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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:29 AM 
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February 23, 2020

          "A vote in Israel's Knesset on forming a committee of MKs to deal with the coronavirus that was set for Monday was postponed until after the March 2 election."

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Polling-stations-planned-for-corona-victims-617889

Polling stations planned for coronavirus victims

Polling stations could be created across the country for voters who are in their required 14 days of isolation following their return from China, Thailand and other countries in Asia.

Central Elections Committee Director-General Orly Ades and Health Ministry Director-General Moshe Bar Siman Tov met on Monday to discuss the impact of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the March 2 election.
 
They said polling stations could be created across the country for voters who are in their required 14 days of isolation following their return from China, Thailand and other Asian countries. Dozens of Israelis fall into that category, the Central Elections Committee said.
 
“Currently, polling stations are in public places, so the Health Ministry asked for help in the matter,” the Central Elections Committee said in a statement.
 
The committee said if special polling stations will be added for those in isolation, they would not be in the same buildings as other polling stations. They might even be placed in health clinics.
 
There are also concerns that the virus could lower voter turnout or be used by one party to discourage voters of rival parties to cast ballots. Another possibility discussed was that the Health Ministry will operate a hotline on Election Day to prevent rumors about an outbreak of the virus in areas with low voter turnout.
 
Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman joined the meeting following voting in the Knesset.
 
A vote in the Knesset on forming a committee of MKs to deal with the coronavirus that was set for Monday was postponed until after the March 2 election.
 
Blue and White MK Zvi Hauser, who initiated the effort to form the committee, said it was unfortunate that a consensus could not be found to deal with such a truly urgent issue.
 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:29 AM 
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February 23, 2020

        “Those who breach the finance departments of pharma companies can also break into their labs,” he continued. “These criminals are able to alter the composition of medicines and do even worse. We have no proof that the current virus is the result of a cyberattack, although we know that it could be...This is a promo of what a high-quality, pinpointed cyberattack can do to the world.”

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/A-coronavirus-like-disease-can-be-created-through-cyber-attack-618084

Cyber pioneer asks: Is the coronavirus the result of a cyberattack?

"Those who know how to hack into financial bodies can also hack pharmaceutical companies and create a virus."

The founder and chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners warned 350 mayors and city leaders that a cyberattack could bring the next coronavirus.

“The outbreak of the [coronavirus] and the way the world is dealing with it, is like a script for the onset of global cyberattacks,” Erel Margalit said at Wednesday’s Local Government Innovation Conference at Muni Expo 2020. “We have witnessed cyber breaches at drug companies in the past, such as the Dragonfly virus in 2013, but so far what we have witnessed is theft.

“Those who breach the finance departments of pharma companies can also break into their labs,” he continued. “These criminals are able to alter the composition of medicines and do even worse. We have no proof that the current virus is the result of a cyberattack, although we know that it could be.”

Margalit said that the criminals and cyberterrorists who are planning the next attack, and the companies who are working to defend against them, are studying the effects of the virus 24/7.

“They see how it is crossing borders, creating global panic which has a real impact on the international economy,” he said. “This is a promo of what a high-quality, pinpointed cyberattack can do to the world.”

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:30 AM 
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February 24, 2020

       "Tyto is already used by tens of thousands of people across the world...we also have a partnership with Best Buy, so anyone in the US can buy one of our devices."

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israels-Tyto-Care-to-prevent-coronavirus-exposure-from-patients-at-Sheba-618121

Israel’s Tyto Care to prevent coronavirus exposure from patients at Sheba

The Israeli startup allows patients to self monitor, and the data to be sent remotely to medics, allowing them to monitor patients without exposure to the disease.

In the past few years, telemedicine has been at the forefront of medical innovation. Now a device developed by the Netanya start-up Tyto Care is going to help the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, monitor the 12 Israelis returning from the coronavirus-stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess while minimizing the staff’s exposure to the potential infection.

The Israelis are scheduled to arrive at Sheba on Thursday and will spend a period in isolation at the facility after two weeks on quarantine on board the ship that has registered 540 cases of the disease as of Wednesday. Three other Israeli citizens who tested positive to the virus remain hospitalized in Japan.

The Tyto device, connected with an app which can be downloaded on both Android and IOS operating smartphones, allows people without any medical background or experience to carry out examinations of heart, lungs, throat, ears, skin, abdomen, heart rate, and body temperature. The tests can be conducted also by the patients on themselves. As for the lungs, one of the most sensitive areas to detect possible symptoms of the coronavirus, the tool offers a digital stethoscope that can auscultate the respiration and detect possible signs of infection.

“The 12 patients who will be quarantined will get a Tyto device. It will allow Sheba doctors to remotely examine the patients, doing a full physical exam with our set of connected devices,” Sheba said in a statement.

The statement emphasized that a final diagnosis of the coronavirus presence is reached only through a lab test.

Established in 2012, Tyto allows patients to perform the examination to check the quality of the data collected, including images and sounds, through the app on the smartphone, which also offers the instructions to follow, and to carry out the test again, if needed.

The employment of their devices by the quarantined Israelis would mark the first cooperation between the company and the hospital, but Tyto is already used by tens of thousands of people across the world, as its director of strategic accounts, Eyal Baum, told The Jerusalem Post.

“One of our partners is the Clalit system in Israel, and we have many others in the US and in Europe. We usually partner with health systems such as insurance companies or other health providers that are interested in offering telemedical services to their patients, or even employers who include this opportunity in the benefits they offer to their employees. However, we also have a partnership with Best Buy, so anyone in the US can buy one of our devices,” he said.

At Best Buy, the product costs $299, but in Israel some health insurance companies subsidize part of the price, Baum highlighted.

Asked who are the physicians examining the results of the tests performed with Tyto and available to the patients, he explained that health systems provide their own doctors, while in the case of patients who buy the device privately at Best Buy, they stipulated an agreement with the US telemedicine company American Well and their daughter company LiveHealth Online to provide the doctors for them.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:30 AM 
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February 24, 2020

          "At the start of the week, 200 Israeli students were in isolation after reporting being exposed to the tourists...The Health Ministry added that as of Sunday anyone who has been in South Korea or Japan for the last 14 days must be in house isolation until 14 days have elapsed from the time of their departure from these countries."

         14 days may not be long enough.

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Netanyahu-International-coronavirus-quarantine-list-may-grow-618492

Second coronavirus case in Israel confirmed, as panic increases

Netanyahu: ‘International coronavirus quarantine list may grow’

A second Israeli who returned to Israel on Friday from the Diamond Princess cruise ship has tested positive Sunday for the virus, according to Sheba Medical Center. The individual is in isolation at the hospital. The medical center said that the individual did not contract the virus in Israel.

The news comes as hundreds of Israelis have called a special hotline focused on treating people suspected of having contracted coronavirus, according to Magen David Adom. The Health Ministry has canceled upcoming trips to Poland for thousands of Israeli students, and only Israelis will run in Friday’s Tel Aviv Marathon.

A mild panic had erupted across Israel on Sunday following an announcement on Saturday that nine members of a large group of South Koreans who had been in the country from February 8 to 15 were diagnosed with coronavirus and might have had the virus while in Israel. The South Koreans travelled across the country, from the North to the South with stops in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, among other places.

At the start of the week, 200 Israeli students were in isolation after reporting being exposed to the tourists.

“We are prepared to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated during an emergency meeting at the Health Ministry in Tel Aviv Sunday in an effort to calm the country. “We are conducting assessments every day and I will appoint a team of ministers to meet on a daily basis to address this major challenge.”

He said that the government is constantly reviewing its policy and adjusting it to adapt to evolving circumstances, including monitoring entry into Israel from other countries. On Sunday, the Health Ministry sent a memo to citizens sharing where the South Koreans went and reviewing guidelines for if people came into contact with the pilgrims, including putting themselves under a 14-day period of isolation.

The ministry also recommends that if signs of illness – fever over 38 degrees Celsius, cough or other respiratory symptoms develop – individuals should seek medical attention. The Health Ministry added that as of Sunday anyone who has been in South Korea or Japan for the last 14 days must be in house isolation until 14 days have elapsed from the time of their departure from these countries.

Japan and South Korea were added to a growing list of countries that the ministry has labelled as contagious and is requiring travelers who return from them to enter quarantine. The other countries are China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Thailand.

As of Sunday, the entry of non-residents or citizens of Israel who were in South Korea during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Israel was prevented. As of Monday, this directive will also apply for those arriving from Japan. In addition, anyone who has been in Taiwan, Italy or Australia for the past 14 days and who develops disease symptoms should be checked according to the guidelines listed on the Health Ministry website. And anyone returning from these countries will not have to enter isolation.

“Today, we added Australia and Italy to the list of countries from which returning travelers will be required to enter quarantine,” the prime minister said. “As necessary, we will add other countries to the list.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:31 AM 
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February 24, 2020

         "As the Wuhan coronavirus continues spreading throughout the world, and in the absence of a vaccine or cure, the only known way to eradicate the virus is to isolate the infected individuals and whomever comes in contact with them...If there are several people quarantined in the same household, they are allowed to stay together in the same room. In the event that all household members need to stay in quarantine, there are no special restrictions within the home."

           This can be a problem, because if ONE of them is infected while the others are not, the others are not in danger of contracting the illness, and 14 days may not be enough to guarantee that the virus cannot be spread further.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/This-is-how-an-at-home-coronoavirus-quarantine-works-618219

This is how an at-home coronavirus quarantine works in Israel

The Health Ministry has announced that anyone returning from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore or Thailand should remain quarantined at home for 14 days. What would such a quarantine be like?

As the Wuhan coronavirus continues spreading throughout the world, and in the absence of a vaccine or cure, the only known way to eradicate the virus is to isolate the infected individuals and whomever comes in contact with them.

Health Ministry announced on Sunday that anyone returning from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore or Thailand, even those who do not exhibit symptoms of the disease, should remain quarantined in solitary confinement at home for 14 days.

On Thursday morning, the ministry issued the official guidelines of behavior for those who need to be quarantined. The quarantined individual must stay in a separate, well-ventilated room with a closed door and separate toilet if possible. They will only be allowed to leave the room for brief and necessary actions, while making sure to cover their mouth and nose.

Those in quarantine must wash their hands with soap or disinfect them with alcohol both before and after food preparation or use of the toilet, and must also be careful to cover their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, preferably doing so into the elbow.

If there are several people quarantined in the same household, they are allowed to stay together in the same room. In the event that all household members need to stay in quarantine, there are no special restrictions within the home.

If fever or respiratory symptoms appear, or for any other medical problems, quarantined individuals must first call their healthcare provider, clinic or emergency room doctor and notify them in advance if they have stayed in China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore or Macau sometime during the past two weeks.

In any case of contact with a medical center or provider, those in quarantine must cover their mouths and noses with a surgical mask or other available cloth, and avoid traveling by public transport. As far as uninfected household members are concerned, the most important thing for them to remember is washing hands as frequently as possible and minimizing the number of people entering the quarantined room.

Disposable gloves and tissues should be used in all contact with quarantined individuals and any part of the quarantined room. The nose and mouth should be covered any time someone enters the room and the uninfected people must wash their hands with soap or alcoholic disinfectant after every contact with the person or room currently in quarantine.

The surfaces and furniture in the room must be cleaned and disinfected every day, and disposable items such as handkerchiefs, masks, and other debris must be disposed of in a dedicated bag, which must be sealed well before being taken out to a trash can.

Also on Friday an IDF soldier was lightly injured after a rock was thrown towards troops by Palestinian rioters in the village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah. The soldier was transferred to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer for medical treatment.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/25/20 8:31 AM 
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February 25, 2020

                “A bar mitzvah that was scheduled for Thursday has been postponed, as well as a fundraising dinner organized by the Keren Hayesod at the beginning of next week.”

        No... A bar mitzvah is NOT something that is scheduled. A bar mitzvah simply happens, like lightning, the instant a Jewish boy turns 13 on God's Hebrew calendar. What was postponed was either a ritual recognizing the event that already happened, or a celebratory gathering.

https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/How-the-Jews-in-Italy-are-coping-with-coronavirus-50000-in-quarantine-618640

How the Jews in Italy are coping with coronavirus, 50,000 in quarantine

While Jewish institutions are closely monitoring the coronavirus epidemic, and while everyone worries about the impact of the situation on the city, Jews in northern Italy aren’t panicking.

A Talmud class was canceled, as well as a conference on the history of Zionism and a book presentation at the Holocaust Memorial. Jewish life in Milan at the time of the coronavirus crisis that is hitting northern Italy hard is a succession of emails canceling a rich calendar of events that the city’s Jewish institutions organized on a regular basis.

Considered the economical capital of Italy, Milan is home to 7,000 Jews, the largest Jewish community in the country after Rome. Italy is currently the third country for number of registered coronavirus cases in the world after China and South Korea, with more than 200 infected, mostly in Lombardy, Milan’s region.

The contagion has prompted local authorities to take a series of measures, including canceling schools until March 1 and prohibiting large gatherings such as religious functions and recreational activities. Theaters and movie theaters have also shut down, and cafes were ordered to close before 6 p.m. While Jewish institutions are closely monitoring the coronavirus epidemic, and while everyone worries about the impact of the situation on the city, Jews in northern Italy aren’t panicking.

“Following the orders of the authorities, we closed our school but our offices are open and the community’s retirement home is also functioning normally, with all the appropriate precautions,” Milo Hasbani, the president of the Jewish community of Milan, told The Jerusalem Post.

“As far as religious functions are concerned, we have been in touch with the prefecture and we agreed that synagogues would be able to hold their daily prayers with their usual worshipers but would not accept visitors or large crowds,” he said. “We will in touch later on in the week to see if it’s going to be possible for the synagogues to be open on Shabbat.”

To the best of their knowledge, nobody in the community has been infected, Hasbani said. A bar mitzvah that was scheduled for Thursday has been postponed, as well as a fundraising dinner organized by the Keren Hayesod at the beginning of next week, he said.

“Tomorrow we will hold the community council,” he said. “We are considering appointing a special task force to deal with the emergency that will be able to act fast. So far, I have to thank all the professionals working in their communities for their efforts and efficiency.”

One of the challenges presented by the cancellation of the school consists in the fact that Italian law requires a minimum number of schooldays, that for Jewish schools is already challenging to reach it because of the Jewish holidays.

“We are talking to the Education Ministry to understand what to do if they were to decide to keep schools closed for longer,” Hasbani said, adding that they are also exploring holding classes online.

Having the children at home for many days in the middle of the school year is challenging for many families, as Jennifer Berkowitz, a mother of three, told the Post.

“The children are very happy to be at home, but we need to get organized,” she said while her three children, ages nine, seven and 18 months, play in the background.

Berkowitz said she did not go to the office today to be home with the kids while their situation is especially complicated also because their nanny is at home sick (unrelated to the coronavirus).

“I’m not scared, I’m taking them out in the afternoon. Maybe we will avoid the playground, since the slides and swings are touched by so many people, but we will still go to a park,” she said. “What is important is to wash our hands.”

Like many Milanese Jews, Berkowitz has family in Israel. Her mother and sister are planning to visit in the coming days. But the uncertainties regarding possible quarantines might affect their decision.

“My mother is planning on staying for a long period, so she is not so worried, but my sister should be here only for a few days and she is concerned that Israeli authorities might order those who return from Italy to be in isolation for two weeks, so she doesn’t know what to do,” she said, adding that at the moment the problems around traveling are more worrisome to hear that the virus itself. “We are planning to spend Passover in Israel. We really hope we won’t need to give it up.”

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/26/20 7:42 AM 
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February 26, 2020

          "many Israelis are cancelling their various plans for the Passover holiday abroad, including trips to Thailand and Italy. As a result, more Israelis will stay in Israel, potentially increasing the demand for matzah."

           There should be enough matzah and other products to go around, but this article does highlight how the coronavirus is affecting the movement of people, and the manufacture and transportation of consumer products. There is a major ripple effect starting to hurt economies throughout the world.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Coronavirus-could-cause-matzah-shortage-in-Israel-on-Passover-618613

Coronavirus could cause matzah shortage in Israel for Passover

Other retail products for the holidays are also expected to arrive late due to the virus causing massive delays of all shipping.

A MAN wraps fresh matza during Passover in Ashdod in 2016 (photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)

The coronavirus outbreak could cause a shortage of matzah in Israel ahead of Passover, Ynet reported.

The news come as many Israelis are cancelling their various plans for the Passover holiday abroad, including trips to Thailand and Italy. As a result, more Israelis will stay in Israel, potentially increasing the demand for matzah.

"We already ordered all the matzot for the holiday. Everything," one retailer told Ynet.

The retailer explained that their orders are based on a calculation that takes into account two factors: that no one wants to eat kosher-for-Passover food after Passover, and the fact that at any given time during the holiday, at least 5%-7% of the population will be out of the country. The first factor is the reason that all kosher-for-Passover food is ordered and even manufactured in limited quantities. However, with more Israelis staying, "the food market will have another 3% -4% demand that it will not be able to cope with."

The arrival of other retail products for the holidays is also expected to be slow due to the virus causing massive delays of all shipping. As a result, some in Israel are turning to Turkey for a variety of products needed for the holiday, such as chairs, pots, pans, plastic containers and small electronic appliances.

These products are normally ordered from China and are known for being relatively inexpensive. While products from Turkey may be on average 20% more expensive, shipping is much faster and cheaper. Furthermore, products in China have actually become more expensive due to the coronavirus, especially certain products such as surgical face masks.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon2/27/20 7:17 AM 
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February 27, 2020

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Netanyahu-Procedures-in-place-to-guard-economy-for-coronavirus-outbreak-618746

Netanyahu: Procedures in place to guard economy from coronavirus outbreak

“We are working with the Finance Ministry to secure an economic safety net for the private sector to ensure continued economic activity.”

The government will do what it can to ensure that Israel does not fall into an economic crisis as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.
 
He spoke at a meeting with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron and members of the private sector to discuss the growing financial challenges resulting from the fast-spreading coronavirus and the restrictions being put in place on travel. The Finance Ministry is developing procedures to handle the potential crisis, which include a compensation protocol, Netanyahu said.
 
“I ask the citizens of Israel to obey the guidelines we give them,” he said. “We will work together, and we will get through this crisis.”
 
Meir Ben-Shabbat, the national security adviser and National Security Council director, who also attended the meeting, said: “We have established an orderly process between all government ministries to enable maximum synchronization between all parties. We are careful, but we are not hysterical. Everything is under control, and we are constantly assessing risk.”
 
Ron Tomer, president of the Manufacturers Association of Israel, said Israel’s manufacturers stand with the government to ensure functionality yet safety.
 
“We are working with the Finance Ministry to secure an economic safety net for the private sector to ensure continued economic activity,” he said.
 
Earlier in the day, the association said a French ship, the Lausanne MSC, docked at Ashdod Port and was being denied entry. The apparent reason was that a person onboard had recently been in South Korea, it said. The ship is carrying pesticides, pharmaceuticals and food, it said.
 
“The decision was made without the seamen being examined by medical teams,” the association said in a press release. “The cargo ship was required to enter quarantine even though the crew was not expected to enter Israel and despite no other countries thus far implementing any restrictions on foreign trade.”
 
On Monday, when the Bank of Israel said it would keep its benchmark interest rate at 0.25%, it noted that the outbreak of the coronavirus is casting uncertainty over a range of areas, including future economic activity both in Israel and abroad, the impact on inflation and on financial markets.
 
The meeting Tuesday came after the Manufacturers Association of Israel and many in the private sector had appealed to the government for assistance, warning that the financial impact of the novel coronavirus threatens the survival of some businesses.
 

 
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March 1, 2020

          "Masks made in Israel that last for a person’s entire lifetime but are deadly on contact to bacteria and viruses are in production and will soon be available through an Amazon store."

https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Amid-pandemic-panic-infused-cotton-can-beat-corona-and-staph-infections-618998

Are the most potent coronavirus protection masks made in Israel?

Material with untold uses, including as antidote to health care-associated infections, was developed in Israel.

Inventor Jeffrey Gabbay with copper-infused cotton fibers. -  (photo credit: FELICE FRIEDSON/TML PHOTOS)

Textile scientist Jeffrey Gabbay no doubt appreciates the importance of timing: While masses of masked men and women are making airports and the streets of the world’s major cities look like sci-fi movie sets, his company’s process for turning common cotton fibers into a defensive wall of copper-infused fabric, denying entry to germs and bacteria, is arguably the most potent protection from the coronavirus. Witness an order from Hong Kong for disposable face masks.

“I only had enough material for 1 million masks, and they are all sold out,” Gabbay told The Media Line at his Jerusalem plant. Masks made in Israel that last for a person’s entire lifetime but are deadly on contact to bacteria and viruses are in production and will soon be available through an Amazon store.

The breakthrough – Gabbay, who invented the copper technology, says it is the only such applied science – came prior to coronavirus crashing onto the scene, sending shock waves of chaos and concern around the globe. Even before he perfected his copper-based process that beneficially infuses cotton fibers, the list of potential applications was as long as one’s imagination and as broad as experience with germs and disease had taught.

In fact, months prior to the coronavirus outbreak cloaking the issue with the solemnity appropriate for a matter of life and death, Gabbay had told The Media Line, by way of extolling the benefits of his breakthrough, that “our socks don’t smell.” More miracle than breakthrough.

Visiting the pristine Jerusalem factory of Gabbay’s Argaman Technologies, a reference to the garments worn by the high priests in Judaism’s Holy Temples, the process through which copper particles are embedded inside cotton fibers resembles commercial pasta-making on steroids. Gearing up for the mass market, while the pilot production yields about one ton per week, the facility’s capacity upon completion will be ten tons per day.

Gabbay exudes a professorial persona as he walks among the machinery, some off-the-shelf and others proprietary equipment that he designed and built. He explains how his process allows the properties of “any chemical we want” to be infused into a cotton fiber. Odors aside, the Jerusalem-based scientist-entrepreneur excitedly connects the dots, and a portrait of possibilities emerges.

“We have cotton that doesn’t burn, you can’t ignite it,” Gabbay tells The Media Line as we visualize the iconic photographs of vast fields of cotton ablaze under farmers’ control. “Or we have cotton that can cause sterilization of a textile.” Even before it is spelled out, what comes to mind are health care-associated infections (HAIs) – like staphylococcus infections that are dangerous to hospital patients – having written a story relating to such a situation not long ago.

The person who was the subject of that article suffered a sudden death shortly after being admitted to a hospital for a back problem and contracting such an infection. His loss was devastating to an entire community. But what if his hospital gown and bedding had killed the staph bacteria and not the patient? As if mind reading, Gabbay mentioned that Argaman has just completed a test at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control that demonstrated a 25% reduction in HAIs by changing patients’ gowns and bedding to his company's self-sterilizing copper-infused textiles, along with a 40% reduction in multi-drug-resistant organisms – and the supposition that an even more dramatic result was stymied by pathogens hitching rides on the garments of hospital employees.

Already growing into a global operation, fabric earmarked for use in the United States will be American-made, while production of the fabric to be tested in Israel, some 100,000 meters worth, is being made in Turkey after being treated in Israel. As far as items that will be produced, “all things hospital” – including bedding, nurses’ uniforms, lab coats, scrubs and robes.

GABBAY'S PARENTS emigrated from Baghdad in 1946, two years before he was born, and moved to Israel in 1973. Educated in New York and Italy, his academic platform is his background in textile engineering, chemistry, biochemistry and infectious diseases.

Pointing out that “textiles are fabulous incubators” and “bacteria will grow almost any place,” Gabbay explains the inadequacy of seeking an antimicrobial solution because “the bugs will come back.” However, “when we talk about self-sterilization, we are talking about an absolute. If we want to control infection in the hospital, we need the absolute.” Absolutely.

 

 
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March 2, 2020

       "He reportedly complained of high fever and everyone who came in contact with the person has been contacted and placed under quarantine at home...In addition, the entry of 23 passengers who landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on a flight from Venice and Milan on an easyJet flight was also refused. The passengers of that flight are scheduled to fly back soon as well."

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Israeli-who-came-back-from-Italy-diagnosed-with-coronavirus-619053

Coronavirus confirmed in Israeli who returned from Italy, traveled El Al

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri expressed his intention to sign an official document on Thursday, barring Italian travelers from entering Israel.

An Israeli who came back from Italy on Sunday was diagnosed on Thursday with coronavirus, the Health Ministry announced. The person will be kept under quarantine at the Sheba Medical Center. He reportedly complained of high fever and everyone who came in contact with the person has been contacted and placed under quarantine at home.

He had traveled on El Al flight no. 382 from Italy to Israel that arrived in the country on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. 

This is the first case of an Israeli with coronavirus from Italy. The only other cases of Israelis who contracted the virus have been the Israelis who were aboard the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship off the coasts of Japan.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri expressed his intention to sign an official document on Thursday, barring Italian travelers from entering Israel for fear of a coronavirus infection.

Later on Thursday, several foreigners coming from Italy were already denied entry. 25 travelers (19 of whom are Italians) remained on a plane coming from Bergamo, Italy and were refused entry to Israel.

The Population and Immigration Authority reported that the Bergamo plane landed at 12:55 p.m. on Thursday and that Israeli passengers got off the plane and have received instructions from the Ministry of Health.

The aircraft is expected to take off back to Bergamo soon, carrying the 25 passengers, in addition to 119 other passengers departing from Israel, most of them Italian.

In addition, the entry of 23 passengers who landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on a flight from Venice and Milan on an easyJet flight was also refused. The passengers of that flight are scheduled to fly back soon as well.

On Wednesday, the Health Ministry instructed that all Israelis who come back from Italy are also to be quarantined in their own homes for 14 days. Also on Thursday, Italy reported another 100 cases nationwide, taking the total in Europe's biggest hot spot to more than 400, while its death toll rose to 12.

 

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