New rulings and daily updates. The most up-to-date Israel Ministry of Health guidelines for the Coronavirus.
As at Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 there are 324 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus in Israel. Eleven people have recovered and four are in a serious condition.
The first cases of Coronavirus originated in China with other countries in the Far East following closely behind; Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Macau. Travelers from these and some European were required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
On March 9th, it was announced, with immediate effect, that all travelers entering Israel, from any country barring none are required to self quarantine for 14 days. The situation which is having deep implications on Israel's and the world's economy, is being monitored carefully.
The quarantine period
People who have been exposed to the new coronavirus and who are at risk for coming down with COVID-19 might practice self-quarantine. Health experts recommend that self-quarantine lasts 14 days. Two weeks provides enough time for them to know whether or not they will become ill and be contagious to other people.
Reduce the risk:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water; before eating, after using the bathroom and after coughing or sneezing
- Put your hand over your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing (and then wash your hands)
- If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Refrain from shaking hands
- No visiting public places/spaces including parks and leisure parks. Gatherings of more than 5,000 people have now been suspended
- Refraining from going to work
- Keep your children at home if they are unwell
- Avoid public transport if you are unwell
- Keep away from shopping malls and central shopping districts
- Symptoms of the virus – fever, cough or difficulty breathing
FYI - Coronavirus
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild, including the common cold; however, rarer forms such as SARS, MERS and the novel Coronavirus causing the current outbreak can be lethal. In cows and pigs they may cause diarrhea, while in chickens they can cause an upper respiratory disease. There are NO vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment.
Suggestions from the MOH
- It is strongly suggested that you seek medical attention if you have a fever or a cough. Keep your mouth and nose covered with a surgical mask or similar. Contact MADA - Magen David Adom for instructions (Emergency numbers)
- If you are absent from work according to the quarantine ruling, you will be compensated according to the standard sick-leave upon the presentation of a medical certificate.
- If you have no symptoms, you may return to your regular lifestyle on the 15th day.
- Wash your hands regularly by using soap and water or a disinfectant. Wash hands especially after coughing and sneezing, and after contact with a patient or his/her environment.
- People with chronic health conditions and the elderly are more susceptible
If you are placing yourself or have placed yourself into self-quarantine, you must report this to the MOH by filling out this form (Hebrew only)
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