People are asking me, “How did Little Israel get it together in just 6 weeks?” and “How did they flatten the curve so fast?”
I’ve compiled a short list, and summarized the highlights here:
As early as February people arriving to Israel from Italy were directed into 14 day isolation. Soon afterwards, all incoming flights had the same directive, and people adhered to these rules.
7. Hotels for quarantine – the Government turned hotels into quarantine centers. Passengers arriving to Ben-Gurion Airport were transported directly to these hotels where they stayed for 14 days with food, entirely free of charge.
8. Ventilators – The innovators behind the Iron Dome converted their factory to a ventilator manufacturing center. Thus, Israel did not suffer a shortage of this life-saving equipment, and was able to produce more.
9. Keeping the rules – Israelis had strict rules to follow. Malls and schools closed; no crowds allowed; No praying in a group. Everyone had to stay 2 meters apart and within 100 meters of home. No guests for Passover seder! This was the toughest for some, who had never been alone before on this special night. What did we do under these orders? We sang from our sidewalks, from our balconies and porches. Communities came together, even though physically apart.
10. Our Leaders – our Prime Minister, led us through this Corona crisis with strength and heart. Almost every night he spoke directly to us. People eagerly anticipated Bibi’s talks, where he explained the science, the statistics, what everything meant. He encouraged us to be strong, to care for our elders, calling them “grandma and grandpa” and making it personal. He did not use fear, he used love. This worked.
Now, we are on our way out of this crisis.
Kol haKavod to the strong people of Israel!!
In addition to learning about our work, we offered visitors courses with our medic, Eyal, in CPR. But the more popular course was the “15-Second Challenge” where we allowed visitors a chance to tested our anti-ballistic blanket, the Armadillo. This turned out to be pretty competitive. Friends raced against each another, to see who could get covered in under 15 seconds. We had people waiting in line for that!
A generous donation from the Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson Foundation will beef up our effectiveness in Hevron…..with our new electric mini ambulance….the “bimbulance.” Hevron,
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