reached a fine of NIS 500 a month ago. However, in practice, whether due to the heat and heavy humidity, public fatigue or minimal enforcement by the Israel Police, the mask is not worn as required.
Many still wear the mask on the chin only, others wear it on the mouth only, although a very high percentage of adhesions penetrate the body through the nose. The non-wearing of the mask is especially noticeable among young people in the evening and at night, which may explain the high rate of infection in them.
The most effective ways to deal with this problem are to increase the fine for not wearing a mask even on those who do not wear a mask as required (as mentioned, a mask that does not cover the nose does not protect against corona) and increased enforcement.
The heavy heat and the humidity typical of the Israeli summer, as well as the prolonged stay behind the mask, impair the effectiveness of the face masks. A wet mask does not protect well against corona. Some of the masks, especially those made of fabric, have not been tested at all and their effectiveness is unclear.
If your mask gets wet, or the layers are separated from each other, switch to another mask. And despite the difficulty, be sure to wear the mask properly, covering it well on the nose and mouth.
Although there are not yet many data on the rate of infection in various contours in the world, it is known today that maintaining social distance is a very important element in preventing the disease. This is because the corona virus passes through a “flight” on top of rock fragments that usually fly up to a distance of about 1.60 meters.
The many demonstrations that take place almost daily, in which social distance is not maintained at all, and is also accompanied by loud shouts under heavy heat and sometimes non-wearing of masks, can lead to widespread infections that we do not yet see in reports. The large gathering also takes place among the ultra-Orthodox sector, with the tangible example of this being the multi-participant wedding in Jerusalem where almost two thousand people were sheltered, many of them not wearing masks at all.
Since there is no coronary drug treatment, the main purpose of the tests is to stop the spread of the virus and keep the verified patients away from others. But what is the point of them, if the tests are performed only after a day or two, and the answer is obtained only after two to four days?
Although there has been some improvement in the speed of receiving the answers, the Ministry of Health does recommend isolation for those who are about to undergo the nose and pharyngeal sample. However, if these are verified patients, then the result requires extensive isolation for those who came in contact with the patient, and these are performed very late, simply – because the test results come late. As long as no rapid and massive array of corona tests is set up here, we will continue to see such high infection rates in the coming weeks and months.
Defense Minister Bnei Gantz has promised that the Home Front Command’s epidemiological investigations will begin this week. But in the meantime, everyone agrees that the epidemiological investigations carried out so far by the Ministry of Health have failed miserably, and have made a significant contribution to the spread of the plague in Israel.
Until recently, only 27 nurses were the ones who carried out the investigations, and collapsed under the heavy load. Although locating the GSS has significantly helped locate the contacts, when the data collection and investigation are carried out very late, slowly and awkwardly, many continue to infect, even when they are asymptomatic.
Already at the beginning of the plague, we published here on Ynet that the vertical closures on red cities are a very important component in stopping the spread. Last week, four months later, Prof. Roni Gamzo agreed to paint the cities of Israel in the colors of the traffic light, with a proposal to focus on aggravation in red cities.
But in the meantime, nothing is done: Every day the Ministry of Defense and the National Security Council submit reports detailing what the red cities are, when most of the time these are the same cities: Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Elad, Modi’in Illit, Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Ein Mahel, Taibe , Qalansawa, Kafr Qassem, Rechasim, Yafia and Kfar Manda. But probably due to various considerations – closures are not carried out in these cities, and they remain a “ticking bomb”.
We still do not know much about COVID19, and most of the learning is done “on the go”. But given the situation of Israel, which remains a red state in which the number of infected continues to be so high, and such a heavy health and economic cost, if these basic components are not treated uncompromisingly, we will continue to suffer the consequences of the plague for a long time to come.