Its flagship initiative was the traffic light plan. This would give mayors the tools they need to react quickly to new epidemics, but also give them the incentive they would need – by relaxing restrictions – to win public cooperation.
If it worked, he said, it could help delay another nationwide lockdown until military contact tracers are ready for an expected resurgence of the virus in the fall.
The political problem was that almost all of the red towns turned out to be predominantly Arab or ultra-Orthodox. And every action affecting the ultra-Orthodox sector has sparked heavy pushbacks.
After a public outcry over the planned arrival of 12,000 or more yeshivas from overseas, said Dr Gamzu, he reduced the number to 4,000.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Updated September 4, 2020
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?
- At first, the coronavirus appeared to be primarily a respiratory illness – many patients had fever and chills, were weak and tired, and coughed a lot, although some people had no symptoms at all. Those who appeared sickest had pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome and were given supplemental oxygen. Today, doctors have identified many other symptoms and syndromes. In April, the CDC added early signs of sore throat, fever, chills and muscle aches to the list. Gastrointestinal disturbances, such as diarrhea and nausea, have also been observed. Another tell-tale sign of infection can be a sudden and profound decrease in smell and taste. In some cases, teens and young adults have developed painful red and purple lesions on their fingers and toes – dubbed “the Covid toe” – but few other serious symptoms.
Why is it safer to spend time together outdoors?
- Outdoor gatherings reduce the risk because the wind scatters viral droplets and sunlight can kill some of the virus. Open spaces prevent the virus from building up in concentrated amounts and being inhaled, which can happen when infected people exhale in a confined space for long periods of time, said Dr. Julian W. Tang, a virologist at the ‘University of Leicester.
Why does standing six feet from others help?
- The coronavirus is mainly spread through droplets from your mouth and nose, especially when you cough or sneeze. The CDC, one of the organizations using this measurement, bases its six-foot recommendation on the idea that most of the large droplets people expel when they cough or sneeze fall to the ground within six feet. But six feet has never been a magic number guaranteeing complete protection. Sneezing, for example, can launch droplets far beyond six feet, according to a recent study. It’s a rule of thumb: You should be safer standing six feet apart outside, especially when it’s windy. But always wear a mask, even if you think you are far enough away.
I have antibodies. Am I now immune?
- For now, that seems likely, for at least several months. There have been frightening accounts of people suffering from what appears to be a second episode of Covid-19. But experts say these patients can have a prolonged course of the infection, with the virus taking weeks to months after initial exposure. People infected with the coronavirus usually produce immune molecules called antibodies, which are protective proteins made in response to infection. These antibodies may only last two to three months in the body, which may sound worrying, but it’s perfectly normal after an acute infection clears, said Dr. Michael Mina, an immunologist at Harvard University. It may be possible to catch the coronavirus again, but it is very unlikely that it will be possible within a short period of time from the initial infection or making people sicker the second time around.
What are my rights if I am afraid to return to work?
Dr Gamzu also wrote to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and warned of potentially dire health consequences if tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox were allowed to make an annual pilgrimage to Uman, the burial place of a revered 18th century rabbi.
Ukraine has closed its borders and Dr Gamzu has been accused of exceeding his pay level – and stoking anti-Semitism, nothing less – by politicians, including the coalition whip of his own party. Mr. Netanyahu, Likud.