Coronavirus COVID-19 in Israel

Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations

Life under Coronavirus COVID-19

The Corona Virus 2- Daily Halachic Corner – 95 – Rav Dayan Elgrod!

Breslev English 16March2020

US State Dept. 19March2020 tweet: Travel Advisory: Level 4 - The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of #COVID19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the US should arrange for immediate return.

U.S. Department of State Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

Global Health Advisory March 19, 2020

Level 4: Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification.  These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.

You are encouraged to visit to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Please also visit the website of the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.

Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:



Israel turns parking lots into medical centers for COVID-19 patients


Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu | Do you have a Fever and a Dry Cough?

Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu

Symptoms: COVID-19 vs. Cold or Flu

Aditional Symptoms: Loss of smell Loss of sense of smell as marker of COVID

For Example:

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Caronavirus remains in the throat for 4 days

These are not the Symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19: If you have these Symptoms It is time to get off your Apple iPhone or other Smartphone and go to bed.

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People need to listen and obey the Health Ministry Directions and STOP SMOKING, LOSE WEIGHT AND DRINKING ALCOHOL or do you want this

When the instructions say “Stay 2 Meters away from People” they mean it! AND WEAR A MASK!!

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy Edward Livingston, MD; Karen Bucher, MA, CMI JAMA Infographic March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy
Edward Livingston, MD; Karen Bucher, MA, CMI
JAMA Infographic March 17, 2020

Italian Doctor Implores Rest Of World: “Lock Your Nations Down Now… Or Face This!”

by Tyler Durden 20March2020

Judging by the following extremely disturbing news story from Sky News, hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman was on to something when he warned President Trump that “hell is coming.

“America will end as we know it,” warned the infamous hedge fund manager, unless President Trump shuts down the country for 30 days to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, calling it the only option to rescue the economy.

The crisis gripping the town at the centre of the global COVID-19 crisis in Italy has been witnessed by Sky News’ Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay., who exclaims: “they’re fighting a war here… and they’re losing.”

Italy covid-19 ICU Patient

Italy has hit a grim milestone in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic… with deaths now soaring above China’s:

Italy vs. China covid-19 dead

…and authorities there want to send a warning to the rest of the world:

“lock your nations down now… or face this!”

The shocking centre of the COVID-19 crisis

This is the reason to isolate.

It’s Not “Just The Flu”: Here’s Why You Definitely Don’t Want To Catch COVID-19…

by Tyler Durden 24March2020

Authored by Michael Snyder via,

Can you imagine being in “blinding pain” for weeks, constantly gasping for air as you feel like you are being suffocated, and screaming for mercy because you are in so much constant torment?  As you will see below, coronavirus survivors are telling us about their hellish ordeals, and they are warning us to do everything that we can to avoid this virus.  Of course they are the lucky ones.  As I detailed in another article, the global death toll has doubled over the past six days, and so far the very high death rate in the United States is extremely alarming.  So those that survive should consider themselves to be very fortunate, but many of those same individuals will be left with permanent lung damage.

This virus attacks the respiratory system with a ferocity that is shocking doctors, and those that are still attempting to claim that COVID-19 is “just like the flu” need to stop, because they are just making things worse.


Researchers have found that this virus has an incubation period of up to 24 days, and people can spread it around long before they are showing any symptoms.

And you don’t even have to encounter someone with the virus to catch it.  According to Bloomberg, new research has discovered that this virus can remain on surfaces “for as many as 17 days”…

Traces of new coronavirus were found on surfaces in cruise-ship cabins for as many as 17 days after passengers left, researchers said, though it wasn’t possible to determine whether they caused any infections.

Researchers looked at the rooms of infected passengers aboard the Diamond Princess, both those who showed symptoms and those who didn’t, according to a study Monday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

When you combine those two factors, it makes COVID-19 nearly impossible to contain.

This is a major emergency, and it makes me angry that there are prominent voices out there that are still trying to downplay this pandemic.  As a result, many people are not taking proper precautions, and a lot of them are going to end up catching the virus.

If you are reading this and you still don’t think that COVID-19 is a big deal, please take a moment to consider the following five stories about coronavirus survivors…

#1 26-year-old Fiona Lowenstein

That night I woke up in the middle of the night with chills, vomiting, and shortness of breath. By Monday, I could barely speak more than a few words without feeling like I was gasping for air. I couldn’t walk to the bathroom without panting as if I’d run a mile. On Monday evening, I tried to eat, but found I couldn’t get enough oxygen while doing so. Any task that was at all anxiety-producing — even resetting my MyChart password to communicate with my doctor — left me desperate for oxygen.

#2 55-year-old Kevin Harris

“Imagine your lungs turning solid. It’s like suffocating without holding your nose,” said Harris, who owns an auto body shop and typically runs 5 miles every day.

“Every time I lay down, my breathing gets lower and lower. I thought my lungs would fail me. I was screaming for mercy and praying to God.”

#3 25-year-old Connor Reed

A Welshman who caught the coronavirus in China has described how the deadly disease hit him “like a train” leaving him “suffocating” and in blinding pain for weeks.

Connor Reed, from Llandudno, got ill while working as an English teacher in Wuhan.

The 25-year-old described how it started as “just a sniffle” on November 25 – a month before authorities officially announced the virus – but over the next three-and-a-half weeks he got increasingly ill and was unable to move.

#4 39-year-old Tara Jane Langston

‘It’s like having glass in your lungs, it’s hard to explain, but every breath is a battle.

‘It’s absolutely horrible and I wouldn’t want to go through anything like this ever again. I’d been ill for about five days before I was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

‘I’d originally been diagnosed with a chest infection and given antibiotics and advised to take ibuprofen and paracetamol. I was taking about eight ibuprofen a day and they now think that that exacerbated the problem.

#5 A 12-year-old girl in Georgia named Emma

Emma, a 12-year-old girl, is “fighting for her life” in an Atlanta hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to her cousin.

Justin Anthony told CNN that Emma was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 15 and tested positive for coronavirus on Friday night. As of Saturday, she was on a ventilator and is currently in stable condition, Anthony said.

As you can see, this virus is not just hitting “old people” extremely hard.

But if you are above the age of 60, please understand that you at very high risk, and you need to stay away from public places for the foreseeable future.

I know that it can be hard to stay home day after day, but this is truly a very, very deadly virus.

At this point, even doctors and nurses are “scared to go to work”

Doctors and nurses on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus in the United States say it’s “the first time” they’ve been scared to go to work. With a shortage of personal protective equipment, some have resorted to using bandanas to cover their faces.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever been truly scared to come to work, but despite being scared we are trained to save lives and we’re committed to doing that,” Dr. Cornelia Griggs, a surgeon in New York City, told “CBS This Morning.” “I’m embarrassed to say, but prior to this, my husband and I had never gotten around to writing a will, but this weekend that became one of our to-do list items.”

As I have been writing this article, over 2,000 more confirmed cases were added to the rapidly growing total here in the United States.  And as I discussed yesterday, it looks like the U.S. is going to have a very high death rate just like we are seeing in western European countries such as Italy and Spain.

So please take this pandemic very seriously.  A lot of Americans are going to die, and it is going to be a great national tragedy.

Please pray for those that have caught the virus and are deeply suffering.  It is in our darkest moments that we need a miracle the most, and there are a whole lot of people out there that need one right now.


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From the Lancet: Real estimates of mortality following COVID-19 infection

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One Third Of All Coronavirus Cases Show No Symptoms, Classified China Data Reveals

by Tyler Durden 22March2020 –

China, which has been praising itself for its draconian response in shutting down much of the country for most of February and thus halting the spread of the coronavirus pandemic domestically (at least if one ignores the glaring discrepancies from reports on the ground), may have a new problem on its hands.

According to the South China Morning Post, which cited classified data from the Chinese government, as many as a third of the people who test positive for the coronavirus – also known as “silent carriers” – may show delayed symptoms or none at all.

The data show that 43,000 people in China tested positive by the end of February, but had no actual symptoms, the newspaper reported. They were quarantined and monitored, though as we noted last month, in a radical change in how China is underreporting the severity of the disease, asymptomatic cases aren’t included in China’s tally of those infected with the virus.

“The number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide continues to grow, and the gap between reports from China and statistical estimates of incidence based on cases diagnosed outside China indicates that a substantial number of cases are underdiagnosed,” a group of Japanese experts led by Hiroshi Nishiura, an epidemiologist at Hokkaido University, wrote in a letter to the International Journal of Infectious Diseases in February. Based on his research, Nishiura put the proportion of asymptomatic Japanese patients evacuated from Wuhan, ground zero of the outbreak in China, at 30.8 per cent – similar to the classified Chinese government data.

Another useful point of reference is the data collected from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined for weeks in Yokohama, Japan. All of its passengers and crew were tested, with 712 people testing positive – 334 of whom were asymptomatic, according to official Japanese figures.

In Hong Kong, 16 of the 138 confirmed cases as of March 14 were asymptomatic or presymptomatic, according to Ho Pak-leung, a professor with the microbiology department of the University of Hong Kong. All of these numbers point to a significantly higher ratio of asymptomatic cases than indicated by data publicly released by China so far. There were 889 asymptomatic patients among the 44,672 confirmed cases as of February 11, epidemiologists from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a paper published online in JAMA Network Open on February 24.

A separate study by scientists from the University of Texas at Austin estimated that people who had not yet developed symptoms transmitted around 10 per cent of the 450 cases they studied in 93 Chinese cities. Their findings are awaiting publication in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Ho from the University of Hong Kong said some asymptomatic patients had a viral load similar to those with symptoms.

“Of course it is hard to say if they may be less infectious if they don’t cough. But there are also droplets when you speak,” he said, referring to how the respiratory virus is transmitted.

As Bloomberg notes, the novel virus has been described as “insidious” because many infected people are well enough to go about their daily business, unwittingly spreading it to others as symptoms begin to appear on average five to six days after infection. While scientists have been unable to agree on what role asymptomatic transmission plays in spreading the disease, they do know that the virus appears to cause a mild illness lasting about two weeks in children, adolescents and younger adults in most cases, and potentially more severe disease lasting three to six weeks in older people.

The bottom line is that the propagation of “silent carriers” and high rate of asymptomatic cases can complicate efforts to stop the spread of the disease which has infected more than 280,000 people and killed nearly 13,000 globally, because many countries aren’t testing people unless they’re seriously ill, the newspaper reported. It also means that with thousands of asymptomatic carriers roaming around the population, confident they are free of the disease, secondary and tertiary break outs are virtually guaranteed even for populations which, like China, claim to have defeated the pandemic.


It is time to start wearing a Mask for the protection of others.

How to Significantly Slow Coronavirus? (featuring Minister of Health of the Czech Rep.) #Masks4All

Petr Ludwig / Konec prokrastinace [CZE] 28March2020

This is the strongest statistical association I've seen w/ respect to the virus. Wear a mask, mandate others to wear masks, & remember that @WHO is criminally incompetent.

How to make your own coronavirus protective mask: step-by-step instructions

How to Make a Face Mask

JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores 20March2020


Isolation, quarantine and social distancing: Practice these essential strategies to stop the spread of coronavirus

18March2020 by:

(Natural News) Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to skyrocket in America, and authorities around the world advise the general public to practice strategies like isolation, self-quarantine and social distancing. But what are the differences between these strategies, and when should you practice them?

Why these strategies are necessary

In America, testing for coronavirus started slow. The authorities first attempted to those who tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

Now, public health experts advise that it is crucial is to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. This ensures that those who need medical attention don’t overwhelm hospitals.

If data from the experience of other countries battling the coronavirus pandemic holds, most of the infected patients will only have mild cases. However, findings from other countries also suggest that around 10 to 20 percent of patients could have more severe cases of the disease.

Judging from the data, at least tens of millions of Americans may get infected with coronavirus, and hundreds of thousands of patients may require hospital care.

Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, explained that a deluge of patients will overwhelm the health system. Practicing measures like social distancing can help America avoid Italy’s current struggles.

In Italy, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases quickly catapulted from only several patients to over 27,000 cases. More than 2,100 deaths have been confirmed in the country.

It is believed that the accelerated spread of coronavirus in Italy was partly due to aggressive testing. Additionally, hospitals in the northern part of the country were gradually running out of beds in intensive care units.

The difference between self-quarantining and self-monitoring

According to health experts, the two strategies overlap.

Both self-quarantining and self-monitoring have one goal: To keep individuals “who have been exposed, or who might have been exposed, away from others as much as possible” for a certain length of time.

In the case of coronavirus, this often means 14 days or the suspected incubation period of the disease. However, patients may experience symptoms only several days after exposure.

When self-monitoring, you need to regularly check your temperature and take note of any signs of respiratory illness, like a cough, fever or shortness of breath. You also need to limit your interaction with other people.

For example, if you attended a company conference and a person that you weren’t in close contact with tested positive for coronavirus, you need to self-monitor. Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, added that you need to self-quarantine if you talked to the infected attendee or if they accidentally sneezed on you.

Self-quarantine is one level higher from self-monitoring because the person at risk of infection, even if they still haven’t experienced symptoms, is at greater risk of exposure. To illustrate, Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, is self-quarantining since his wife tested positive for coronavirus after they returned from a trip to Great Britain.

If you’re quarantined, you need to stay at home and avoid other people whenever possible for 14 days.

Those who live with a family or roommates but want to self-quarantine must stay in their own room or spend time in a separate area in their house. A person in self-quarantine must also stay at home.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, warned that people in self-quarantine shouldn’t sleep in the same bedroom as other family members. You should also try to use a separate toilet, if possible.

If you’ve self-quarantined due to possible exposure and you develop a cough, fever or shortness of breath, contact a healthcare professional, local hospital or the public health department for further instructions.

If you have mild symptoms, you may be instructed to rest at home and treat your symptoms natural cures. People with more severe symptoms and those in higher-risk groups, like the elderly and the immuno-compromised, may be directed elsewhere to seek medical care.

Once test kits become more available, you may be required to visit a place where you can get tested.

Isolation for coronavirus

If you test positive for coronavirus, the first step will be to isolate you at home or in the hospital, said Benjamin. He added that infectious disease precautions will become “much more rigid than in self-quarantine.”

Medical staff looking after you will require more protective gear. While in isolation, you need to wear a mask when leaving your room or traveling from home to a medical facility so you don’t spread droplets that might contain the virus.

Coronavirus and quarantines

Quarantines are necessary when under state or federal law, individuals or groups are on lockdown.

To illustrate, passengers from cruise ships where other passengers were infected with coronavirus and other travelers who didn’t experience symptoms were told to stay at military bases for 14 days to see if they developed the disease.

While America hasn’t closed off entire towns or cities since the 1918-1919 Spanish flu, the federal government and the states have the power to do so.

Preventing infections with social distancing

Social distancing covers a broad category.

It involves preventive practices such as:

  • Staying home if you feel sick
  • Postponing social visits
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Not shaking hands
  • Standing several feet from other people in public
  • Staying away from nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities to keep those at risk safe
  • Using drive-through, pick up or delivery options and not dining in at restaurants
  • Going to the grocery store during off-peak hours

Businesses can also practice social distancing by staggering work hours or letting employees work from home. On the other hand, governments can do it by ordering schools to close.

Sporting events may be canceled, while concert halls, museums and theaters where large groups of people gather can temporarily close their doors. (Related: Social distancing and early testing could have PREVENTED 95% of all coronavirus cases in China.)

Christopher Mores, a professor in the department of global health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, advised that with social distancing, it’s important to be aware of how closely you interact with others on a regular day.

Mores added that social distancing should teach the public how to effectively “break the lines of transmission” during a pandemic.

Why these strategies are crucial even if you’re not sick

It may seem like the individual risk is low while the inconvenience of some measures is high, but taking these precautionary measures will benefit everyone in the end, explained Sharfstein.

Even if you don’t get infected, you can still pass the infection to your family, officemates or even fellow commuters on the subway. The people you could infect may then require hospitalization, which could easily overwhelm hospital staff already caring for newborns, those with cancer or the survivors of car accidents.

Sharfstein concluded that even if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t a threat to healthy individuals, not doing your part can make the disease “a threat to the community.”

Stay at home, wash your hands regularly, and remain calm. You can get through a pandemic if you stay informed and practice strategies like social distancing.

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How to make your own coronavirus protective mask: step-by-step instructions

22February2020 by: Ethan Huff

Woman wearing Face Mask

(Natural News) As the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) continues to spread largely unabated, including far outside the borders of China, it’s starting to become painfully obvious that taking the appropriate precautions for you and your family is now of the essence. And one way you can do that, especially if you haven’t already purchased a bunch from the dwindling commercial supplies, is to make your own medical face masks at home.

From what we’re seeing, supplies of these first-line tools of protection even here in the United States are starting to dry up as people wake up and see the writing on the wall, which is telling them that this thing probably isn’t going away anytime soon. And the more serious it gets, the quicker you’re likely to see medical face masks disappear entirely, or get jacked up in price due to widespread scarcity.

The following do-it-yourself method comes from the University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Hospital, which reportedly partnered with an entity called Science Park to develop a simple and effective way for ordinary people to help protect themselves against not just the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) but other respiratory “bugs” that enter and infect the body through the nose and mouth.

“I hope this can alleviate the public panic,” says executive councilor and Elderly Commission chairman Dr. Lam Ching about these DIY protective face masks, which China especially is in desperate need of due to medical face mask shortages. “Scientific tests found these home-made masks can offer a certain extent of protection if one doesn’t have a mask at home.”

Dr. Lam notes that thousands of people in China, including vulnerable seniors, are having to line up for hours on end – and sometimes even camp out overnight – just for the chance to get their hands on one of the few medical face masks that remain.

“It’s not good for elderly to take such risks as queuing for a mask in the early morning,” he laments, further explaining how this dire situation drove him to seek out other options. After getting in touch with multiple local schools and talking to Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, Wuhan’s top microbiologist who’s trying to tackle the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) crisis, it was determined that the following method provides almost the same level of protection as commercial medical face masks.

According to Joe Fan King-man, the assistant hospital chief executive at the University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Hospital, these homemade masks recently underwent laboratory testing at City University and were shown to be 80-90 percent as effective as their surgical masks in terms of their ability to filter out aerosols and droplets. However, because it’s not the full 100 percent, Fan insists that they’re not to be used as a permanent substitute.

“The homemade masks can only act as an alternative for those who don’t have any gear but need to protect themselves from infection,” he stresses. “They can never be a substitute or replacement for surgical masks.”

Still, in the event of widespread shortages – which are sure to happen, by the way, and in some cases already are – having these on-hand is certainly better than nothing. Getting stuck with your pants down isn’t an option, and we’d be doing our readers a disservice if we didn’t share this pertinent information with you right away.

Even if you don’t end up even needing to use them for this current outbreak, these homemade face masks will still serve you well as part of your preparedness and survival strategy because you’ll have them readily available when a crisis hits. There’s no such thing as being too prepared, after all. So, let’s get started.

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Face Mask with Plastic Protector

Here’s what you’ll need, as well as what to do with it

Before you read on any further, make sure you have at least one roll of hygiene-certified paper towels, heavy-duty tissue paper, elastic bands, a hole punch, paper tape, scissors, plastic-coated steel wire, a pair of glasses, plastic file folders, and binder clips, as pictured below:


What material you will need


List of Material and Supplies

Once you have all of your supplies ready, follow these steps:

• Wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap, and clean all solid items.

• Place one sheet of paper towel on top of another.

• Place one piece of tissue paper, which will function as the bottom layer of the mask, on top of the two pieces of paper towel.

• Cut this entire stack of paper in half, making it two pieces.

• Use the paper tape to seal off the two sides of the mask.


Use the paper tape to seal off the two sides of the mask.

• Punch two holes at each sealed side of the mask with the hole punch.


Punch two holes at each sealed side of the mask with the hole punch.

• Attach the metallic wire with paper tape to the top edge of the mask, forming a nose wire bridge.


Attach the metallic wire with paper tape to the top edge of the mask, forming a nose wire bridge.

• Tie four elastic bands through the holes on each side of the mask.

Once you’ve completed this portion of the project, it’s time to move on to making a protective shield for the front. For this, you’ll need to:

• Cut the file folder into two pieces.

• Attach one piece on the edge of the glasses using the binder clips.

This protective shield can be reused over and over again, but just be sure to disinfect it after each use.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to use an actual plastic file folder, not cling film, air conditioner filter paper or cotton cloth, all of which were determined as part of university testing to be inadequate for providing true protection.

Our hope is that you’ll take this all seriously and, at the very least, keep these things on-hand for your own protection in the unfortunate event that you actually need to use them. It’s better to be safe than sorry, wouldn’t you say?

You can learn so much more about the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), including how to protect yourself in other ways, by checking out The Health Ranger Report channel at

You can also keep up with the latest coronavirus news by visiting

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How to Make a Face Mask

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What you can do to battle the epidemic of the Wuhan novel coronavirus (COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV)


By YD Bergman 06February2020

The World Is Hanging By A Thread

This morning (Thursday) after finishing his morning learning schedule and immersing in the mikvah, Rebbi Eliezer Berland shlit”a said in a stern voice:

“There’s a terrible decree of world destruction by the Coronavirus.”

The Rav went on to explain that all of humanity including animals and plants are in danger of complete destruction.

And began quickly stating gematrias as to the spiritual cause of this terrible illness. Among others ben adam l’chaveiro the commandment which includes all interpersonal laws has the same numerical value as corona in Hebrew 363.

Open hearing this and seeing the look of concern on the Rabbi’s face, his attendant asked, “What should we do?”

Rav Berland answered:

“We will write a prayer and the decree will be cancelled. The prayer should be translated in all languages and read all over the world. With that the virus it will leave as quickly as it came leaving no trace behind.”


Here is the prayer:


Master of Universe, who can do anything!

Cure me and the whole world of the Coronavirus, because redemption is near.

And through this reveal to us the 50th gate of holiness, the secret of the ibbur, and may we begin from this day onward to be strong in keeping interpersonal commandments (i.e. being kind to others).

And by virtue of this may we witness miracles and wonders the likes of which haven’t been since the creation of the world. And may there be sweetening of judgments for the entire world, to all mankind, men women and children.

Please God! Please cure Coronavirus all over the world, as it says about Miriam the prophetess, “Lord, please, cure her, please.”

Please God! Who can do anything! Send a complete healing to the entire world! To all men, women, children, boys and girls, to all humanity wherever they may be, and to all the animals, birds, and creatures. All should be cured from this disease in the blink of an eye, and no trace of the disease should remain.

And all will merit fear of Heaven and fear of God, O Merciful and Compassionate Father.

Please God, please do with us miracles and wonders as you did with our forefathers by the exodus from Egypt. And now, take us and the entire world out from this disease, release us and save us from the Coronavirus that wants to eliminate all mortals.

We now regret all the sins that we did, and we honestly ask for forgiveness. And in the merit of our repentance, this cursed disease, that does not miss men, women, boys, girls, and animals, will be eliminated.

Please God, as quick as the illness came it will go away and disappear immediately, in the blink of an eye, and by this the soul of Messiah Ben David will be revealed.

Please God, grant us the merit to be included in the level of the saints and pure ones, and bless anew all the fruit and vegetation, that all will be healed in the blink of an eye, and we will see Messiah Ben David face to face.

Please God, who acts with greatness beyond comprehension, and does wonders without number. Please now perform also with us miracles and wonders beyond comprehension and let no trace of this cursed disease remain. And may the entire world be cured in the blink of an eye.

Because Hashem did all this in order for us to repent, it is all in order for us to direct our hearts to our Father in Heaven, and by that He will send blessings and success to all of our handiwork.



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Master of Universe, who can do anything! Cure me and the whole world of the Coronavirus, because redemption is near. And through this reveal to us the 50th gate of holiness, the secret of the ibur, and may we begin from this day onward to be strong in keeping interpersonal commandments (i.e. being kind to others). And by virtue of this may we witness miracles and wonders the likes of which haven’t been since the creation of the world. And may there be sweetening of judgments for the entire world, to all mankind, men, women and children. Please Hashem! Please cure Coronavirus all over the world, as it says abut Miriam the prophetess, “Lord, please, cure her, please.“ Please Hashem! Who can do anything! Send a complete healing to the entire world! To all men, women, children, boys and girls, to all humanity wherever they may be, and to all the animals, birds, and creatures. All should be cured from this disease in the blink of an eye, and no trace of the disease should remain. And all will merit fear of Heaven and fear of Hashem, O Merciful and Compassionate Father. Please God, please do with us miracles and wonders as you did with our forefathers by the exodus from Egypt. And now, take us and the entire world out from this disease, release us and save us from the Coronavirus that wants to eliminate all mortals. We now regret all the sins that we did, and we honestly ask for forgiveness. And in the merit of our repentance, this cursed disease, that does not miss men, women, boys, girls and animals, will be eliminated. Please God, as quick as the illness came it will go away and disappear immediately, in the blink of an eye, and by this the soul of Messiah Ben David will be revealed. Please God, grant us the merit to be included in the level of the saints and pure ones, and bless anew all the fruit and vegetation, that all will be healed in the blink of an eye, and we will see Messiah Ben David face to face. Please God, who acts with greatness beyond comprehension, and does wonders without number. Please now perform also with us miracles and wonders beyond comprehension and let no trace of this cursed disease remain. And may the entire world be cured in the blink of an eye. Because Hashem did all this in order for us to repent, it is all in order for us to direct our hearts to our Father in Heaven, and by that He will send blessings and success to all of our handiwork.

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From Rabbi Lazer Brody – Emuna Beams:Protection from Coronavirus

09 February 2020

The Solution to the Coronavirus!! יש פתרון לקורונה


Repentance, Prayer and Tzedakah – Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah תשובה, תפילה וצדק

The Solution to the Coronavirus!! יש פתרון לקורונה Repentance, Prayer and Tzedakah - Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah Please take upon yourself something for improvement in one of these 3 areas for the protection of Klal Yisrael – and share it with us in the comments below to inspire others! קחו על עצמכם קבלה קטנה באחד מ3- תחומים אלו להצלת כלל ישראל – ושתף איתנו בתגובות למטה

The Solution to the Coronavirus!! יש פתרון לקורונה
Repentance, Prayer and Tzedakah – Teshuvah, Tefillah, Tzedakah
Please take upon yourself something for improvement in one of these 3 areas for the protection of Klal Yisrael – and share it with us in the comments below to inspire others!
קחו על עצמכם קבלה קטנה באחד מ3- תחומים אלו להצלת כלל ישראל – ושתף איתנו בתגובות למטה

Please take upon yourself something for improvement in one of these 3 areas for the protection of Klal Yisrael – and share it with us in the comments below to inspire others!

קחו על עצמכם קבלה קטנה באחד מ3- תחומים אלו להצלת כלל ישראל – ושתף איתנו בתגובות למטה


MESSAGE FROM THE GADOL HADOR: Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s Instructions on How to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

March 13, 2020

THE GADOL HADOR: Rav Chaim Kanievsky

The following letter was written by Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita regarding protection from the Corona Pandemic. It was translated and annotated by Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the

Rav Kanievsky’s words are in boldface. Rabbi Yair Hoffman’s additions are in italics and in plain type. Rabbi Hoffman’s additions are the background that is necessary to understand Rav Chaim’s words. May we all have yeshuos. YH


Adar 5780

Regarding the concern of transmission of the Corona Virus Pandemic

Everyone must be mechazek to refrain from Lashon Harah and rechilus as it states in Arachin 15b: [Why is a leper so different, that the Torah states: “He shall dwell alone; outside of the camp shall be his dwelling” (Vayikrah 13:46)? He (Rabbi Chaninah) answered: By speaking badly] he separated between a husband and wife and between one person and another; therefore he is punished with tzara’as, and the Torah says: “He shall dwell alone; outside of the camp shall be his dwelling.”

They must further strengthen themselves in the midah of humility and to be maavir al midosav (let things slide) as the pirush haRosh on the side of the page says explicitly in the end of Horios [14a],

The Gemorah there cites a debate between Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel and the chachomim as to who is preferable – a Sinai, one who is extremely knowledgeable or an Okair Harim – One who uproots mountains, one who is extremely sharp.

The Gemara explains that this is not just theoretical. Rav Yosef was a Sinai; Rabba was one who uproots mountains. They sent a message from Bavel to Eretz Yisrael: Which takes precedence? They sent in response: Sinai is preferable, as the Master said: Everyone requires the owner of the wheat, i.e., one who is expert in the sources. And even so, Rav Yosef did not accept upon himself the appointment of head of the yeshiva. Rabba did accept it upon himself and he reigned for twenty-two years, and then Rav Yosef reigned. The Gemara relates that in all of those years that Rabba was in charge, Rav Yosef did not even call a bloodletter to his home. Rav Yosef did not assume even the slightest authority, in deference to Rabba.

The Rosh explains in the name of the Ramah that since Rav Yosef lowered himself and did not wish to lord over Rabbah, his humility protected both him and his household members that not any of them became ill all of those years that Rabbah ruled and even an expert bloodletter was not needed to be called to his home.

Whoever strengthens himself in these the merit will protect him and his family members that not one of them will be sick.

[Rav] Chaim Kanievsky


Warnings from Yekutiel Ben Yakov, Commander of the Israel Dog Unit

Yekutiel Ben Yakov

Corona. Time to come home to Israel NOW – Part 1

Yekutiel Ben Yakov, Commander of the Israel Dog Unit – IDU, urges all Jews to come home to Israel now. Lessons to learn from border closures and the Corona Virus.

Corona – Time to come home to Israel – Part 2

Yekutiel Ben Yakov of the IDU urges all Jews to come to Israel, especially in view of the Corona Virus, the closing of borders, the economic crisis and scapegoating of the Jew


Do You Realize How Messianic This Is?

16 Adar 5780
Received by text as seen on Facebook…

*Population and Immigration Authority*

In the last day, since Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 10,827 foreigners have voluntarily left Israel and in the last two weeks (February 25, 2020) 197,066 foreigners left Israel.

Since the last decision came into effect on Friday, their entry into Israel has been denied in all the crossings (Ben Gurion Airport, Ramon, Taba, Rabin), over 400 foreigners who meet the prohibition on entry.

Following are the number of foreigners who, according to * the Population and Immigration Authority *, have voluntarily left Israel since Friday, 6.3.2020, according to selected countries:

Austria- 498
Italy- 215
Germany – 3,714
Spain- 1,033
France – 3,260
Switzerland- 463
US 11,924
Poland- 2,879
Romania – 1,599
Thousands of other nationals have also come out.

At the same time, 8,934 Israelis entered the country in the last day and in the last two weeks, 235,012 Israelis entered.

Since the decision came into force, tens of thousands of others have been prevented in order to prevent their refusal at the border.

Sabine Haddad
Population and Immigration Authority

We used to wonder how HASHEM would make this happen (make the foreigners leave and bring the Jews home), but we never doubted that HE would, and it would only be happening NOW and in this WAY because MASHIACH is already here and working on HIS behalf.

We knew the day would come when flights would once again be grounded and the doors would close, but we always imagined it would be because of a major war.  Maybe THIS VIRUS is actually the “merciful” path.


And it would not be happening just now unless the old world was already finished and a new one was finally beginning.
(Source: Sefer Yetsirah)

Nisan – the month of beginnings
I think many of us, if not most of us, me included, have been looking at this with our noses pressed up against the glass. We need to step back and take a good look at the whole picture and stand in awe of what HASHEM has done and is doing for our sake. And be happy and thankful!!!

“Zion heard and rejoiced, and the daughters of Judah exulted, because of Your judgments, O Lord.”  (Tehillim 97.8)

PLEASE HASHEM!  Let all your children live and survive to see and experience its completion!!


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From email 18February2020

From the desk of Dr. Nandita Shah…

With coronavirus topping the news these days, I have many patients asking me what they can do to make sure they don’t succumb.

Coronavirus, like any other virus whether influenza or SARS, can affect anyone who has come in contact with it. Confirmed cases are even being reported in India. It might help to know that the virus is not too deadly, it also resides in healthy carriers. This means that anyone with a high immune system may not succumb to this virus even if they are unfortunate enough to contract it. Building our immunity will not just help us withstand this novel virus, it will also help us build resilience towards other known and unknown viruses.

With a growing and a particularly dense population, India is perennially at risk of a viral epidemic. It’s up to each one of us to take charge of our health right now. We can do this by eating and living the way we as humans are designed to eat and live by nature, i.e. eat as close to an organic whole food plant-based diet as possible, keep a check on vitamin B12 and D, consume plenty of water, have enough exercise and rest at the right time. This is what SHARAN recommends to anyone who takes their health seriously.

The incidence of coronavirus is therefore a good wake-up call and we must remember its lessons if we are to safeguard ourselves from the fatal health implications of epidemics.


How To Avoid Getting Infected By The Coronavirus

by Tyler Durden 07March2020 -

As worldwide coronavirus cases blow past 100,000 sickened, the question on everyone’s mind is: “How do I avoid getting infected?”

Peak Prosperity’s Chris Martenson goes through the best steps for self-protection in this video (jump to the 35m:10s mark for his summary):

How To Avoid Getting Infected By The Coronavirus

Crazy infectious with a serious complication rate near 15% and a case fatality rate of over 3%, many of us are likely to catch this virus, and most of us will probably know at least one person who dies from it.

And with that many sick people, the health care systems around the world are going to be overwhelmed. Even if you don’t have the virus, you still may not be able to get critical care for other health emergencies (sickness, injury, baby delivery, etc)

Chris shares some of the dozens of stories we’re receiving from health practitioners all over the world who feel shocked and betrayed by how poorly their hospitals are prepared for what’s coming.

How to Avoid being infected

So take steps now to increase your odds of being one of those who avoids covid-19 altogether.

Reading the coronavirus preparation megathreads available for free on is a great way to get started:

  1. Coronavirus: Sanitation, PPE and Self Quarantine Megathread
  2. Coronavirus: Medicinals, Herbals and Supplements Megathread
  3. Coronavirus: Home Prep, Deep Pantry & Gardening Megathread

If you’re one of the many new readers here on Peak Prosperity, be sure you’re up-to-date on developments with the coronavirus. All of our latest covid-19 video updates, podcasts and articles can be accessed here for free.

And here’s a brief list of the more recent material that Chris and I have published for our premium subscribers, to give you a sense of what’s behind the paywall (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access)

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Tzfat Chief Rabbi Leads Prayer at the Kotel for China’s Coronavirus Victims

David Israel
22 Shevat 5780 – 16February2020

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu at the Kotel plaza, July 18, 2016. Photo Credit: Mendy Hechtman/FLASH90

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu at the Kotel plaza, July 18, 2016. Photo Credit: Mendy Hechtman/FLASH90

Thousands of Jews came to the Western Wall from across the country to pray for the good health of people in China at the behest of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of the city of Tzfat and member of the Chief Rabbinate Council, in response to his call on Thursday night for faithful Jews to assemble at the Western Wall on Sunday, to “pray for the people of China who are in great distress.”

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תפילה להסרת המגיפה מסין ומכל העולם-Prayer for removing the plague from China and all over the world תפילת המונים – קורונה


Prayer on Sunday at the kotel on the residents of China.

לשכת הרב שמואל אליהו
February 13 ·

תפילה ביום א’ בכותל על תושבי סין

“טוֹב ה’ לַכֹּל וְרַחֲמָיו עַל כָּל מַעֲשָׂיו”. אנו נקראים להתפלל על תושבי סין שנמצאים במצוקה גדולה. עשרות אלפי אנשים נמצאים בבידוד. מיליונים בהסגר. חמישית מתושבי העולם בחרדה גדולה. על כל אחד ואחד מהם נאמר: “חביב אדם שנברא בצלם”.
אנו נקראים להתפלל על תושבי סין, אנו נקראים להתפלל על כל החולים במדינות האחרות. להתפלל על העולם. ביום ראשון (16-2) בשעה 4:30 בכותל המערבי נתפלל כולנו. ויהי רצון שה’ ישמע תפילתנו ויקיים בנו. “וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כָּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה וּבְזַרְעֶךָ”. (בראשית כח יד).
Prayer on Sunday at the kotel on the residents of China.

“Good God to all his actions for all his actions”. we are called to pray for the residents of China who are in great distress. Tens of thousands of people are in solitary. Millions in quarantine. Fifth of the residents of the world with great anxiety. For each and every one of them is said: “Habib Man created in gaffes”.
We are called to pray for the residents of China, we are called to pray for all the sick in the other countries. Pray for the world. On Sunday (16-2) at 4:30 at the western wall we will all pray. May the Lord hear our prayers and support us. “I will support you all the land of the earth”. (Genesis hand power).
Prayer on Sunday at the kotel on the residents of China.

“Tens of thousands of people are in isolation, millions under quarantine,” the rabbi’s press release said. “One fifth of the world’s inhabitants experience great anxiety. About each and every one of them it was said: ‘Beloved is man for he was created in the image [of God]’ (Mishna Avot, 3:14).”

“We are called upon to pray for the people of China,” Rabbi Eliyahu’s message continued. “We are called upon to pray for all the sick in the other countries as well. Pray for the world.”

“On Sunday, February 16, at 4:30 PM, at the Western Wall, we will all pray,” the rabbi urged. “And may God hear our prayer and make true through us the verse ‘In thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed,’ (Genesis 28:14).”

Earlier on Thursday, Rabbi Eliahu posted an exceptionally moving message, saying, “There is a tradition held by the people of Israel, that one blessing draws another. And when there was an epidemic in the nation of Israel, King David taught us to thank and bless every favor we receive from God, and so the plague stopped (II Samuel 24). That gift which we received from King David, we want to pass on to the Chinese people.”

“King David taught us to bless with a song,” Rabbi Eliahu continued, and called on all creative people, “composers, musicians and singers to compose a gift song from Israel to the Chinese people. A song of partnership, of prayer, of blessing.”


Torah Tidbits #1361 p.26-Atzeret Tefilla At the Kotel For Coronavirus

מיליוני סינים מודים לישראל

הללו – הקרן לקידום ישראל בעולם
February 20 at 11:45 PM ·
בסין מגיבים בהתרגשות עצומה למחווה הישראלית. תפילה בכותל עבור החולים בנגיף הקורונה.
הרדיו הבינלאומי של סין סיקר את התגובות, מרגש בטירוף.
אל תפספסו!

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Millions of Chinese thank Israel for Prayers for China’s Coronavirus Victims



Sweetening Judgments


from the writings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

When the messengers who bring suffering are despatched, they are made to take an oath: that they will neither set out nor return except on such and such a day, at such and such a time, and only [carry out their mission] by using the designated means. However, repentance, prayer and charity have the power to nullify [the enactment of] this oath.

Reciting the Torah chapters concerning the Choshen, the Breastplate [Exodus 28:15-30; 39:8-21] is a tikkun [rectification] for harsh judgments.

A person who suffers affliction should give charity. This charity will be considered as if it were a fee paid to a judge for his services, which when accepted, nullifies the verdict’s validity. And through this his suffering will be alleviated.

When a person rebukes his friend for the right motives, he has a thread of loving-kindness drawn over him.

A person who does not accept rebuke will experience suffering.

To sweeten harsh judgments, recite Psalm 39 and Psalm 77.

When the nations have issued an evil decree against the Jews, Psalm 62 should be said.

A person can determine and understand his sins from the suffering which he experiences.

There are four things which abolish harsh decrees: Tzedakah [charity], crying out to G-d, changing one’s name and improving one’s conduct.

Crying out to G-d helps the individual only prior to the final decree.

A person’s accusers are beaten off by the study of Torah.

A final decree accompanied by an oath cannot be abolished, even for the sake of an entire community.

The effects of a decree against a person apply only in a specific place. He can save himself by changing his location.

A person should tell others of his anguish so that they will pray for mercy on his behalf.

Accepting suffering with love is like bringing a sacrifice.

A person who falls down while walking should see this as a sign of a downfall on a spiritual level. Falling down while walking sometimes serves to nullify a pronouncement of death which has been issued against the person.

A person who finds himself suffering from harsh judgment should make it a habit to gaze at the Heavens.

The Holy One exonerates the person who teaches righteousness to the wicked.

A man of truth receives G-d’s lovingkindness undisguised by judgments.

Trust in G-d sweetens judgment and draws down loving-kindness.

Through faith [emunah] it is possible to convince G-d to follow your will.



Israel’s Sheba Medical Center Develops Telemedicine to Limit Coronavirus Spread

by 12February2020-

The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – As fears of the growing coronavirus endemic increase worldwide, Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, has developed a groundbreaking way to treat potential patients without risking the health of hospital staff and other patients.

Using a Vici telemedicine system, designed by virtual health-care company Intouch Health, the robot-like apparatus can be controlled by doctors and nurses to enter the infected patient’s room and even monitor the patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate.

“This is one way to use telemedicine to protect our staff,” said Dr. Galia Barkai, head of Telemedicine Services at Sheba Medical Center. “By minimizing direct contact between the patients and medical personnel, we reduce the percentage risk of health-care staff contracting the virus.”

While coronavirus has not yet spread to Israel, Sheba is also prepared with a number of isolation rooms in case multiple patients are infected at the same time in an effort to protect staff and other patients from risk of infection.

“Although we don’t have any positive patients in Israel, we are always dealing with suspected patients and preparing for the worst-case scenario,” said Barkai. “So, we are creating all these systems to help us deal with the occasion when we might have to deal with many patients.”

Sheba will also use the telemedicine application Datos to help treat coronavirus patients who are not as critically ill. This application allows medical professionals to monitor patients from the comfort and isolation of their own homes.

“We would give them our telemedicine application and communicate with them via video at least twice a day,” she said. “This would allow them to stay more comfortably in their homes and reduce risk within the hospital.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the outbreak of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and that continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of infections, with reports of more than 1,000 deaths in mainland China having been caused by the respiratory ailment.

At a news conference in Geneva on Tuesday, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO), said “one clinical trial is already on the way” in China in an attempt to find a cure to the novel coronavirus. He adding that WHO was working with Chinese authorities to implement further clinical trials.

Dear millennials (and Gen Z too): You’re also likely to be seriously infected by the coronavirus, says new report

19March2020 by:

(Natural News) Most reports about COVID-19 focused on how the elderly were at greater risk from the virus. However, new reports are indicating that younger age groups, such as millennials and Gen Z, are vulnerable as well.

During the White House daily briefing on the pandemic, U.S. coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx expressed concern that there would be a disproportionate number of infections among younger generations. This came after reports had arrived from Europe that indicated that some members of these age groups are getting seriously from the disease.

“There are concerning reports coming out of France and Italy about some young people getting seriously ill, and very seriously ill, in the ICU,” said Birx.

Not just the elderly at risk

So far, the majority of deaths from COVID-19 have been from the elderly as well as those underlying health conditions. As such, health officials worldwide have put more focus on the risks that the outbreak poses to these people, than to younger ones like millennials and Gen Z. This seems to have given the latter generations a false sense of security, making them pay less heed to calls to avoid public gatherings and observe social distancing.

“We think part of this may be that people heeded the early data coming out of China and coming out of South Korea about the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions were at particular risk,” stated Birx.

President Donald Trump also weighed in with his own message for young people, some of whom believe that the dangers of the coronavirus have been overblown. He called on younger generations to avoid large gatherings not just to protect themselves, but to protect their loved ones as well.

“I don’t know if you felt invincible when you were very young, but they were feeling totally invincible, or are feeling that way, but they don’t realize that they could be carrying lots of bad things home to grandmother and grandfather and even their parents. So, we want them to heed the advice,” stated the president.

The calls for caution come as thousands of American college students refuse to let the COVID-19 outbreak get in the way of spring break. The annual break traditionally sees American college students going to beaches in Florida and even Mexico.

Deaths among the young are still low

Despite the calls for caution, Birx reassured Americans that there have not been significant numbers of deaths among young people.

“We have not seen any significant mortality in the children,” said Birx. “But we are concerned about the early reports coming out of Italy and France. So again, I’m going to call on that generation … not only calling on you to heed what’s in the guidance, but to really ensure that each and every one of you are protecting each other.”

Younger generations tend to “stare down” problems

The reasons younger generations may be continuing to go out, ignoring calls for social distancing may be more than just from early reports stating that the elderly were more at risk. These younger generations’ nonchalant attitude towards the outbreak may also be down to psychology.

“Every generation will react differently [to COVID-19] based on the experiences that generation has had,” stated Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of the nonprofit Mental Health America (MHA).

Gionfriddo says that these younger generations tend to “stare down” problems as coping or survival mechanism. This, he says, could be why millennials continue to go out to bars and restaurants despite the threat of the disease.

Studies have already suggested that millennials are actually more stressed than other generations, giving them the nickname “the worry generation.” Meanwhile, a 2018 survey by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) shows that Gen Z are more likely to report poor mental health than other generations.

“When you tack on something like [COVID-19], you’re basically not going to see as dramatic a change in their outlook, because the generation is already so stressed,” stated Gionfriddo.

That said, Gionfriddo stated that it’s important that everyone, regardless of their age, understand that the threat of COVID-19 is real and should be taken seriously.

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Iceland study identifies coronavirus mutations, says people may be infected by multiple waves of variants

27March2020 by:

(Natural News) Genetic sequencing of swabs from nearly 10,000 people in Iceland, where 648 cases have been reported as of Tuesday, has revealed 40 different mutations in the novel coronavirus. Sequencing results also revealed that a person may be infected by two variants of the virus.

Researchers at deCODE genetics, a private biopharmaceutical company based in Reykjavik, have been assisting local health authorities in conducting tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. But they were also performing genetic analyses of collected samples in hopes of understanding how the virus spread in the small Icelandic community. Iceland’s population exceeds 364,000 by only a small margin.

Speaking to Danish news outlet Dagbladet Information, Kari Stefansson, the CEO of deCODE genetics, said that the mutations were specific to their countries of origin. Hence they served as genetic signatures, which allowed the researchers to trace the infection back to three groups: Icelanders who were infected in Italy, in Austria, and in the United Kingdom.

“We have the genes from more than 400 infections. The interesting thing about that sequencing is that we can track where the virus came from. Some came from Austria. There is another type from people who were infected in Italy. And there is a third type of virus found in people infected in England. Seven people had attended a football match in England,” Stefansson shared.

Infection by more than one variant of the novel coronavirus is possible

The samples used for the sequencing project came from 9,768 people, who were either confirmed to be infected, showing symptoms of illness or living in high-risk areas. Since the first coronavirus case in Iceland was announced on February 28, health officials have reported two deaths — a 70-year-old woman, who was considered the first Icelandic casualty, and an Australian tourist, whose death has been linked to COVID-19 by preliminary autopsy.

Researchers at deCODE genetics also collected samples from an additional 5,571 volunteers, who neither had any symptoms nor were at risk of COVID-19 at the time of testing. Of the more than 5,000 samples, 48 returned with positive results. But these people, the researchers noted, showed no symptoms of any kind. On the other hand, genetic analyses of the nearly 10,000 samples revealed 40 location-specific mutations that linked them genetically to coronavirus infections in other countries.

The researchers also found evidence of a single person being infected by two variants of the novel coronavirus. While one variant had already undergone mutation, the other was genetically the same as before the mutation occurred. According to Stefansson, the only infections that could be traced to the doubly-infected individual were those caused by the mutated virus.

A silver lining due to nature and mutations

The discovery in Iceland may be new, but it was not the first report to emerge of the coronavirus mutating. Allan Randrup Thomsen, a virologist and professor at the University of Copenhagen, was not surprised by the finding, as the novel coronavirus, he says, is known to mutate “reasonably violently.”

“We have seen reports of variants from China already. In that way, it fits well with what one expects,” he told Dagbladet Information

On March 03, a study published in the journal National Science Review reported how mutations and natural selection led to the development of a more aggressive variant of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in China. According to the researchers behind the study, this variant, which they dubbed the L type, was able to spread more quickly and replicate at a faster rate than the original S type.

Genetic analyses of samples from infected patients in Wuhan also showed that during the early stages of the outbreak, the L type was more prevalent than the S type. However, the L type’s frequency decreased after early January due to “severe selective pressure” placed by human medical intervention. Hence the older and less-aggressive S type eventually became the more predominant type of SARS-CoV-2.

Thomsen expects a slightly similar thing to occur around the world. The novel coronavirus, he said, is behaving by the book; and at the rate it is mutating, he predicts it will evolve into a more contagious but less pathogenic version of itself. (Related: Asia braces for new wave of coronavirus infections, more countries to see spikes in caseloads.)

“It’s similar to the pattern we see with the flu, and we can live with that. I’m not saying that this is how all variants get, but there is a tendency for it to develop that way. This means that viruses can infect more because it is better adapted, but it is not the disease-causing virus variants that survive. These are the variants that cause less disease,” he explained.

Dr. Derek Gatherer, an infectious disease specialist at Lancaster University in the U.K., echoed Thomsen’s sentiments. He, too, believes that the virus will become more contagious but won’t cause severe symptoms, as the variants responsible for those may die out. However, Gatherer said that this may take a couple of years to occur.

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The Coronavirus COVID-19 virus mutates every 2 months

Cryptic transmission of novel coronavirus revealed by genomic epidemiology

02 March2020 by Trevor Bedford

The field of genomic epidemiology focuses on using the genetic sequences of pathogens to understand patterns of transmission and spread. Viruses mutate very quickly and accumulate changes during the process of transmission from one infected individual to another. The novel coronavirus which is responsible for the emerging COVID-19 pandemic mutates at an average of about two mutations per month. After someone is exposed they will generally incubate the virus for ~5 days before symptoms develop and transmission occurs. Other research has shown that the “serial interval” of SARS-CoV-2 is ~7 days. You can think of a transmission chain as looking something like:


where, on average, we have 7 days from one infection to the next. As the virus transmits, it will mutate at this rate of two mutations per month. This means, that on average every other step in the transmission chain will have a mutation and so would look something like:


ncov_transmission_chain_mutationThese mutations are generally really simple things. An ‘A’ might change to a ‘T’, or a ‘G’ to a ‘C’. This changes the genetic code of the virus, but it’s hard for a single letter change to do much to make the virus behave differently. However, with advances in technology, it’s become readily feasible to sequence the genome of the novel coronavirus. This works by taking a swab from someone’s nose and extracting the RNA in the sample and then determining the ‘letters’ of this RNA genome using chemistry and very powerful cameras. Each person’s coronavirus infection will yield a sequence of 30,000 ‘A’, ‘T’, ‘G’ or ‘C’ letters. We can use these sequences to reconstruct which infection is connected to which infection. As an example, if we sequenced three of these infections and found:


We could take the “genomes” ATTT, ATCT and GTCT and infer that the infection with sequence ATTT lead to the infection with sequence ATCT and this infection lead to the infection with sequence GTCT. This approach allows us learn about epidemiology and transmission in a completely novel way and can supplement more traditional contact tracing and case-based reporting.

For a few years now, we’ve been working on the Nextstrain software platform, which aims to make genomic epidemiology as rapid and as useful as possible. We had previously applied this to outbreaks like Ebola, Zika and seasonal flu. Owing to advances in technology and open data sharing, the genomes of 140 SARS-CoV-2 coronaviruses have been shared from all over the world via As these genomes are shared, we download them from GISAID and incorporate them into a global map as quickly as possible and have an always up-to-date view of the genomic epidemiology of novel coronavirus at

The big picture looks like this at the moment:


where we can see the earliest infections in Wuhan, China in purple on the left side of the tree. All these genomes from Wuhan have a common ancestor in late Nov or early Dec, suggesting that this virus has emerged recently in the human population.

The first case in the USA was called “USA/WA1/2020”. This was from a traveller directly returning from Wuhan to Snohomish County on Jan 15, with a swab collected on Jan 19. This virus was rapidly sequenced by the US CDC Division of Viral Diseases and shared publicly on Jan 24 (huge props to the CDC for this). We can zoom into the tree to place WA1 among related viruses:


The virus has an identical genome to the virus Fujian/8/2020 sampled in Fujian on Jan 21, also labeled as a travel export from Wuhan, suggesting a close relationship between these two cases.

Last week the Seattle Flu Study started screening samples for COVID-19 as described here. Soon after starting screening we found a first positive in a sample from Snohomish County. The case was remarkable in that it was a “community case”, only the second recognized in the US, someone who had sought treatment for flu-like symptoms, been tested for flu and then sent home owing to mild disease. After this was diagnostically confirmed by Shoreline Public Health labs on Fri Feb 28 we were able to immediately get the sample USA/WA2/2020 on a sequencer and have a genome available on Sat Feb 29. The results were remarkable. The WA2 case was identical to WA1 except that it had three additional mutations.


This tree structure is consistent with WA2 being a direct descendent of WA1. If this virus arrived in Snohomish County in mid-January with the WA1 traveler from Wuhan and circulated locally for 5 weeks, we’d expect exactly this pattern, where the WA2 genome is a copy of the WA1 genome except it has some mutations that have arisen over the 5 weeks that separate them.

Again, this tree structure is consistent with a transmission chain leading from WA1 to WA2, but we wanted to assess the probability of this pattern arising by chance instead of direct transmission. Scientists often try to approach this situation by thinking of a “null model”, ie if it was coincidence, how likely of a coincidence was it? Here, WA1 and WA2 share the same genetic variant at site 18060 in the virus genome, but only 2/59 sequenced viruses from China possess this variant. Given this low frequency, we’d expect probability of WA2 randomly having the same genetic variant at 2/59 = 3%. To me, this not quite conclusive evidence, but still strong evidence that WA2 is a direct descendent of WA1.

Additional evidence for the relationship between these cases comes from location. The Seattle Flu Study had screened viruses from all over the greater Seattle area, however, we got the positive hit in Snohomish County with cases less than 15 miles apart. This by itself would only be suggestive, but combined with the genetic data, is firm evidence for continued transmission.

I’ve been referring to this scenario as “cryptic transmission”. This is a technical term meaning “undetected transmission”. Our best guess of a scenario looks something like:


We believe this may have occurred by the WA1 case having exposed someone else to the virus in the period between Jan 15 and Jan 19 before they were isolated. If this second case was mild or asymptomatic, contact tracing efforts by public health would have had difficulty detecting it. After this point, community spread occurred and was undetected due to the CDC narrow case definition that required direct travel to China or direct contact with a known case to even be considered for testing. This lack of testing was a critical error and allowed an outbreak in Snohomish County and surroundings to grow to a sizable problem before it was even detected.

Knowing that transmission was initiated on Jan 15 allows us to estimate the total number of infections that exist in this cluster today. Our preliminary analysis puts this at 570 with an 90% uncertainty interval of between 80 and 1500 infections.

Back on Feb 8, I tweeted this thought experiment:


We know that Wuhan went from an index case in ~Nov-Dec 2019 to several thousand cases by mid-Jan 2020, thus going from initial seeding event to widespread local transmission in the span of ~9-10 weeks. We now believe that the Seattle area seeding event was ~Jan 15 and we’re now ~7 weeks later. I expect Seattle now to look like Wuhan around ~1 Jan, when they were reporting the first clusters of patients with unexplained viral pneumonia. We are currently estimating ~600 infections in Seattle, this matches my phylodynamic estimate of the number of infections in Wuhan on Jan 1. Three weeks later, Wuhan had thousands of infections and was put on large-scale lock-down. However, these large-scale non-pharmaceutical interventions to create social distancing had a huge impact on the resulting epidemic. China averted many millions of infections through these intervention measures and cases there have declined substantially.


This suggests that this is controllable. We’re at a critical junction right now, but we can still mitigate this substantially.

Some ways to implement non-pharmaceutical interventions include:

  • Practicing social distancing, such as limiting attendance at events with large groups of people
  • Working from home, if your job and employer allows it
  • Staying home if you are feeling ill
  • Take your temperature daily, if you develop a fever, self-isolate and call your doctor
  • Implementing good hand washing practices – it is extremely important to wash hands regularly
  • Covering coughs and sneezes in your elbow or tissue
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs
  • Beginning some preparations in anticipation of social distancing or supply chain shortages, such as ensuring you have sufficient supplies of prescription medicines and ensuring you have about a 2 week supply of food and other necessary household goods.
  • With these preparation in mind, it is important to not panic buy. Panic buying unnecessarily increases strain on supply chains and can make it difficult to ensure that everyone is able to get supplies that they need.

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Taking anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, cortisone, ...) could be an aggravating factor of the infection

DO NOT Take Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxan, Diclofenac, Advil, Motrin Or Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs Corticosteroids include prednisone, cortisone, and methylprednisolone.

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Ibuprofen exacerbates coronavirus disease

World Health Organization recommends using paracetamol to treat coronavirus symptoms, instead of anti-inflammatories. Here’s why.

Mordechai Sones, 18March2020

The World Health Organization has recommended that people suffering from the symptoms of the virus avoid taking ibuprofen drugs such as Advil. Instead, the organization suggests taking paracetamol, such as Acamol (Tylenol).

They studied why the disease pathway in Italy is more serious, finding that most patients took ibuprofen at home. Researchers joined the virus and ibuprofen in the laboratory and came to the conclusion that administering ibuprofen accelerates multiplication of the virus and is related to a more serious course of the disease. They recommend to avoid ibuprofen and to administer paracetamol, aspirin, diclofenac.

Consultant Pediatrician in London John Greenwood was quoted as saying: “We have just been sent a medical alert that no one is to use anti-inflammatories (e.g. Ibruprofen, Voltarol, naproxen, and others) for pain or high temperature. Use paracetamol instead. There seems to be a link between severe cases of COVID-19 affecting young people with no underlying illnesses and taking anti-inflammatories. Initial reports started coming from French doctors on Friday. This has been confirmed by infectious diseases consultants here – there are four young people in ICU in Cork who have no underlying illnesses – all were taking anti-inflammatories and there are concerns this has caused a more severe illness.”

A Lancet article entitled Are patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus at increased risk for COVID-19 infection? says: “Human pathogenic coronaviruses (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus [SARS-CoV] and SARS-CoV-2) bind to their target cells through angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which is expressed by epithelial cells of the lung, intestine, kidney, and blood vessels.”

“The expression of ACE2 is substantially increased in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who are treated with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II type-I receptor blockers (ARBs). Hypertension is also treated with ACE inhibitors and ARBs, which results in an upregulation of ACE2.5 ACE2 can also be increased by thiazolidinediones and ibuprofen. Suggest that ACE2 expression is increased in diabetes and treatment with ACE inhibitors and ARBs increases ACE2 expression. Consequently, the increased expression of ACE2 would facilitate infection with COVID-19.

“We therefore hypothesize that diabetes and hypertension treatment with ACE2-stimulating drugs increases the risk of developing severe and fatal COVID-19.”

Important French announcement

Dr. John Campbell • 16March2020
French Health Minister, Olivier Vèran”The taking of Anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen, cortisone) could be a factor in aggravating the infection.”

Reducing fever, good or bad

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Reducing fever, Part 2

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9 Superfoods with powerful anti-viral properties

18March2020 by:

(Natural News) Viruses are responsible for many infectious diseases, including the flu, influenza and tuberculosis. Due to increased global travel, viral outbreaks often pose a serious threat to public health. Some examples include the emergence of dengue, measles and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Currently, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading in different countries. COVID-19 is caused by a new strain of coronavirus. Although the disease has a low fatality rate compared to the flu or tuberculosis, healthcare professionals note that a healthy immune system is the body’s first line of defense.

Luckily, there are natural ways to fortify the immune system. For instance, eating a balanced diet ensures that the body receives important nutrients. However, boosting the immune system requires more than just eating the usual foods.

Here are some superfoods with potent anti-viral properties that can help your immune system defend against viruses:


Garlic is a powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. It fortifies the immune system against mild infections, like the common cold, by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Its anti-viral properties also allows garlic to help fight different viruses, such as the influenza viruses that cause the flu and the rhinoviruses that cause the common cold.

Shiitake mushroom

Shiitake mushroom can also boost the immune system because it contains high amounts of beta-glucans, which are found in the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and algae. Beta-glucan supplements are commonly used to treat hyperlipidemia, hypertension and canker sores. However, recent studies have shown that beta-glucan also has anti-viral effects against influenza, swine flu and hepatitis.


Elderberries are commonly used to relieve symptoms of the flu. They also possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the immune system. Elderberries may also be effective against viral infections caused by the herpes simplex virus and HIV.


Many sprouts, like mung bean sprouts and broccoli sprouts, provide the body with high amounts of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Mung bean sprouts, in particular, also possess powerful anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Meanwhile, broccoli sprouts have been shown to enhance anti-viral host defense responses, thanks to the activity of a compound called sulforaphane.

Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruits, limes and pineapples, contain high amounts of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential to many body functions, including metabolism, bone development and cell repair. It also plays an important role in fortifying the immune system against diseases and viral infections. Many green, leafy vegetables contain vitamin C. These include chili peppers, thyme, parsley, spinach, kale and broccoli. (Related: Chinese doctors study vitamin C for treating coronavirus infections.)


This aromatic herb is used in traditional medicine to boost immunity, relieve muscle pain, improve memory and stimulate hair growth. Rosemary contains a plant compound known as oleanolic acid, which can also be found in olives, garlic and brush cherries. Aside from its antioxidant and antibacterial effects, oleanolic acid has potent anti-viral effects against the herpes simplex virus, HIV, influenza and the hepatitis A virus.


Plain, unsweetened yogurt is rich in probiotics that improve digestion and promote a healthy gut. Some strains of probiotics also possess anti-viral effects against respiratory viruses.


Many herbs possess anti-viral properties that fortify the immune system against infections, such as:

  • Oregano – Oregano contains an anti-viral compound known as carvacrol. This compound is highly potent against the murine norovirus, a highly contagious virus that causes stomach flu in humans.
  • Sage – Sage is an aromatic herb that may also be used to treat viral infections thanks to the naturally occurring chemical known as safficinolide.
  • Basil – Basil contains the plant compounds apigenin and ursolic acid, which are potent against the hepatitis B virus, the herpes simplex virus and enteroviruses.
  • Lemon balm – Lemon balm contains plant compounds that have anti-viral effects against bird flu.

Green tea

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a unique plant compound found in green tea leaves that has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Green tea is known to be potent against HIV, the herpes simplex virus and the hepatitis B virus.

Common kitchen herbs, spices and ingredients have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-viral properties that protect the body from infections and diseases. Boost your immune system by including these foods in your recipes, drinks and snacks.

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A closer look at the natural ways to protect yourself against coronavirus

15March2020 by:

(Natural News) In recent months, the coronavirus pandemic — originating from Wuhan, China — has been taking the world by storm with more cases being reported daily. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently announced that there are more than 118,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and that 4,291 have lost their lives to the infectious disease. According to Tedros, the WHO expects to see the number of cases and deaths climb even higher in the weeks ahead. Because of this, healthy-minded people are looking into ways to strengthen their body’s immune system in an attempt to find some sort of protection against the novel coronavirus.

How do you protect yourself against coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a flu-like disease caused by a member of the coronavirus family that is closely related to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. The disease is caused by a virus designated as SARS-CoV-2 by the Coronavirus Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. COVID, on the other hand, is short for “coronavirus disease.” Those with confirmed cases reported symptoms such as coughing, fever and shortness of breath. However, severe cases of COVID-19 can lead to pneumonia and death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines on simple ways to prevent illness by limiting exposure to the virus. However, boosting the immune system can also help the body fight off infections like the coronavirus. Below you can find a few science-backed, natural ways that can provide adequate protection against the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Related: Natural ways to boost your immunity as coronavirus spreads.)


Elderberry is considered one of the most used medicinal plants in the world and has become a popular supplementary food against symptoms of the flu and common cold. While there are many species of elderberry, Sambucus nigra is often used for medicinal purposes due to the many health benefits it provides. However, Health Impact News reported that buying a prepared formula made with S. nigra is better than making your own from fresh berries. This is because elderberry contains natural toxins called cyanogenic glycosides which can cause vomiting, nausea, cramps and diarrhea.

Recent research has established that elderberry could reduce the effects of the common cold and influenza. A study done by researchers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem enrolled patients who exhibited flu-like symptoms and asked them to take 15 milliliters (mL) of elderberry syrup four times a day for a testing period of five days. Their findings revealed that those who took the elderberry syrup recovered four days earlier than participants who took regular flu medications or a placebo.

Furthermore, another study, published in the journal Nutrients, gave 312 economy class passengers a 300 milligram (mg) dose of elderberry extract three times per day. The researchers found that passengers who got sick during the flight experienced much tamer symptoms and had shorter periods of illness, suggesting a significant reduction in cold duration and severity.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver products are popular among holistic health circles and are touted as an effective antibacterial agent. However, recent studies have shown that colloidal silver can handle infectious viruses as well. In a study published in the Journal of Nanotechnology, a research team comprising of members from the University of Texas and Mexico University in Nuevo Leon found that silver nanoparticles could kill HIV-1 and other types of viruses in only three hours. The team incubated HIV-1 virus samples at 37 C and observed that the silver nanoparticle-preparations they tested eliminated 100 percent of the virus.

There are also studies that focused on the efficacy of colloidal silver against respiratory viruses similar to the novel coronavirus. A study published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine found that silver nanoparticles reduced the viral infectivity of human parainfluenza virus type 3. Researchers from the University of Naples theorized that silver is capable of doing so by blocking the interaction of the virus with the cell.

Vitamin C Supplements

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, meaning that the body cannot produce it on its own and it must be gained from external sources. However, the vitamin plays many roles that promote overall health. A large portion of the world, especially in Asia and continental Europe, consider Vitamin C as a potent antiviral agent. Health Impact News reported that China has conducted several clinical trials that involved the intravenous application of vitamin C to treat patients with coronavirus.

While vitamin C has not been tested against coronavirus until recently, previous research has already established its effectiveness against other types of viral infections, such as influenza. A study conducted by researchers from the Seoul National University College of Medicine looked into the anti-viral immune response of vitamin C and found that it exhibits responses even at early times of influenza virus infections through the increased production of the antiviral cytokine interferon (IFN)-a/B.

Following safety precaution guidelines and even quarantining people can be effective ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus. However, these methods do not help in the event of coming into contact with the virus itself. Because of this, strengthening your immune system using natural ways should be considered as a viable and effective prevention protocol to keep yourself safe from the pandemic.

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Natural ways to boost your immunity as coronavirus spreads

29February2020 by:

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(Natural News) During the last half of December 2019, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) began spreading throughout China.

To date, researchers around the globe are scrambling to find a cure for COVID-19, which has already infected hundreds of thousands of people, and claimed thousands of lives.

But what if the key to staying healthy during a pandemic is strengthening your immunity with supplements and herbal remedies? Boosting your immune system could be essential to protecting yourself and not succumbing to infections in the first place.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus?

The coronavirus disease may not initially cause symptoms, and if you’re infected, you may carry the virus (SARS-CoV-2) for two days or up to two weeks before experiencing any symptoms. This makes the disease even more dangerous.

Common symptoms directly linked to COVID-19 coronavirus include:

  • Feeling short of breath.
  • Having a cough that gradually gets worse.
  • Having a low-grade fever that gradually increases in temperature.

Experts are currently studying the full list of symptoms.

Expert: Vitamins that may help boost immunity

Since a strong immune system is essential for enabling your body to fight infections, here are some promising natural protection strategies, according to nutritional experts.

Vitamin C

In an article titled “Coronavirus: Exploring Effective Nutritional Treatments,” written by Andrew W. Saul for the Orthomolecular News Service, he analyzed data gleaned from over 30 clinical studies to verify the antiviral power of vitamin C against different flu viruses spanning several decades.

Saul found that vitamin C inactivates the virus and boosts immunity to continue suppressing the virus. Many cases showed that oral supplementation of at least 10,000 mg of vitamin C daily offered protective benefits. But when dealing with stronger viruses, one may require larger doses given intravenously, such as 100,000 to 150,000 mg of vitamin C daily.

Vitamin C helps your body produce the antioxidant glutathione, as well as an antiviral called interferon.

In cases where IV vitamin C is unavailable, individuals gradually increased their oral dose up to 50,000 mg daily before reaching bowel tolerance. Most people are able to consume five grams (5,000 mg) of powdered or crystal forms of high-quality ascorbic acid at a time every four hours, to the tolerance of their digestive tract.

Andrew Saul writes, “Every virus seems to respond to this type of treatment, regardless of the whether it is SARs, Bird flu, Swine flu or the new Coronavirus flu.”

(Related: Clinical trials of intravenous vitamin C treatments for coronavirus commence in China.)

Vitamin D3

In a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers conducted a double-blind placebo-controlled study where they gave the treatment group 1,200 IU (international units) of vitamin D3 during the cold and flu season. The control group received a placebo.

The participants in the vitamin D group had a 58 percent reduced risk of flu.

Vitamin D3 is a natural treatment for flu infections and it allows your body to create cathelicidin, an antibiotic protein that eliminates bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.

Vitamin D levels of 30 to 50 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) in your blood are believed to be enough, but research has found that levels of about 50 to 100 ng/mL are essential to prevent infection.

You can get vitamin D by following a healthy diet full of food sources of vitamin D, and through exposure to sunlight. However, it is essential to take supplements during the winter season. Consider 5,000 to 10,000 IU daily, or follow the instructions of your naturopathic physician.

If you already have the flu, your physician may recommend you take 50,000 IU daily for the first five days, then take 5,000 to 10,000 IU as a maintenance dose, but this depends entirely on your current blood levels, so get your blood tested by a competent clinical practitioner first.


According to a study from the Journal of Nanotechnology, silver nanoparticles kill HIV-1 and most kinds of viruses. Researchers who conducted the study incubated HIV-1 virus at 37 C and results revealed that silver particles killed 100 percent of the virus after only three hours.

Silver binds to the DNA of the virus cell, which prevents it from multiplying.

Silver prevents a virus from transferring from one person to another by hindering its ability to find a host cell to feed on. Without a host, viruses can’t survive.

Use colloidal silver at doses of 10 to 20 ppm (parts per million) to prevent infections. It is best to use nanoparticle silver.

Anti-viral foods

Aside from taking vitamins C and D and colloidal silver, eating anti-viral foods is one of the best ways to protect yourself against infectious diseases.

The foods below offer strong anti-viral properties.

  • Cilantro
  • Coconut oil
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Pomegranates
  • Red clover
  • Sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turmeric
  • Wild blueberries

Exercise regularly to maintain your physical health and wash your hands thoroughly to maintain proper hygiene. Follow a balanced diet and take supplements to boost your immune system and protect yourself against the dreaded coronavirus.

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Robert Bissett 01March2020

A positive article with reasonable suggestions. Below is a list for any flu season I’ve put together from the best sources I could find and from experience. First, maintain a positive attitude. Be rational; don’t buy into the fear. Almost every media story has an emotional approach. Pandemic is a scarey word, but what are the facts? Johns Hopkins is keeping track and reports this morning, Mar 1, 72 cases of Covid19, one death. The man who died was in his 50’s with underlying medical conditions. Older people, especially those with chronic illnesses such as heart or lung disease, are especially vulnerable. The CDC estimates 32,000,000 – 45,000,000 flu illnesses October 1, 2019, through February 22, 2020 with 18,000 – 46,000 flu deaths. 1 billion flu cases worldwide. A typical flu season. Why isn’t that in the news? It puts things in perspective. All flu illnesses will decrease with the coming of spring. Be well, America.

What to do now?
Avoid crowds, theater, sports, etc.
Limit trips to super market, etc.
Maintain six feet distance from anyone coughing/sneezing
Standard surgical mask, some help
N95 respirator, no beard, 95%, goggles,
Wash hands, face, sanitizer
Nasal spray, neti pot, saltwater solution
Rest, fluids

The Science?
Vaccine recommended 6 mo. and up
Up to a year away for Covid19
Antigenic drift may occur, less effective
Frey, et al, 2010…6% vaxed got flu; 9% unvaxed got it
Less effective for elderly
Zinc…lozenges, tablets, syrup may help
Vitamin C…some help
Vitamin D3/K2…some help
Echinacea…not proven

Antiviral meds…decrease time/symptoms?
zanamivir (Relenza)
oseltamivir (Tamiflu)
peramivir (Rapivab)
baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza)

Alternatives, on your own
Oregano oil, Oreganol
Silver hydrosol


Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations:As of 25March2020

These are the new restrictions to take effect on Wednesday evening

Government approves new Health Ministry regulations, imposing additional limitations on trips to public areas.
Mordechai Sones , 25March2020

The Israeli government approved on Tuesday night emergency regulations to further restrict movement and curb the spread of coronavirus in Israel.

Regulations include further reducing forays into public space, imposing liability on employers, closing non-essential stores, and imposing restrictions on public transport.

The regulations will take effect on Wednesday at 5:00p.m. and will be in effect for a period of seven days.

According to the new emergency regulations, it will not be possible to leave one’s place of residence or permanent residence in the public space, other than for one of the following reasons or purposes:

• Employee arrival at work is permitted by regulations.

• Equipping with food, medicines, essential products, and receiving essential services.

• Getting medical service.

• Blood donation.

• Legal proceedings.

• Demonstration.

• Arriving at the Knesset.

• For the treatment of welfare recipients.

• Walks by an individual or persons living in the same place for a short time and up to 100 meters from the place of residence.

• Medical assistance to another person or assistance to a person with difficulty or distress requiring assistance.

• Prayer at an open place, a funeral, a wedding and a Brit, as well as a woman’s use of the mikvah, provided that they pre-arranged the time of their arrival.

• Transporting a minor to educational settings for children of essential workers and special frameworks (in accordance with the Public Health Order).

• Transporting a minor, whose parents live separately, from one of his parents to the other parent’s home.

• Transporting a minor whose responsible parent is required to leave for a vital need and there is no responsible place of residence for the minor to be kept under supervision.

It was also decided that public transport services would be reduced to around 25% of the existing services, and in accordance with Health Ministry.

Taxi services will be limited to one passenger or an additional escort for medical purposes, with passengers sitting in the back seat with car windows open.

Regulations stipulate that at least 2 meters be maintained between people in public and the workplace. Up to 2 passengers may share an essential vehicle ride. Shuttle services to workplaces are also permitted, subject to restrictions.

In addition, it was stated that an employer has a duty to measure temperatures at the entrance to the workplace. A person with a temperature exceeding 38°C (100.4°F) shall not be admitted.

Alongside this, food delivery services, newspapers, as well as essential home maintenance services, electrical appliances, products, and communications services and medical accessories will be permitted. Online sale with shipping is allowed for all types of products. Residential delivery service shall place deliveries outside the residence.

Businesses may sell food for consumption outside the dining and delivery service only. Pharmacies, optics establishments, or stores that primarily deal with sale of hygiene products will operate subject to maintaining 2 meters between people and preventing crowding, so that customers not be in the store at any time with more than 4 people waiting at an active cash register.

It was established that violating the prohibitions will constitute a criminal offense, which will also allow imposing administrative fine on violators, and also provided for police powers to enforce the relevant provisions.

All emergency Health Ministry regulations as approved by the government will be circulated as soon as possible.

Beyond the said regulations, it was reiterated the common need to obey the rules in order to eradicate the spread of the virus. Populations of 60 or older, with emphasis on the elderly and populations at risk should stay in their homes and not risk going outside.

Just prior to the release of the guidelines, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate announced that it is closing all synagogues until further notice, in light of the coronavirus spread.

The entire #CoronaVirus strategy in 2 minutes! Simple, yet effective breakdown by #Israel's Defense Minister @naftalibennett :


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Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations: As of 25March2020 Chief Rabbinate closes all synagogues until further notice

Chief Rabbinate closes all synagogues until further notice

New guidelines to stem coronavirus go into effect Wednesday evening, Chief Rabbinate closes synagogues.
Arutz Sheva Staff , 25March2020

The Chief Rabbinate announced Wednesday afternoon that it is closing all synagogues until further notice, in light of the coronavirus spread.

The Health Ministry has made it clear that the new guidelines will be valid from 17:00 onwards and for seven days.

In a live Facebook video, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett (Yamina) emphasized the importance of following the new guidelines, and mentioned that coronavirus remains on surfaces for hours and days on end.

Praising the Israeli public for its general adherence to Health Ministry instructions, Bennett said: “The Israeli public has been remarkable in understanding the vital need to isolate, which is why I have a certain degree of optimism. But we’re going to hunker down in coming days.”

“Beware of elevator buttons, ATM buttons, because those are mass contamination surfaces. Use a tissue or the fold in your finger.

“I hope that after Passover we’ll be able to open up but that depends on the phase of massive testing.”


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Coronavirus COVID-19 Emergency Regulations:As of 20March2020

When is it permitted to leave? How many passengers in the car?

A citizen who violates isolation orders may be fined 5,000 shekels.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 20March2020

The Cabinet Ministers will approve in the coming hours the emergency regulations announced by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening.

The regulations will turn the Ministry of Health’s guidelines into mandatory instructions and will significantly limit the movement of citizens across the country, with the aim of creating a “social distancing” that will further isolate the coronavirus and prevent it from spreading.

According to the regulations, it will be permitted to leave a home or place of permanent residence and go out to the public space only for the purpose of:

1. Getting to and from a workplace, subject to the fact that the workplace can operate in accordance with the regulations separately laid down for that purpose.

2. Equipping and purchasing of foods, medicines, products and other basic or essential services.

3. Getting medical service.

4. Blood donation.

5. Demonstration.

6. Legal process.

7. Individual sports activity, except for members of the same family unit.

8. Exiting a place of residence for a short time and going to a place nearby by a single person or persons of the same family unit staying together in one place.

9. Leaving for a religious ceremony, including a wedding or funeral, as well as a prayer service for up to 10 people keeping a distance of two meters from each other.

10. Leaving in order to provide assistance to another person who has a medical problem or other difficulty requiring support.

11. Leaving for another essential purpose.

The regulations establish rules of conduct in the public domain aimed at creating “social distancing” and preventing infection from person to person, including:

12. Keeping a distance of at least two meters between people as much as possible.

13. Traveling by private car is restricted to up to two passengers in the same vehicle. These instructions will not apply to individuals of the same family unit, or when traveling with more than two passengers in the same vehicle is essential.

14. As far as service providers are concerned, the regulations state that in a delivery service to a place of residence, the delivery will be placed near the door of the residence and outside it, and that vital repair service can be maintained.

All trade, recreation and leisure activities are prohibited in places specified in the order –

1. A mall and a shopping complex comprising 10 stores or more or the total area of ​​the shops exceeding 3,000 square meters, with the exception of a place for sale of food, a pharmacy, or a store whose main activity is the sale of hygiene products in the mall or such compound: For this purpose, a shopping complex without a roof in which the total number of stores, excluding stores not listed in paragraph (2) below, does not exceed 10, will be able to continue its activity.

2. A discotheque, bar, pub, banquet hall, fitness center, swimming pool, water park, zoo, safari, petting zoo, bathhouses, cinemas, theaters, cultural institutions, amusement parks, businesses for non-medical treatment of the human body, places which hold shows and fairs, public boats, cable cars, museum, nature reserve, national park, library, tourist attractions and heritage sites.

At the same time, places where restricted activities are permitted under the conditions specified in the regulations have been determined: A dining room, including a hotel dining room; A place to sell food, a pharmacy or a store that mainly deals with the sale of hygiene products; A store other than the stores listed in paragraph (b) (2)


200 Israeli Students, Teachers, Quarantined following Contact with Infected Korean Pilgrims

Hana Levi Julian 28 Shevat 5780 – 23February2020

As of Saturday night, 200 Israeli students and at least 15 teachers are under a self-quarantine after having been exposed to a delegation of South Korean tourists who were subsequently diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus after they returned to their country. A decision was made this weekend by Israel to bar foreign nationals entering from South Korea, adding that country to a list that so far includes China, Japan, Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand. The infected tourists visited Israel between February 8-15.

200 Foreign Nationals Not Allowed to Disembark at Ben Gurion Airport

Ninety students plus 10 teachers and chaperones from a school in Afula were added to the list of those who are to be quarantined at home late Saturday night.

30 Israeli Students Quarantined After Contact with 9 Coronavirus-Infected Korean Pilgrims

Thirty eighth-graders and their two teachers from a school in Be’er Sheva had already been instructed earlier in the day on Saturday to enter home isolation after it turned out they had stood near the group of South Korean tourists who were diagnosed upon their return to their homeland. The students and their teachers will remain in isolation until Thursday.

Sixty eighth graders, five teachers and a guard from a school in Haifa were also told to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, Israel’s Health Ministry announced on Saturday. The students and the staff members who were with them were visiting the national park at Masada at the same time as the delegation of South Koreans, 19 of whom were subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19.

In addition, a group of high school students from the Negev Bedouin town of Keseifa were also at Masada at the same time as the South Koreans, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 13 News.

South Korean officials confirmed on Saturday that so far 433 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been diagnosed in the country, and that two people have died of the illness. Since Friday alone, 229 new cases were diagnosed in South Korea.

New MDA Hotline
Under the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, Magen David Adom opened a special hotline on Saturday night, focusing on treating people suspected of contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Within hours of the opening of the hotline, hundreds of citizen inquiries were received regarding the virus at MDA’s 101 hotline.

Anyone who is required to be in quarantine according to the Health Ministry guidelines, or anyone who has been in contact with a coronavirus patient, or someone who suspects they may be infected with the virus and who has symptoms such as fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms should call the Magen David Adom 101 Emergency Call Center.

Medics and paramedics at the 101 hotline will join the call with the on-call doctor or nurse who then decides to consult with a physician at the Ministry of Health whether there is a need for medical care and if so, how to proceed.

According to the patient’s symptoms, a decision is made whether to send an ambulance to evacuate the patient to the hospital, or to send a paramedic to the patient in his home and take a sample to be analyzed without evacuating the patient at this time. The sample will be sent forward to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, in order to deny the presence of Corona virus. If necessary, an ambulance will be called to evacuate the patient to the hospital under special isolation conditions.

“Dozens of experienced and professional paramedics have joined the mission, as they recognize the importance of conducting medical examinations in the patient’s home to prevent the spread of the virus in Israel,” said MDA director-general Eli Bin.

“Paramedics are protected at the highest level, using dedicated anti-infection kits, according to the protocol used in infectious cases, where we see routinely.”

Dozens of paramedics at Magen David Adom underwent dedicated training on how to collect samples from the patients, in order to deny the presence of the coronavirus. As part of the training, paramedics practiced taking the patient’s samples while staying fully protected against infection. The medics and paramedics in MDA 101 Emergency Call Center were also trained to question and manage the cases. Magen David Adom has developed a special system, where among other things, a video call with the patient can be made.

Magen David Adom continues to operate the inspection post at Ben Gurion International Airport, where MDA EMTs and paramedics question travelers and perform tests to those who arrive at the stand in accordance with the medical protocols set by the Ministry of Health.


Israel imposes 2-week quarantine on all tourists, returning citizens

“This was a tough decision to make, but it is essential if we want to safeguard the health of the general public; public health considerations trump everything,” PM Netanyahu says.

by Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff Published on 09March2020

Israel will require all citizens who return from abroad to self-quarantine for 14 days as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.


It will admit foreigners only if they can prove they have the means to self-quarantine, Israeli media said, adding that this measure would go into effect on Thursday.

“After 24 hours of deliberations, we have made the decision that anyone who enters Israel from abroad will be subject to quarantine for 14 days,” Netanyahu said. “This was a tough decision to make, but it is essential if we want to safeguard the health of the general public; public health trumps everything. This decision will be in effect for two weeks.”

The measure would mean quarantine for some 300,000 citizens in a country of around 9 million.

Netanyahu added that his office was taking additional steps to ensure Israel’s economy was not adversly affected.

So far, 39 Israelis have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. Over 70,000 Israelis – those who have recently returned from trips to Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, China, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and Italy, and those exposed to them in various ways – have been ordered into a 14-day home quarantine.

This had made travel and trade difficult, with tourism expected to suffer.


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Health Ministry Coronavirus guidelines

Health Minister: We are in control of Coronavirus situation.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 04March2020
Health Minister Yaakov Litzman addressed the stricter instructions for dealing with the Coronavirus with which were issued Wednesday.

“We are in control of the situation and are doing everything that can be done. We don’t know where this virus is coming from, so we are preparing for everything that could happen,” Litzman said in an interview with Kan Bet.

He added: “If everyone had obeyed the Health Ministry’s instructions from the beginning – we wouldn’t have come to anything. The difference between the State of Israel and other countries is that we can tell everyone about the Coronavirus, where it appeared and when.”

In response to criticism from the Foreign Ministry and the public about the Health Ministry’s instructions, Litzman said, “The prime minister actually supported me. He kept saying that it was better to get worse than ease.”

The minister also referred to the Prime Minister’s statement that this is a worldwide epidemic “perhaps the most dangerous of the last century.”

“He spoke the truth,” Litzman said.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health issued the following guidelines.

1. Israelis returning from France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Austria will be charged with home isolation for 14 days, the decision being retroactive from the date of departure.

2. Foreigners from these countries will not be able to enter Israel, but will exhibit a proven ability to isolate a home. Implementation of this decision will take effect in the coming days.

3. Prohibition on holding international conferences in Israel.

4. Residents of Israel returning from international conferences abroad – will have to enter home isolation for 14 days.

5. Health care workers face a blanket ban on going abroad.

6. Mass gatherings and conferences of 5,000 or more people are prohibited.

7. Participation in gatherings of over 100 persons is prohibited for persons returning from any destination abroad in the last 14 days.

8. The Civil Service Commissioner to prohibit workers at Israeli ports from traveling abroad.

9. Recommendation for those aged 60 and over and those with chronic background illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease or immunosuppression, to avoid crowds and contact with people returning from any destination abroad or with symptoms or people suspected of being blue.

10. Tourists staying in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon (in the last 14 days) will not be allowed to enter the country.

11. The Health Ministry recommends strict hygiene and avoiding handshakes.


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Health Ministry: Don’t leave home for non-essential reasons

Health Ministry issues new guidelines, closing libraries, non-essential stores, and all group activities.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 17March2020

Israel’s Health Ministry on Tuesday issued new guidelines which require Israelis to remain at home other than for necessary outings. These guidelines include:

1. Do not leave home, other than for situations which require it (work in accordance with the guidelines, purchasing food, medication, medical services, and other necessary services).

2. Do not leave home to visit parks, playgrounds, beaches, pools, libraries, museums, nature reserves and parks, or other public spaces, other than children leaving with their families only, or with pets (in an individual fashion).

3. Do not hold extracurricular activities, even with a minimum number of participants. This includes sports and gyms, as well as group activities publicly or privately provided. Unorganized exercise activities of up to five people are allowed, so long as participants can keep a distance of two meters from each other.

4. Keep in contact with friends via technology, and avoid hosting friends and family who do not live in your home.

5. Those who are at increased risk of complications, such as the elderly or those who suffer chronic illness or long-term respiratory issues, including: asthma, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, immune disorders or diseases, cancer patients and patients who are immunocompromised, must avoid leaving their homes as much as possible, other than for necessary services. Instead, they should request the aid of family and friends in keeping their homes supplied with what they need.

6. The following tools should be used to limit outings:
1. Telecommuting, including video calls and conference calls
2. Each employer must be sure to provide a space of two meters between employees and ensure personal and environmental hygiene.
3. Deliveries will be placed outside the door.
4. Dentist appointments should be delayed as much as possible, and only crucial and emergency situations should be handled.

7. While leaving home due to situations which require it, contact between people should be limited, and a distance of two meters between people should be kept.

8. Medical services:
1. If there is a medical issue, it is recommended to consult via technology and not arrive at the clinic physically, as much as possible and in accordance with the health fund’s guidelines on the internet and media.
2. Immediately at the start of the lockdown, individuals should ascertain the ways they can contact their health funds. This can be done via the internet or via family members, and the health fund’s guidelines should be clarified in case a person needs medical services. (Be sure you know how to contact your health fund, and follow their guidelines.)
3. If you feel you are developing symptoms of a disease, fever, with or without respiratory symptoms, immediately quarantine yourself at home and avoid contact with your family. Check your temperature twice a day. If you are worried, contact your doctor or the local clinic which you belong to.
4. In case of fever, the patient will be in quarantine until two days after the fever breaks. The rest of the family will be quarantined only if the patient tests positive for coronavirus.

Other guidelines:

  • avoid physical contact, including hugging and handshakes
  • do not open the door with your hand
  • avoid touching your face
  • wash your hands frequently with soap
  • air out your home as much as possible
  • sterilize handles and doors
  • avoid kissing mezuzahs and other holy objects
  • avoid smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, or hookah – this is a great opportunity to quit smoking!
  • avoid sharing plates and utensils, and avoid transferring food from your mouth to someone else’s
  • be sure to eat a nutritionally balanced diet and exercise properly while you are at home (see guidelines)

Guidelines for behavior outside the home:

When can you leave the house?
1. If you need urgent medical care – those who have fever or respiratory symptoms are forbidden from leaving their homes, other than for a medical emergency.
2. Employees – according to the government guidelines and the separately-published guidelines
3. Leaving the home in order to buy food, if there is no option to receive a delivery or have a family member purchase it (in the case of the elderly or chronically ill)
4. Funerals – reduce the number of participants to a minimum, and keep it to only close family. Be sure there is a space of two meters between people. Avoid remaining in enclosed areas.
5. Individuals may leave for a ten-minute walk in isolated areas, or to their yard. Take the elevator down alone, and keep away from other people.
6. Childcare – two families may decide to share childcare on a regular basis.

How to act when leaving home:
1. Leave in a private vehicle – one person alone, or family members from the same household, other than when there is a need to bring someone for medical care that is not urgent.
2. Avoid using public transportation as much as possible – guidelines will be issued separately.
3. Keep a distance of two meters between people when arriving at a public place where people are.
4. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and ensure respiratory hygiene.

How to act at work:
1. Be sure to keep a space of at least two meters between employees in all places of employment and areas where employees are found.
2. Check your temperature before leaving for work. If you have a fever or develop respiratory symptoms, do not come to work and keep the rules for home quarantine. It is suggested that you keep a chart of your temperature, which should be taken each morning and evening.
3. Wash your hands with soap before entering and leaving the workplace, and at least once every three hours.
4. Try as much as possible not to touch your nose or mouth, and to wash your hands after every time you do touch them.
5. Place tissues or toilet paper in easy reach of all employees.
6. Be sure to keep the other guidelines mentioned above.

Beginning on Sunday, March 22, elective activities in public hospitals will cease. A detailed announcement will be issued on the subject.

Commercial stores which are not essential, as the order defines it (such as food, medicine, and toiletries) must close.


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Public transportation to be halted on nights, weekends

No buses, trains to operate after 8 PM or from Thursday night until Sunday morning.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 17March2020

The Director of the National Transportation Authority, Amir Asraf, ordered the cessation of public transportation at night due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Tonight the new edict will take effect at 10 PM. Beginning tomorrow night all public transportation will cease operations at 8 PM.

In addition, public transportation will not run over the weekend. No buses or trains will run from 8 PM on Thursday night until Sunday morning.

Public transport will continue during the day on weekdays and will continue to operate in vital locations including employment centers, supermarkets and shopping centers, health funds and hospitals. The Transportation Ministry professionals, under the direction of the Health Ministry, decided to stop public transport to non-essential places, including educational institutions.

Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich said: “What is in front of us is the health of Israeli citizens and maintaining maximum functional continuity for the economy, according to the current circumstances. Addressing the citizens of Israel, I understand the difficulties they face, we are on critical days. Please, avoid traveling on public transportation and observe the Health Ministry guidelines.”


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New coronavirus restrictions

Health Ministry bans gatherings of over 2,000 people, discourages visits to hospitals, nursing homes by non-patients.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 10March2020

The Health Ministry announced new guidelines and restrictions in response to the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday evening.

The ministry has tightened restrictions on large gatherings from gatherings of 5,000 people to banning gatherings of 2,000 or more people.

In addition, visits to hospitals and nursing homes by non-patients should be avoided. People with symptoms of the virus may not accompany patients or visit institutions for the elderly.

The Health Ministry recommends that the elderly population, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions, as well as people with weak or compromised immune systems, reduce their contact with other people while maintaining their routine.

At the same time, the possibility of closing Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion Airport completely and transferring all airport operations to Terminal 1 is being considered, Channel 12 News reported.


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Netanyahu: No gatherings of 100 or more people

PM Netanyahu, Health Minister Litzman issue new directives in efforts to contain coronavirus outbreak.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 11March2020


Coronavirus briefs: Purim impact, increasing travel restrictions

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths 05March2020

Purim-Coronavirus-Mishloach Manot: Corona Extra Beer, Alco-Gel Hand Sanitizer, DEXAMOL Fever Reducer/Pain Killer, Tea and Medical Protective Face Mask

Purim-Coronavirus-Mishloach Manot: Corona Extra Beer, Alco-Gel Hand Sanitizer, DEXAMOL Fever Reducer/Pain Killer, Tea and Medical Protective Face Mask

Mishloach Manot – shalach manos, the mitzvah of sending gifts to your friends, is a major requirement of Purim. As is hearing the Megillah, having a seudah (large Purim meal) and generally partying, being happy and being very social.

Based on the rulings of Gedolei HaPoskim

During an epidemic, one should fulfil the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot with just one or two people and instead give more “matanot l’evyonim” – gift charity to the poor.

Better to use pre-packaged sealed foods and not home-made items to decrease the possibility of infection. And frankly, if Coronavirus is in the area, are you going to open those shalach manos anyway? So are the people you send them too?

– If authorities declare no gatherings or limited small gatherings, people should not get together in synagogue (for general prayer or to hear the Megillah on Purim). People should instead, staying within the rules given by government and health authorities, make small groups, or just a minyan if that size is allowed, or just 15-20 people well spaced out or masked – to read/hear the Megillah. Hearing through a window or doorway or some distance away is still fulfilling the mitzvah, spread out for safety (more of a problem with children).

– If someone is unable to hear the Megillah, (some authorities say) he/she should recite Hallel (instead) without a blessing.

– If one can only hear the Megillah once, better day than night.

– The Purim Seudah should be kept to small groups such as immediate family (minimise the possibility of group infection).

– Heavy drinking and excessive partying while people are suffering from an epidemic is inappropriate. Stay subdued. (Nobody needs pictures of drunken Jews partying appearing on Facebook opposite people in intensive care struggling to breathe.)

On the topic of travel, and/or visiting Israel or traveling from Israel to the US for the holidays:

— Many European and Asian airlines have suspended travel to Israel as of today until … (the middle of the month, the end of the month, unknown).

— United Airlines and Jet Blue in the U.S. have significantly reduced their flight schedule, as less people are flying and as staff is affected by quarantines.

— Israel has increased travel restrictions, stopping entry or requiring everyone coming to immediately enter 14 day quarantine upon entering from France, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea.

— Anyone even changing planes in Italy, China, or South Korea gets the 14 day quarantine upon arriving in Israel.

(Israeli Ministry of Health Corona site in English for travellers.)

ADVICE – High probability things get worse before they get better, more flights will be cancelled, more restrictions added, more events cancelled. Some airlines and hotels may go out of business – make sure you’ve paid with a credit card that gives an easy refund in such a situation (U.S. credit cards are pretty good about this).

I advise to cancel and re-plan while you can (while you can get a refund) – or at least have a backup plan in case your primary plans end up in the toilet. Don’t freak out, think through an alternative “just in case”. As things get worse for a while, you may be able to travel but not return (for some weeks/months) – keep that in mind and plan appropriately. (If mother is coming to visit, that may not be so bad [as long as she can get her medications where you are]. If you and the 5 children went to visit mother, that may be…challenging.)


— Large gatherings forbidden (sporting events, stadium events, concerts)
— Conferences cancelled
— Marathon cancelled
— Purim parades cancelled
— Passover markets cancelled (some)
— Some non-Jewish tourist and holy sites closed (all Bethlehem sites)
— Some Jewish tourist and holy sites closed (all Kever Yosef tours suspended as of today)
— Hi-tech employers preparing employees for remote work (if employees or employer offices are quarantined), mass buying laptops and video conf. services

For an example of worse or “farther along”, take a look at Italy, all schools closed nationwide and no public events that don’t allow “1 meter separation”.


– Events over 100 people may be prohibited.
– Wedding halls may be closed.
– Large synagogues may be closed.
– There may be a Passover matzah shortage as people who normally travel for Pesach aren’t able to do so (raising local matzah demand by 10% over capacity).
– In a “worst case” scenario, the whole country (Israel) may pause / quarantine for 2 weeks, everyone staying home (except for health care, public safety or defense) – which should halt spreading and identify all infected (at a severe economic cost).

Symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus CoVid-19: fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath

May Hashem grant a quick solution and end to this plague, keep all klal Yisroel and everyone safe and healthy.

Pray, think, prepare. Torah is Toras Chayim, you are required to take steps to live and not risk your life unnecessarily.


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Corona restrictions: Guidelines for synagogues

Following ban on gatherings of over 100 people, World Organization of Orthodox Synagogues publishes updated guidelines.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 12March2020

A. Minyans (prayer gatherings) in which there are usually more than 100 worshipers must to ensure that they do not exceed the number allowed (100 men and women).

B. Whenever possible, Shabbat minyans should be split into different hours or places to reduce the number of worshipers.

C. Ensure ventilation through open windows in the synagogue.

D. Those who do not feel good, and those who develop respiratory symptoms, are not allowed to come to the synagogue.

E. It is preferable that people in at-risk groups pray at home.

F. Effort should be made not to prolong prayer, and to shorten Torah speeches.

G. Be careful not to shake hands, not to kiss a Torah scroll, mezuzah, and prayer books. It is preferable to bring a personal prayer book and Humash (book of the Torah) from home.

H. Be careful to wash hands with soap, try to have bottles of alcohol at the entrance to the synagogue.

I. At the end of the prayer, people should disperse and not gather outside of the synagogue.

J. Please pay attention to neighbors, the elderly, lonely and the like and help them in their daily functioning during this complex time.


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Chief Rabbi: ‘Health Ministry coronavirus prevention guidelines halakhically binding’

Chief Rabbi Lau issues specific prevention guidelines for maintaining Jewish communal and personal life.

Mordechai Sones, 12March2020

Following the recent Health Ministry and other instructions, Israel Chief Rabbi David Lau issued halakhic guidelines on coronavirus disease prevention.

Rabbi Lau said: “Last night, the Prime Minister and Health Minister announced precautionary measures that we are obliged to exercise for fear of the spread of coronavirus disease.

“These guidelines also apply according to halakha! People should keep from harming others even more than themselves. The coronavirus can also pass from a completely healthy person to another and jeopardize others. This requires strict adherence to instructions given even if they are difficult and burdensome.”

Rabbi Lau then listed specific prevention guidelines for maintaining Jewish communal and personal life:


In accordance with expert guidelines to limit the number of worshipers to one hundred persons, it is compulsory to divide minyanim in synagogues into a number of minyanim, each of which may number up to one hundred persons.
If there is much crowding in the synagogue, even though it does not have a hundred people, it should be divided into several minyanim.
Synagogues and study halls (batei midrash) must be properly ventilated, in accordance with expert guidelines.
It is mandatory for synagogue gabbais to maintain maximum hygiene throughout the synagogue space, including ample supply of proper disinfectants.
A person who is in isolation or who is at high risk should pray at home and try to coordinate his prayer time with the time the community prays.

Torah learning

The routine of life must continue, so one should not cancel a minyan or Torah lessons (unless otherwise determined by those responsible for public health).

Yeshivot and educational institutions

According to Health Ministry instructions, educational institutions are continuing as usual for now. In the yeshiva world, Torah continues to be learned more intensely, and the power of the Torah and the voice of Torah will stand for all of Israel and the world at large, until other guidelines are given.

Mikvah use

Family life and family purity laws should be continued and there is no place for fear. A woman who, according to Health Ministry guidelines, is supposed to be in isolation should act as her condition requires.


Do not postpone a wedding due to the current situation. It is preferable to hold it with a small audience than to postpone it. This is also true because we do not know when it will again be possible to hold mass celebrations.

Visiting the sick

It is an important mitzvah to visit the sick, but in this situation it should be avoided. Nor should homes for the elderly be visited for fear of transmitting the disease. At the same time, one must find a way to help those individuals whose plight is unseen.

Rabbi Lau continued: “Adhering to these instructions is a Torah obligation: ‘And you must greatly watch over your lives.’

“The present situation requires much prayer, and therefore at the end of evening, morning, and afternoon prayers one should add chapters 13 and 20 in the Psalms together with the congregation, and the misheberach prayer for the sick.

“Also, be sure to say a hundred blessings a day, as the Gaonim wrote that King David mandated that Israel bless one hundred blessings each day when a plague broke out in his time, and the plague stopped.”

The Chief Rabbi closed with a prayer: “Save us from sword, captivity, pandemic, and plague, and any kind of trouble and grief. Save us, for our eyes are unto You. See our troubles and hear the voice of our prayer, for You hear prayer. May we celebrate the coming Passover Feast of Redemption with joy, gladness, and together as a nation.”

הרב הראשי, דוד לאו: לא לדחות חופות


Life under Coronavirus COVID-19

Natan Sharansky’s Tips for Quarantine

הסוכנות היהודית לארץ ישראל
A man who was imprisoned by the Soviet regime for 9 years, half that time in solitary confinement has advice for all of us as we face the Coronavirus crisis. Natan Sharansky, past chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, was imprisoned for his work as a Zionist and human rights activist in the U.S.S.R. You can imagine he knows a thing or two about how to get through long bouts of isolation. As the world goes into lock-down mode to fight the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Sharansky’s advice is helpful and inspiring. #EveryOneOfUsTogether

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Pesach in Natan Sharansky’s prison cell

Amid restrictions ahead of Pesach, former Prisoner of Zion describes the faith that sustained him during his isolation in Soviet prison.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 29March2020

יציאת מצרים הפרטית שלי – סיפורו של נתן שרנסקי | My personal Exodus – by Natan Sharansky

NashimBeYarok 26March2020

As part of the Friday Lectures at Oz veGaon project, in a lecture on-line, former minister and head of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky told the story of his life, especially addressing these days, days of almost total closure and preparation for the approaching Pesach holiday.

Sharansky told of his childhood in the Soviet Union, when he knew the term “Jew” only from the anti-Semitic point of view and where most of the Jews in the area he grew up in were devoid of any sign of Jewishness. He also told of the great change that began in ‘67 with the end of the Six Day War. He was then a student who received special attention as a Jew who belonged to the nation that had experienced a miraculous victory in the war.

This is when his connection was renewed with the Jewish People, the demonstrations to allow aliyah to Israel and for human rights that won international resonance, as well as the story of his marriage to Avital, who immigrated to Israel the day after their wedding and waited for him 12 years while conducting a world-wide struggle.

In his story he described the night of the Seder spent in the cell where he was placed by the Soviet authorities and the eve of Israel Independence Day that he celebrated while isolated in his prison cell but in his heart, together with the People of Israel as one big family.

Sharansky concluded by emphasizing the idea that even if we are not with our family on the eve of the approaching Seder, we should remember how we are one big family, how strong we are because of this feeling, how it is not important if we are alone or at a large table, we are a People with a shared history, a shared future and a very special role in this world.

Ahm Yisrael Hai! (The People of Israel lives)!


Pesach Seder: Protect your Grandparents

We all stay home on Passover

Arsen-strovsky-tweet-30March2020 Powerful message from @naftalibennett to Jewish communities around the world ahead of #Pesach: "Do the Pesach Seder in the very nuclear family. You do not do it this year with grandma and grandpa. There will be no Pesach Seder with young people and old people."


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Watch live: Happy Mobile traverses Jerusalem neighborhoods

Mayor Moshe Leon and Jerusalem’s Happy Mobile arrive in the Har Homa with Yishai Lapidot, singer Eyal Twito, and keyboardist Yanki Azulai.

Arutz Sheva Staff , 25March2020

משאית השמחה של ראש העיר ירושלים בשכונת הר חומה

Arutz Sheva TV 25March2020


Coronavirus: Effort or Emuna?

22 March 2020

People are confused, especially when some rabbis have padlocked their synagogues while for others, it’s business as usual. Many are asking me if listening to one’s local medical authorities and refraining from praying in a synagogue or immersing in a men’s mikva constitutes a lack of emuna. Today’s podcast provides a detailed answer…


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24 people make aliyah, go directly into quarantine

24 new olim arrive on Nefesh B’Nefesh flight despite coronavirus crisis, go straight into 2-week isolation.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 19March2020

Twenty-four new Olim landed at Ben Gurion airport today through a Nefesh B’Nefesh group Aliyah flight, in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, The Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and Jewish National Fund-USA. The Olim on this flight were comprised of 10 families and singles ranging in ages from a nine-month-old to a 73-year-old, including two sisters who decided to make Aliyah together; hailing from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In addition to today’s Olim, Nefesh B’Nefesh is expecting 20 more Olim to arrive over the course of the next two weeks.

“It is truly remarkable to see that Aliyah is continuing amidst increasingly complex global circumstances,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh. “These new Olim, more than ever, represent the strong future of the State of Israel as they are determined to fulfill their dreams of helping to build the Jewish Nation. We are ready to assist them throughout their entire Aliyah process in order for them to settle into their new homes as smoothly and comfortably as possible during these challenging times.”

Nefesh B’Nefesh has set up a dedicated hotline for the new arrivals during this time in order to maintain as close contact as possible and lend any support needed. In addition, special funding has been allocated for this purpose in order to offer any additional assistance needed at this time.

Today’s new Olim will be moving directly into quarantine for fourteen days in cities all across Israel, including Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, Holon, Modi’in, Netanya, Ra’anana, Tzfat and Yad Binyamin. This group flight is one of several planned for 2020.

Among the Olim who landed this morning were Aviva and Tzvi Karoly with their two young children: “When we first learned that we would likely be put in mandatory quarantine upon arrival, I was a bit freaked out. However, within minutes of my posting on a Facebook page for the community I was inundated with volunteers offering to bring us groceries, toys, books and anything else we might need. Complete strangers were literally lining up to help us,” said new Olah Aviva Karoly in a goodbye letter to her community of Washington Heights, NY. “How amazing are the people of Modi’in, and we are so excited to be part of this community. There are literally piles of supplies stocked outside our door just waiting for us to come home.”

JerusalemCats Comments:

Kol ha-kavod on the new Olim!!!

For those who want to stay in the Diaspora there is a new import from China:

China invokes HOLOCAUST HORRORS as 40 mobile incineration ovens are deployed in Wuhan, labeled for disposal of “animal corpses”

19February2020 by:

Image: China invokes HOLOCAUST HORRORS as 40 mobile incineration ovens are deployed in Wuhan, labeled for disposal of “animal corpses” The words on the side of these incineration ovens say, “Garbage and Animal Corpse Placement Receptacle.”
(Natural News) Remember 13 days ago when we warned that “cremation vans” were running 24/7 in Wuhan, China while the crematoriums were backlogged with piles of dead bodies stacked in the cremation queues?

Now China has brought in 40 mobile incineration ovens to burn and destroy what the Chinese government calls “medical waste.” As you can see in the photos below, the incineration ovens are labeled for the disposal of “animal corpses.”

The deployment of incineration ovens, combined with the grotesque violations of basic human rights now being routinely committed by China in response to the pandemic, has invoked memories of the horrors related to the Holocaust of World War II.

As reported by the UK Daily Star, these incineration ovens are built to the size of 20-foot transport containers, and each can incinerate about 30 cubic meters of material. “Reportedly the incinerators have been sanctioned for the use by the Chinese military after a test in Golmud, Qinghai in January,” says the Daily Star.

Incineration ovens along with some crew members

In the Chicago Area you now have Mobile Morgue Trailers for the dead:

Mobile Morgue Trailers Being Deployed Near Major US Cities

Nation News Desk 23 March 2020

In one of the most ominous developments in the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak, Mobile Morgue Trailers are being deployed outside of major US cities.

For those who still erroneously think “This is just the Flu” may we respectfully point out that never before have mobile morgue trailers been deployed for victims of flu; This outbreak is NOT “just a Flu.”

And for those who are just flat out stupid, the reason these morgue trailers are being deployed is because officials believe the number of dead bodies coming from this outbreak will overwhelm local coroner’s offices

Mobile Morgue Trailers on a farm in Joliet, IL, southwest of Chicago

Mobile Morgue Trailers on a farm in Joliet, IL, southwest of Chicago

MEDICAL MARTIAL LAW is coming to America


How to deal with and enjoy quarantine with your cats during COVID-19


Israel and the demise of the global village

Israel’s ability to protect itself and adapt its economy to the new post-global village reality will in large part determine how it survives and prospers in the post-global village world now taking shape.

By Caroline B. Glick 27March2020

In the face of the steeply rising number of coronavirus patients and the breakneck speed of political changes in Israel, few people have stopped to notice that the world we have grown accustomed to living in for the past generation is falling apart. The global village is collapsing under the weight of the pandemic.

How Israel deals with this dramatic turn of events today, and in the coming weeks, months and years will determine both how we emerge from the present crisis and how we manage in the new world now taking form.


Israel’s food supply system is a perfect example of the global changes to being wrought by the virus. In Israel, five basic foodstuffs are produced locally: fruits, vegetables, eggs, poultry, and milk. Most grains, sugar, rice, salt, meat, and other foodstuffs are imported.

Out of a total agricultural workforce of 70,000, 25,000 are migrant workers from Thailand and another 25,000 are from the Palestinian Authority. According to Agriculture Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, concerns over the coronavirus prevented 1,500 workers from Thailand scheduled to arrive at the beginning of the month from entering the country. The Palestinian workforce is down to 18,000 and dropping due to the quarantine the PA has placed on its population.

The labor shortages couldn’t come at a worse time. Currently, there are a half billion shekels worth of fruit and vegetables ready for harvest. If they aren’t picked in the next three weeks, they will rot on the trees and in the fields.

Three weeks ago, the HaShomer HaHadash organization began getting flooded with calls from farmers for help. HaShomer HaHadash is a volunteer agricultural support organization founded in 2007 to protect Israeli farmers from Arab and Bedouin criminal gangs who extort farmers and ranchers and carry out agricultural theft and sabotage on a massive level.

“These calls were different,” explains HaShomer HaHadash’s leader Yoel Zilberman. “We are used to receiving calls about sabotage, and extortion and sending our volunteers to guard and herd. These calls were about the harvest, the national food supply.”

Zilberman and his colleagues realized the implications of the loss of a harvest for Israel’s food supply and began drawing up a plan to help the distressed farmers. Two weeks ago, Zilberman approached Hanegbi and offered to organize a corps of volunteers to save the harvest. Comprised of the organization’s roster of volunteers, cadets at pre-military leadership academies, youth movement alumni and from twelfth graders, Zilberman’s volunteers would work in shifts in the fields. With government finance, Hashomer Hahadash would provide for all their needs. Hanegbi agreed.

Last week, the government approved an emergency order to organize the corps of volunteers. The first hundred young people arrived in the fields on Tuesday. Operating in compliance with Health Ministry guidelines, HaShomer HaHadash launched a smartphone application called “Sundo” where prospective volunteers can join the operation. Zilberman plans to expand his roll of volunteers to include foreign students stranded in Israel with nothing to do after the coronavirus caused their programs to be canceled. He assesses there are up to twenty thousand foreign youth in Israel who could potentially join in the effort.

To be sure, this initiative, which will hopefully enable Israel to surmount the coronavirus-induced international labor shortage, is intended to be a short-term fix. All parties to the initiative assume that once the crisis abates, labor flows will return to their pre-coronavirus levels. But there is no way to know whether this assessment is correct. The coronavirus-induced shortage in migrant, agricultural laborers points to a much wider phenomenon that is unlikely to disappear when the quarantines are over.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t destroy global markets. But it will change them radically and reduce their size and scope. In the case of agriculture, the coronavirus has exposed large-scale vulnerabilities in both agricultural import models and domestic production. At the outset of the crisis, cargo ships laden with foodstuffs from China and Italy were laid up in the ports for weeks until port workers and the Health Ministry could develop protocols for safely offloading them. Dozens of shipments were diverted to Cyprus, at great cost to importers.

Who is to say that food supplies in China or other countries won’t be compromised again in the future? And what happens in the event of war? Naval warfare can easily endanger food imports to Israel over a prolonged period. The model of dependence on foreign suppliers needs to be adapted in the face of what we are learning.

As to domestic production, according to Hanegbi, over the past decade, the number of Israelis engaged in agriculture has decreased by 60 percent as the children of farmers are choosing other professions. Obviously, this is a major vulnerability. Israel needs food security and food security means expanding our domestic agricultural capacity. The incoming government needs to develop a national plan to support domestic agriculture and inspire young people to choose agriculture as a profession and way of life. In Israel, the next crisis is always just around the corner. And the next war or pandemic may make our current endangered harvest look like child’s play.

What is true in relation to agriculture is doubly true in relation to manufacturing. As we are finding in our race to purchase more respirators, it is ill-advised in the extreme to depend on foreign suppliers for food, medical equipment, and medicines in times of crisis. Until January 2020, it seemed perfectly rational to outsource manufacturing to China. Now, as we face global shortages in respirators and other medical equipment, it is obvious that China is not a trustworthy supplier.

This week Jim Geraghty published a timeline of China’s deception of the world regarding the nature of the coronavirus in the National Review. Geraghty showed that Chinese authorities in Wuhan realized the virus was spread between humans in the first week of December. But it wasn’t until January 20 that the Chinese admitted that this was the case.

In the intervening six weeks, the Chinese lied repeatedly about the infectiousness of the virus and jailed doctors and citizen journalists who tried to warn the Chinese people and the world of the danger. Also during those six weeks, five million people left Wuhan. Scores of thousands of them got on airplanes and flew to Europe and the US bringing the virus with them.

Still today, the Chinese are apparently hiding critical information about the virus from the world. While the Western media heralds the Chinese success in bringing the infection rate down to zero inside China, Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported this week that the Chinese data are phony. Physicians in Wuhan told the agency’s reporters that the reason the rate of infection has dropped to zero is because the Chinese authorities have banned testing.

The coronavirus exposed a truth that global village fans have spent the past generation denying: Borders are important.

From 1997 until the coronavirus, Europe’s internal national borders were all open. Over the past few weeks, 15 EU member states have shut their doors and thrown away the key. Germany – the birthplace of the vision of the European common market and nation – initially banned the export of protective medical equipment to its European “brethren.”

When the Italians begged for help, no EU member state sent in medical teams to save their fellow Europeans.

If just last month, the heads of the European Commission had the last word in all discussions among EU member states, today no one cares what they have to say. As Professor Thomas Jaeger from the University of Cologne told the Los Angeles Times, “We’re seeing an enormous delegitimation of the authority of the EU government in this crisis. The longer the crisis lasts, the more nationalism will return.”

In many ways, regardless of how long it lasts, the pandemic has already taken a permanent toll on the European Union. EU members have taken one another’s measure and realized that when push comes to shove, they have only their own peoples and governments to rely on. The Italians and Spaniards aren’t likely to care what the feckless bureaucrats in Brussels or the selfish Germans have to say about their national policies after this is over.

The same goes for the UN and other major international governing institutions.

UN Ambassador Danny Danon wrote Wednesday in Israel Hayom that this is the UN’s finest hour. In his words, “UN institutions, particularly the World Health Organization, are proving that the organization remains the main body that the world needs in its struggle with Corona.”

Danon is mistaken, however. The WHO has played an unhelpful, indeed destructive role in this crisis. As Geraghty and others have shown, the WHO was a full partner in China’s dissimulation efforts. The WHO waited until January 21, after the first coronavirus patient was diagnosed in the US, to admit that it is transferred between people despite the fact that WHO officials knew that humans infected one another in early January. This week an Oxford-based research group announced it will no longer base its coronavirus assessments on WHO data, which it considers not credible.

This week Walter Russell Mead noted in the Wall Street Journal that international organizations like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization are playing no significant role in the global fight against the coronavirus.  National leaders and agencies, who are directly responsible for protecting their people are calling the shots irrespective of WHO rules and IMF spending guidelines.

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the critical failings of the global village model for international integration. International labor markets, global trade and international governing institutions have proven vulnerable to shocks, unreliable and of limited use. It has also reminded us of foundational truths that have been shunted aside since the end of the Cold War. National borders protect nations. National authorities and fellow citizens are far more reliable and helpful in times of crisis than transnational, and international organizations.

To survive and protect themselves from global shocks, nations must have autarkic agricultural and manufacturing capabilities. China is not a reliable industrial base.

Israel’s ability to protect itself today, and adapt its economy to the new post-global village reality will in large part determine how it survives and prospers in the post-global village world now taking shape.


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Nature reclaims global cities as people stay home

The sight of ibex strolling down the beachfront promenade in Israel’s city of Eilat recently shocked the locals; as humans retreat to their homes in wake of pandemic, wildlife steps out of the shadows and returns to the habitats it once ruled

AFP | Published: 30March2020

As more and more countries go under coronavirus lockdown and as humans retreat into their homes, wild animals are slipping cover to explore the empty streets of some of our biggest cities.

Israelis were captivated by the sight of ibex strolling down the beachfront promenade in Eilat, while wild boar have descended from the hills around Barcelona and sika deer are nosing their way around the deserted metro stations of Nara, Japan.

Ibex saunter down Eilat’s beachfront promenade

Indian social media has gone wild about footage of a stag scampering through Dehradun, the capital of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

Gangs of wild turkeys have been strutting the streets of Oakland, California, while a puma turned up in the center of the Chilean capital Santiago, which is under curfew.

Puma walks in the locked-down streets of Santiago, Chile (Photo: AFP)

Puma walks in the locked-down streets of Santiago, Chile
(Photo: AFP)

“This is the habitat they once had and that we’ve taken away from them,” said Marcelo Giagnoni, the head of Chile’s agricultural and livestock service that helped police capture the curious big cat.

While sightings of dolphins in Venice’s canals turned out to be fanciful, they have been popping up in ports elsewhere in the Mediterranean as emboldened wildlife takes “free rein to wander our cities and towns”, said Romain Julliard, head of research at the French Natural History Museum.

Julliard told AFP that foxes were at the vanguard of the new urban explorers.
“They change their behavior very quickly. When a place becomes quiet, they’re straight in there.”

‘Spring of love’

Animals and birds that normally live in urban parks, like sparrows and pigeons are also more likely to venture beyond their usual territories, Julliard said, “freeing space for other animals”.

Sika deer wandering the deserted streets of Nara, Japan (Photo: AFP)

Sika deer wandering the deserted streets of Nara, Japan
(Photo: AFP)

While the dawn and dusk choruses have been bringing comfort to many quarantined city dwellers, the museum’s acoustics specialist Jerome Sueur said that doesn’t mean there are more urban birds than before.

It is more that with reduced traffic noise we can hear them better. Some, however, “stop singing when there is noise, so now they are letting themselves go.”

“Animals are shaking off human noise pollution,” Sueur said. And the timing could not have been better as they embark on their mating season.

With the hunting season suspended in several European countries, this promises to be a spring and possibly a summer of love for the animal kingdom.

A deer watches passersby in Nara, Japan (Photo: AFP)

A deer watches passersby in Nara, Japan
(Photo: AFP)

It is certainly great news for species like the common toad and the spotted salamander. The amorous amphibians are being spared from being “crushed crossing busy roads” in their haste to find a mate, said Jean-Noel Rieffel, of the French biodiversity office (OFB).

With few dog walkers to disturb them, baby fawns are also getting an idyllic start to life while birds like Mediterranean gulls who nest along the sandy banks of rivers are being left undisturbed.

In the Calanques National Park overlooking the Mediterranean near France’s second-largest city of Marseille, wildlife “is reclaiming its natural habitat with surprising speed”, said the park’s president, Didier Reault.

Stuck indoors, with their worlds reduced to a few square meters (yards), confined urbanites have suddenly become avid birdwatchers.

Dolphins sighted in the Mediterranean off the coast of France (Photo: AFP)

Dolphins sighted in the Mediterranean off the coast of France
(Photo: AFP)

British ornithologist David Lindo, who is known as the “Urban Birder”, has been tweeting and live streaming birds he spots from the roof of the building in Spain where he has been quarantined.

“The sky is a great arena, anything can fly past and, at the very least, it will give you peace. My message is simple: keep looking up,” he told his new-found followers.

However, there are also downsides to the lockdown for nature.

Work to limit invasive species has been all but halted, cautioned Loic Obled of the OFB, as well as that to help endangered species.

With walkers and boating banned, “the puffins who used to stay on the islets in the highest protected areas are not gathering on the sea,” he said.

Birdwatching to stay sane

And it is the same for plants. Wild orchids – which are supposed to be protected – are often picked by walkers when they blossom in late April and May, said Rieffel. This year they will be spared that fate.

And in the cities and suburbs, unmowed lawns will be a source of “bounty for bees, bumblebees and butterflies”, Julliard added.

Ducks wandering the abandoned streets of Paris (Photo: AFP)

Ducks wandering the abandoned streets of Paris
(Photo: AFP)

But for him, the biggest change is the effect this is having on humans. “The most important phenomenon perhaps is our relationship with nature changing – with people locked up in their homes realizing how much they miss nature,” he said.

And when the lockdown finally ends, Rieffel warned that “people will have a need of nature and there is a risk of too many visitors [to natural parks], which won’t be good for the flora and fauna.

“The birds which have nested in the yard of an abandoned school or factory will find themselves disturbed, he warned. Nature’s respite from man may be rather short-lived.


Israel ranks ‘safest’ country during coronavirus pandemic

Associates of PM Netanyahu say ranking by international website Deep Knowledge Group is the result of Israel’s “justified over-preparation.” Oxford University: Chances an Israeli corona patient will die stand at 0.37%.

Ariel Kahana , Assaf Golan Published on  01April2020

The website Deep Knowledge Group has ranked Israel the safest country in the world in terms of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The site, which partners with nonprofit organizations and companies from the high-tech and health care sectors, awarded Israel a score of 619. The site ranked Singapore at No. 2 and Slovakia No. 3.

However, it should be noted that the methodology used to arrive at the rankings have not been clarified.

Associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel received its high ranking because of “the strict steps promoted by the prime minister.”

“Israel is ranked first among the safest countries in the world. The over-preparation, in which it is a leader, is justified, and that has resulted in Israel leading among western countries,” one associate said.

As of Tuesday, a statistical analysis prepared by Jason Oke and Carl Heneghan of Oxford University indicated that an Israeli resident who contracts coronavirus has a 0.37% chance of dying, making the overall chances of surviving the virus in Israel some of the best in the world.

Coronavirus Health Safety Countries Ranking

covid-19-health safety index


The information represented on this web page is prepared by Deep Knowledge Group (DKG) and believed to be reliable. The data is collected from publicly available sources including World Health Organization, John Hopkins University, King’s College London, CDC. DKG makes no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of such information. Opinions, estimates and analysis represented at this web page constitute the current judgment and opinion of the author. DKG has no obligation to update, modify or amend statistics, diagrams, analytics represented at this web page or to otherwise notify a reader thereof in the event that any matter stated herein, or any opinion, estimate, forecast or analysis set forth herein, changes or subsequently becomes inaccurate. This web page is a non-profit initiative and serves for informational and indicative purposes only.

This is an example of what Israel and others are doing.

Some good news, probably

Dr. John Campbell 02April2020

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