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About Coronavirus

PRECAUTIONS:

Special Precautions for people traveling from ANY country, or potentially exposed to carriers:

    • Ban on going to places with over 10 people. As of March 14th, at 2100 all malls, restaurants, schools, universities are closed. Grocery stores will remain open. People should be working from home if able.
    • Avoid close contact with people
      • Avoid getting within 2 meters (6.5 feet) of other people for more than 15 minutes
      • Try to have an outdoors-only association with 10 people maximum. Alternatively, meet within well-ventilated rooms maintaining 2-meter distance (6.5 feet)
      • Avoid crowded places, especially indoors
      • Avoid even short-term contact with people within 2 meters (6.5 feet)
      • Stop shaking hands, hugging, sharing food, kissing, kissing mezuzahs, Torahs, or books (prayer books, chumashim, etc.)
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow area sleeve (covering your entire mouth and nose). Alternatively, you can sneeze or cough into a strong tissue and immediately dispose of it and sanitize your hands with alcohol-based solution/gel or soap and water
  • After washing hands, use a paper towel to close the water tap.
  • Avoid using cloth towels to dry hands – use disposable paper towels instead. 
  • Keep tabs of update from the Ministry of Health.
  • If any symptoms of Covid-19 develop within 14 days.
    • Contact EMA Care telemedicine services to screen for symptoms (English) / or contact the Ministry of Health hotline *5400 (Hebrew only) – or – call the Magen David Adom emergency line 101 (English and Hebrew)
    • EMA Care will liaise with MDA regarding screening if needed.
    • If put into quarantine, you must report on the websites
    • If deemed a probable case, you will be tested from home and may be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days or until testing comes back negative. See the QUARANTINE section. If you are ill you may be quarantined in the hospital
    • Do not go to Terem! Do not go to the Emergency Room!

*any student with one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, or respiratory issues) with no travel history or contact with a confirmed case is to be placed in immediate “home isolation”. The home isolation will last until 48 hours after the student is symptom-free. Example: a student feels ill on Sunday and is better by Tuesday, their quarantine will end Thursday and they can assume normal activity on Friday.

    • No Minyanim are permitted
    • No gatherings of more than 2 people if they are not from the same household
    • Bris of no more than 10 people
    • Funeral of no more than 20 people
    • Weddings, only immediate family, no more than 10 people
    • No Erev Yom Tov visits with family
    • SEDER ONLY PERMITTED WITH FAMILY LIVING IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD.\
    • There is no recommendation to wear a mask, continuous usage will make the mask worn out and wet losing its effectiveness.
    • People who develop symptoms should wear masks to prevent the spread of droplets

Special Precautions for people traveling from ANY country, or potentially exposed to carriers:

  • Ban on going to places with over 10 people. As of March 14th, at 2100 all malls, restaurants, schools, universities are closed. Grocery stores will remain open. People should be working from home if able.
  • Avoid close contact with people
    • Avoid getting within 2 meters (6.5 feet) of other people for more than 15 minutes.
    • Try to have outdoors-only social encounters or within a well-ventilated room.
    • Avoid crowded places, especially indoors.
    • Avoid even short-term contact with people within 2 meters (6.5 feet).
    • Stop shaking hands, hugging, sharing food, kissing, kissing mezuzahs, Torahs, or books (prayer books, chumashim, etc.).
  • Guidelines for Community Medical Services (school clinics):

    • Clinics (including Terem and ERs) should not be used for COVID-19 screening. MDA has a dedicated line for screening through the 101 service. This dedicated line is the first responder and triage service for suspected cases. MDA will take viral tests in the school or dorms for cases meeting the criteria of the district physician.
    • Physical arrival may take place only in vital cases. The guidelines must be maintained and no more than 2 people from different households are to be allowed to stay in the same space.
    • Telemedicine screening is the ideal way to screen people with symptoms. This is available through some Kupot Holim and EMA Care.
    • Contact must be made by telephone or other online measures rather than arriving in person in order to determine if physical arrival is indeed necessary.
    • Every clinic should have a sign directing people who to contact in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case.
    • Every clinic should have surgical masks. Any suspected COVID-19 patient will receive a mask to put on his mouth and nose.
    • Telephone inquiries should be liaising with MDA
    • If the clinic has advanced notice about the potential COVID-19 patient, they will be greeted with a medical provider in full protective gear.
    • If a patient comes to clinic and reveals he may be a COVID-19 patient,
      • he will be given a surgical mask to wear on his mouth and nose,
      • transferred to a private room with a closed door
      • be kept apart from other patients.
      • The clinic team will be required to wear a protective jacket, gloves, goggles, and mask.
      • If possible, turn off air conditioner and open windows.
      • Assess the patient for symptoms of COVID-19 – if patient meets the definition of a suspected case, contact 101 MDA hotline
      • For ER referrals, the district physician MUST be notified.
    • When clinical condition requires ER referral, but he is allowed to drive to the ER, ask him to travel to the ER independently while wearing a surgical mask. He must notify the ER receptionist or nurses immediately. DO NOT USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (bus, train, taxi).  If not independent, MDA must be activated and informed of the COVID-19 suspicion.  Patient must wear a surgical mask during transport.
    • The skeleton ambulance will be used and afterwards sterilized and disinfected with Chlorine Bleach not less than 1000 ppm by a MDA staff member in full protective gear.
    • The location the patient was in without protection must be aired out for 1 hour
      • Laundry and trash will be disposed of according to section 10 of the regulation.
    • After the patient leaves the clinic, the staff must get the information of each person in the room (including medical personnel) with the unprotected suspected COVID-19 patient.
    • If any exposed people develop symptoms within 14 days (if patient is in fact positive for COVID-19) – they will be referred to the ER regardless of level of protective gear worn.
    • The clinic is responsible to track daily the returnees from all countries or "close contact" with a verified patient staying in home quarantine.

Instructions Regarding EMA Care Clinics in Light of the Coronavirus

Student Status

May not come to the clinic

School Screening

Clinic Remote Screening

Call MADA

May come to the clinic as usual

Traveled abroad to any destination within 2 weeks prior

yes

 

Clinic nurse can screen symptoms by phone only during clinic hours with an appt (the student should be signed up for the clinic)

Call MADA with any health issues. If a school has Telemedicine services call the hotline for direction

 

A student with symptoms of COVID-19 and travel history or contact with a confirmed case

yes

School should screen to assure no contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (listed in MOH website daily)

Clinic nurse can screen symptoms by phone during clinic hours with an appt (the student should be signed up for the clinic)

Call MADA with any health issues. If a school has Telemedicine services call the hotline for direction

 

A student with symptoms of COVID-19 and NO travel history or contact with a confirmed case*

yes

 

Clinic nurse can screen symptoms by phone during clinic hours with an appt (the student should be signed up for the clinic)

Call MADA with any health issues. If a school has Telemedicine services call the hotline for direction

 

Student (or anyone) with fever PLUS cough or respiratory symptoms

yes

 

A nurse can remotely screen students.

If symptoms worsen, call MADA

Home isolation – see guidelines

A student with no risk factors - no travel, no COVID symptoms, no contact with confirmed cases, no symptoms of COVID-19

 

School should screen to assure no contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (listed in MOH website daily)

 
 

yes

 

COVID-19 Symptom Management:

These rules apply to people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms only (fever >38.0C, cough, respiratory issues).  For other symptoms, please do not call MDA or MOH – you can contact your health providers (or EMA Care hotline if applicable) to screen.

For symptoms reporting and management. 

  • Contact EMA Care telemedicine services to screen for symptoms (English) / or contact the Ministry of Health (MOH) hotline *5400 (Hebrew only) – or – call the Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency line 101 (Hebrew and English)
  • EMA Care will contact the Ministry of Health/ MDA to ascertain where you should go to get screening and examination
  • If deemed a probable or high-risk case, you will be tested at your quarantine location and will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days. (See QUARANTINE section)
  • Follow the precautions protocol (see PRECAUTIONS section)
  • You must report quarantine using the MOH online forms
  • Do not go to Terem! Do not go to the Emergency Room!
  • For people directly exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19 or who test positive for COVID-19, full quarantine (see QUARANTINE) and precautions (see PRECAUTIONS) are to be maintained
    • Once in quarantine, it is a criminal act to violate quarantine until then end of the prescribed time and with guidelines from the Ministry of Health protocols. Citizens must report violations of quarantine using this MOH form (Hebrew only).

 

QUARANTINE

  • Quarantine is currently defined as a 14-day period (or according to the Ministry of Health guidelines) in which the individual or individuals who are the highest risk for transmitting Covid-19 are isolated to prevent contagion from spreading to the population at large.
  • The purpose of home quarantine is to stop the spread of the disease and preventing any infection in Israel, by avoiding public places and protecting other household members. Home quarantine is required according to an injunction issued by the Director-General of the Ministry of Health and must be maintained until 14 days have passed since arriving in Israel from ANY country. According to law, you must inform the Ministry of Health of such home quarantine using an online questionnaire through "Kol Habriut" Hotline *5400 (Hebrew language). For people speaking English, contact the EMA Care hotline to get screened.
  • Anyone arriving in Israel from ANY country is required to be in quarantine for 14 days starting from the date of arrival
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed patient within the last 14 days is required to be in quarantine for 14 days since the last contact

 

Special Issues for Travelers to Israel:

  • The Israeli consulate/embassy in your home country will need to approve entry for all non-residents with proof that there is a quarantine location. If this information is not provided, entry to Israel will be denied.
  • Dorms that can provide services and conditions noted in these protocols may be approved for student quarantines.
  • Israeli residents or citizens do not require approval to enter Israel but must be placed in quarantine upon arrival to Israel.
  • Quarantine in hospitals (for critically ill or as resources available) will be provided by designated facilities
    • In-hospital quarantines will include no visitors except protected health care personnel
    • You may take items of a personal nature to the hospital, such as phone, charger, books, laptop, and other such items to occupy the days with entertainment and activities
    • All items must be sanitized or cleaned before entering or exiting the quarantine room
    • While in quarantine, all health professionals will be dressed in full quarantine attire including but not limited to the bodysuit, gloved, mask, eye shield, shoe covers
    • Quarantine may be extended or shortened based on numerous factors including test results, clinical picture, policy changes, or other factors
  • Quarantine in dorms/ hotels/ shelters have specific issues related to “shelter in place” quarantine
    • As foreign students and tourists have no home in Israel, alternative arrangements for quarantine shall be required
    • If in a dormitory facility, the school administration (the department responsible for Foreign Students) is responsible to identify a location where isolated students can be kept for 14 days.
      • Ideally, isolated dorm space should be on the upper floor and end of the building so there is less foot traffic around the area
      • Ideally, all non-infected students should be relocated to areas away from the quarantined area
      • Roommates or close contacts of the ill students should be evaluated for exposure level and symptoms and maintained in a separate quarantined room unless instructed otherwise by the Ministry of Health or their representatives
      • It is the responsibility of the school faculty to assure that the quarantined students have access to:
        • Bathroom and shower facilities
        • Drinking water
        • Soap, and hygienic products
        • Food
        • Internet (so they can be contacted and maintain communication)
        • Fresh air (windows that open, preferably with cross ventilation in the room)
        • Clean linens (used linens should be stored in garbage bags in the isolated room)
        • Trash bags and daily trash removal (trash should be left outside the area and removed by someone with gloves and mask with immediate sanitizing of hands afterward
        • It is preferable for the SAME person to enter the room when needed (for food, supplies, etc). The person must have a face mask and be healthy (no pre-existing conditions). They must wash or sanitize their hands immediately after exiting the room.
      • If in a hotel or other shelter – the same requirements as above. If possible, isolated rooms should be on the highest floor with good access to fresh air.
      • If a private apartment is being used for quarantine, it is essential that all services can be provided to the quarantined people including trash removal and food/ supply delivery WITHOUT requiring the quarantined people to exit the apartment.
      • Delivery of food and other items must be provided by people wearing gloves and a mask when delivering. Handwashing/ sanitizing must immediately follow.
      • After the quarantine, the entire room including all objects must be sanitized, washed, cleaned, and aired out. Sanitizing requires alcohol wipes or bleach.
    • Symptom management in quarantine
      • If symptoms get worse notify EMA Care (English) hotline or Magen David Adom (MDA – Hebrew language) at 101
      • Inform them of the symptoms and that you are in quarantine. If a telemedicine visit is appropriate, that is a preferable way to assess patients.

 

Mandatory Reporting:

  • THE MOH MUST BE NOTIFIED OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN QUARANTINE
  • No symptoms
    • complete the online questionnaire or through "Kol Habriut" - the Ministry of Health Hotline - *5400.
  • Symptoms
    • Contact MDA at 101 for an evaluation
    • If urgent medical attention is needed at an ER you MUST contact the medical team and notify them of symptoms and there has been travel abroad PRIOR TO ARRIVING IN ER
    • Mouth and nose should be covered with a mask or cloth
    • People with symptoms: DO NOT TRAVEL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT INCLUDING TAXIS
    • Symptom management in quarantine
      • If symptoms get worse notify EMA Care (English) hotline or Magen David Adom (MDA – Hebrew language) at 101
      • Inform them of the symptoms and that you are in quarantine. If a telemedicine visit is appropriate, that is a preferable way to assess patients
  • Laundry Guidelines (for a student in quarantine):

    • All laundry will be treated as being contaminated (clothes, bed linen)
    • All laundry must be transported in an impermeable garbage bag and washed separately from all other laundries
    • The bag must be closed (tied) when transporting to the laundry room
    • All individuals handling laundry will wear a mask and gloves
    • The bag with the laundry will be placed in the washer, once inside the bag will be removed and immediately disposed of by placing it into a garbage bag and sealing it

    Home Isolation (as opposed to quarantine) for those with COVID-19 symptoms but without other risk factors:

    • All people with a temperature of 38 Celsius or more and respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) must stay home and can only leave 48 hours after their symptoms have dropped, regardless of the need for a coronavirus test
    • People who are sick can be together in the room
    • After 48 hours passes from last symptoms, a person may resume normal activities while the sick roommate (if applicable) continues home isolation until 48 hours after he/she is well
    • People in home isolation can share bathrooms with others but must maintain excellent personal hygiene, as should the people sharing the bathrooms
    • It is recommended to have paper towels in the bathroom for drying hands & not to share towels
    • Cleaning services can come into the rooms – rooms should be regularly aired out, windows open, cleaning service should have gloves on
    • Food can be brought to the people and they can eat in shared spaces within apartments - but no dining halls or social mixing at all
    • No leaving their dorm or entering other dorm rooms, no attending programs or classes
    • Rooms should be aired out as often as able
    • Discourage air conditioner use
    • Any kids who are getting worse symptoms must call MDA to report
    • Example: If someone feels ill on Sunday and they no longer have symptoms on Tuesday they must remain on home isolation through Thursday and are able to resume normal activities on Friday

    Use of protective equipment (gloves, mask, etc)

    NOTE: N95 masks are for medical personnel only.  they must be fitted professionally before each use.  if not used correctly and removed correctly they can CAUSE people to be ill.  Regular disposable surgical masks are a good idea for preventing sick people from spreading the disease.  Masks can capture much of the respiratory droplets that disperse in the air when people speak, cough, sneeze.  If no masks are available, use cloths to cover the nose and mouth.  Masks are also useful for people in quarantine – see quarantine section for details.

    Donning Basics (putting on protective equipment)

    • Don personal protective equipment (PPE) before patient contact and before entering the patient room
    • Once PPE is donned be careful to avoid contamination
      • Keep hands away from the face
      • Work from clean to dirty
      • Limit surfaces touched
      • Change PPE when torn, moist, or heavily contaminated
    • Order for donning PPE
      • Wash Hands, Gown, Mask, Goggles, Gloves
    • Order for doffing (removal of PPE)
      • Gloves, Goggles, Gown, Respirator, Wash Hands

    How to put on and take off gloves:

     

     

    How To put on a mask:


    • How To Remove a Mask (N95 – for medical personnel only)


      • Wash your hands thoroughly before donning (putting on) and doffing (removing)
      • Position the mask in your hand with the nose piece at your fingertips
      • Cup the respirator in your hand allowing the headbands to hang below your hand on each side
      • Hold the respirator under your chin with the nosepiece up
      • The top strap goes over your head and rests at the top back of your head
      • The bottom strap is positioned around the neck and below the ears.
      • DO NOT CRISSCROSS STRAPS
      • Place your fingers from both hands at the top of the metal nose clip
      • Slide fingertips down both sides of the metal strip to mold the nose area to the shape of your nose


      Check the seal (for N95 masks only)


      • Place both hands over the respirator, take a quick breath in to check whether the respirator seals tightly to the face
      • Place both hands completely over the respirator and exhale
      • If you feel leakage, there is not a proper seal

      • If air leaks around the nose, readjust the nosepiece
      • If air leaks around the mask edges, readjust the straps until a proper seal is achieved
      • If you cannot achieve a proper seal due to air leakage, try a different mask

      How to doff (remove) a mask


      • DO NOT TOUCH the front of the respirator!
      • Remove the bottom strap over the top of the head and let it hang
      • Slowly remove the top strap over the top of the head
      • While holding the top strap pull the respirator away from your face
      • Discard the mask (if disposable) and wash your hands
      • N95 masks are reusable and should be stored carefully in a separate container to avoid cross-contact
      • Assume the outer side of the mask is contaminated

     

    Medications to consider:

    • Antibiotics are not indicated for viruses
    • Antivirals have not been shown to be effective for Covid-19
    • No specific antiviral treatment recommended
    • OTC Ibuprofen 200mg tablets – 2 tablets WITH FOOD every 6-8 hours as needed (not for people with abdominal/ GI problems or high blood pressure unless instructed by physician). Some forms of Ibuprofen come in “Forte” strength which is 400mg. Forte tablet dose is 1 tablet every 6-8 hours with food.
    • OTC Paracetamol/ Acetaminophen 500mg tablets – 2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed

     

    Patient Education

      • Wash hand frequently with soap and water or 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
      • Wash hand frequently with soap and water or 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after every meal
      • Sneeze or cough into a flexed elbow. If using a tissue, discard tissue immediately and clean hands immediately afterward
      • Maintain 1 meter (3 feet) between yourself and people
      • 14-day quarantine
      • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
      • Monitor temperature
      • Monitor the news for countries currently affected if traveling.
      • Fluids, rest, and practicing safe behaviors are essential
      • Social distancing
    • Do not share food or drink or utensils
    • Hygiene Guidelines:

      • Get appropriate vaccines
      • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
      • Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread the illness to other people)
      • Use a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. Turn away from other people
      • Use single-use tissues. Dispose of the tissue immediately
      • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues
      • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body)
      • Do not share cups, glasses, dishes or cutlery

      Current Travel Guidelines:

      • All non-essential travel to ANY country should be avoided
      • If travel to ANY country, the following needs to be adhered to
        • Avoid contact with animals (living or dead)
        • Avoid close contact with people suffering from respiratory illness
        • the social distancing of at least 2 meters from other people
        • Ensure proper hygiene precautions are utilized
        • Avoid unnecessary contact with health institutions
      • All residents of Israel returning MUST enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine and according to law, you must inform the Ministry of Health of such home quarantine using an online questionnaire or through "Kol Habriut" Hotline *5400 (Hebrew language). For people speaking English, contact the EMA Care hotline to get screened.
      • In case a fever and/or respiratory illness arises during the 14-day quarantine the individual MUST contact MDA at 101 and symptoms must be reported.
    • Current Guidelines Outside the Home

      When to leave

      • Urgent medical care – Patients with fever and respiratory symptoms are prohibited from leaving the home except in medical emergencies
      • Employees – may go to work when 2 meters’ distance is maintained
      • Leaving for essential supplies – if supplies cannot be delivered by courier

      How to act outside the home

      • Use of private vehicle – ONE person lonely in the vehicle or family members of the same household
      • Keep a distance of 2 meters from each person
      • Ensure hand and respiratory hygiene

Current Guidelines Outside the Home

    • When to leave

      • Urgent medical care – Patients with fever and respiratory symptoms are prohibited from leaving the home except in medical emergencies
      • Employees – may go to work when 2 meters’ distance is maintained
      • Leaving for essential supplies – if supplies cannot be delivered by courier

      How to act outside the home

      • Use of private vehicle – ONE person lonely in the vehicle or family members of the same household
      • Keep a distance of 2 meters from each person
      • Ensure hand and respiratory hygiene

    FAQ:

    (Taken from the MOH Website

    I have just returned to Israel from overseas. Should I do something? 

    MOH update:

    https://govextra.gov.il/ministry-of-health/corona/corona-virus-en/ 

    I have just returned to Israel from overseas. Should I do something? 

    Currently, everyone entering Israel from any country must adhere to home quarantine. Individuals who are not Israeli nationals must provide proof of quarantine accommodations for the next 14 days in order to be granted entry to Israel.

    I found out I had close contact with an individual or group that was tested positive for the novel coronavirus, what should I do?

    The Ministry of Health is investigating each and every case of close contact. If a person had close contact, this person must be placed under home quarantine in line with given guidance and the law requires the person to send an online home quarantine report to the Ministry of Health or to call the Ministry of Health Hotline *5400. If symptoms show, seek medical care in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidance. If you are not sure whether there was close contact, call the MDA Hotline - dial 101 for advice.

    Any person who does not satisfy the definition of close contact with a confirmed patient or group is not required to be placed under home quarantine but must monitor their health (fever 38C (100.4F) or higher, cough or other respiratory symptoms). If such symptoms develop, seek medical care in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidance. If you are not sure whether there was close contact, call the MDA Hotline - dial 101 for advice.

    Those who have been in close contact with a confirmed patient must go into home quarantine according to the guidance and inform the Ministry of health as duly required using an online questionnaire or through "Kol Habriut" - the Ministry of Health Hotline - *5400

    Are there any restrictions on household members of a quarantined person?

    Provided the home quarantine conditions are maintained, household members can continue their normal activities.

    Who will compensate the quarantined person for absence from work?

    Work absence during the isolation period shall be considered an absence from work due to illness, on condition that proof is submitted to certify the date of departure from a place overseas. Click for a general statement of illness (Hebrew). Do not ask your physician to issue a statement of illness for this absence.

    What about food, packages, and products from mainland China? Do they pose a risk?

    The information currently available suggests that the coronavirus cannot be transmitted via packages or food, and there are no reports that the infection can spread this way.

    Who is permitted to enter Israel?

    Entry to Israel is permitted for any citizen or resident of Israel. Foreign nationals will be permitted entry only if they can prove they have the possibility to observe the home isolation in Israel, according to the Ministry of Health guidance.

    What is the situation in Israel and how is the Ministry of Health prepared for the novel coronavirus?

    The Ministry of Health policy is meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into Israel, and in case of infections - prevent local spread. This is why the Ministry of Health requires all citizens of Israel who return to Israel from anywhere in the world to be placed under 14-day home isolation (effective March 9, 2020, 20:00), and all foreign nationals arriving in Israel must prove they have the possibility to be placed under home isolation, according to Ministry of Health guidance.

    The Ministry of Health keeps in touch with the World Health Organization and other Health Ministries across the world. It issues guidelines to the Healthcare System and the general public on how to prepare for the possible spread of the virus to Israel. The healthcare system can identify potential infections, isolate them, diagnose them, and treat them.

    Do you recommend the use of a face mask?

    The effectiveness of a face mask in protecting from a coronavirus infection is limited. With extended use, it wears out and gets moist. There is no recommendation to routinely use a face mask for protection from respiratory illnesses, including the infection caused by the novel coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it. People who are showing symptoms or people suspected of a coronavirus infection or confirmed patients should wear a face mask (in order to avoid spreading the infection to others), as well as people who have contact or are taking care of suspected or confirmed patients (in order to protect themselves).

    Are there restrictions on participating in public events in Israel?

    • There is a sweeping ban on holding international conferences and gatherings in Israel and on participating in them, regardless of the number of participants and the regions of their origin.
    • It is forbidden to hold mass events and gatherings of over 5,000 people or to participate in them.
    • It is forbidden for people who have returned from any destination abroad to participate in organized gatherings of over 50 people, excluding places of work, before 14 days have passed since leaving that destination.
    • It is forbidden for people with a fever over 38 degrees to participate in organized gatherings of over 50 people, even if they were not abroad. As a rule, it is recommended that anyone with a fever stay home.
    • It is recommended that people aged 60 and above and people suffering from chronic diseases or immunosuppression avoid gatherings, avoid contact with people who returned from any destination abroad, and avoid contact with people exhibiting such symptoms that could be suspected as symptomatic of Coronavirus.
    • There is no restriction on gatherings and personal events with fewer than 50 people.
    • A breastfeeding woman can continue breastfeeding her infant. Still, she must make sure to wash her hands carefully before breastfeeding and to keep her mouth and nose covered with a mask or with any other available cloth at the time of breastfeeding. A woman interested in pumping breast milk must wash her hands before touching the bottle and the pump, and if possible, to have the infant fed by another person.

Who is permitted to enter Israel?

    • Entry into Israel is permitted to any citizen or resident of Israel, but they are obliged to enter home quarantine upon their arrival from abroad.

      As of 12.3.20 at 20:00, entry to Israel will be refused to non-citizens or residents of Israel arriving from anywhere in the world. In exceptional cases, one may apply for approval of the Foreign Ministry subject to proof of the ability to remain in home quarantine for 14 days.

Are there restrictions on participating in public events in Israel?

  • There is a sweeping ban on holding international conferences and gatherings in Israel and on participating in them, regardless of the number of participants and the regions of their origin.
  • It is forbidden to hold events and gatherings of over 10 people or to participate in them.
  • It is forbidden for people with a fever over 38 degrees to participate in organized gatherings of over 10 people, even if they were not abroad. As a rule, it is recommended that anyone with a fever stay home.
  • It is recommended that people aged 60 and above and people suffering from chronic diseases or immunosuppression avoid gatherings, avoid contact with people who returned from any destination abroad, and avoid contact with people exhibiting such symptoms that could be suspected as symptomatic of Coronavirus.
  • There is no restriction on gatherings and personal events with fewer than 10 people.  People are to keep 2 meters apart (6.5 feet).
  • As of March 14th, all malls, restaurants, cafes, movie theatres, gyms and any other place that could have more than 10 people present at a time are closed. Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.  Cash machines will remain open.
  • A breastfeeding woman can continue breastfeeding her infant. Still, she must make sure to wash her hands carefully before breastfeeding and to keep her mouth and nose covered with a mask or with any other available cloth at the time of breastfeeding. A woman interested in pumping breast milk must wash her hands before touching the bottle and the pump, and if possible, to have the infant fed by another person.

I have received a text message (SMS) that information about me has been passed on for further investigation – why and what does this mean?

Due to the increase in the number of new patients each day, it is impossible to conduct an in-person epidemiological investigation for each case. An epidemiological investigation is a process of identifying those people, places and times where exposure to the patient may have occurred prior to the diagnosis, and who may have been infected by them. Those who have been exposed are asked to enter isolation as soon as possible. Quick entry into isolation helps to protect public health, and especially people that are close to you.

In order to carry out epidemiological investigations in large numbers, we are aided by sophisticated technological means. Therefore, after diagnosis, details about the patient are passed on for investigation by technological means, and the patient is informed by text messages (SMS).

During the process, places will be identified where the patient visited in the past 14 days. Contents of conversations are not accessed. The information is used only by the Ministry of Health - and solely for finding those who were exposed to the patient and to discover the source of the infection. When we find out who was exposed to the patient - we will send them a text message (SMS) that will inform them that they must enter quarantine immediately.

In due course, if needed, we may ask that you turn over your mobile phone for physical examination. In this case, the Ministry of Health representative will contact you directly.

Is it feasible to exercise caution with regard to food?

According to the currently available information, no coronavirus transmission has been reported by food packages or food itself.

However, it is important to always follow hygiene rules, when dealing with food or preparing a meal: frequent washing of hands and surfaces, separating between raw meat and other foods, full cooking and immediate cooling down of the food.

Is tap water safe to use?

Yes. You should continue drinking tap water as usual and there is no need for boiling. According to the World Health Organization, no coronavirus has been identified in drinking water. Water sources are routinely treated against bacteria and viruses, and that treatment is effective.

Is there a risk in receiving shipments and products shipped from overseas and especially from China?

According to the currently available information, coronaviruses do not survive on objects for a long time, and no transmission of the disease has been reported in this manner.

I have received a text message (SMS) that I must enter isolation – why and what does this mean?

Due to the increase in a number of new patients each day, the epidemiological investigation is carried out by sophisticated technological means. If you have received this message, it indicates that you have been close enough to a person with a confirmed diagnosis for coronavirus, during the 14 days prior to their diagnosis, and you may have been exposed to the virus and may have been infected.

As far as we know, you are still free of the disease, but during this period, if you have been infected, the virus may be passed on from you to others, to your relatives and others in the public. Therefore, you must enter home isolation, according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health as soon as possible, in order to expose as few people as possible. Quick entry to isolation and adhering to isolation directions helps to protect public health, and especially the health of those closest to you. The Ministry of Health guidelines for home isolation is located on Ministry’s dedicated coronavirus website.

During the technological investigation that is being carried out, the contents of conversations will not be accessed. According to regulations, information that has been gathered will be used only by the Ministry of Health - and solely for warning the public and those that may have been exposed. When no longer needed, the information will be erased.

How do I know if a text message (SMS) received regarding COVID-19 is real?

The message from the Ministry of Health will address you by your first name.

You will be able to verify the message at the Ministry of Health hotline *5400 by providing your telephone number and ID number.

 

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