CORONAVIRUS NEWS

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is spreading around the world, including in Israel. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, but the virus can be fatal. To help maintain the virus, Israel has implemented a number of restrictions on the public.

COVID: Overcrowded and short on ECMOs, Israeli hospitals are in crisis

Israel's hospitals are overcrowded with coronavirus patients. Will Israeli doctors be the ones to decide who lives or dies? 

COVID: Unjabbed, untested teachers in Israel can't work starting Oct. 3

Health Ministry Director-General Prof. Nachman Ash said that unvaccinated patients are straining the hospitals.

Can police help win Israel’s COVID-19 battle?

Tomer Lotan, director-general of the Public Security Ministry, spoke with the Post about one of the critical elements of Israel’s battle against COVID-19: enforcement

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in thi

EU drugs regulator says to decide on Pfizer vaccine booster in early October

Many EU states have already decided to administer a booster dose despite facing higher legal risks without a formal decision to do so by the EMA.

By REUTERS
23/09/2021
3D medical animation still shot showing the structure of a coronavirus

COVID-19 is evolving to become more airborne, says recent study

A new University of Maryland study suggests that successive strains to the novel coronavirus are becoming more transmittable through the air.

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syring

COVID pandemic will be over within a year - Moderna CEO

Bancel stated that the world will return to routine life by this time next year.

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COVID vaccines protect more than just your physical health - here's how

New research has discovered a secondary benefit to the corona vaccine, and it’s really surprising.

By Walla!
23/09/2021

COVID-19: FDA to authorize Pfizer booster vaccine for older Americans

Advisers to the FDA voted on Friday to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older.

By REUTERS
23/09/2021

COVID: Mild cases at risk of deterioration to be given antibody drug

Regeneron was authorized in November for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

COVID: Bennett vows to continue ‘calculated risk’ plan with schools

93% of new cases of coronavirus in Israel are from among the unvaccinated population or had received the vaccination jabbed 6 months earlier.

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in thi

US to donate 500 mln more COVID vaccine doses to other countries - Biden

"This is an all hands on deck crisis," US President Joe Biden said of the pandemic that has raged since early 2020, killing at least 4,913,000 people. 

By REUTERS
22/09/2021

Vaccination project underway for 100,000 Holocaust survivors

The Claims Conference has invested 5 million NIS into an initiative to transport 100,000 housebound Holocaust survivors to and from vaccination centers for the third coronavirus vaccine.

COVID-19: 11 ways to differentiate real, fake news about pandemic - opinion

Is there no way to differentiate between truth and falsehood in today’s hyperpolarized media environment?

22/09/2021

This week in Jerusalem: Hands off

A weekly round-up of city affairs.

22/09/2021
  Travellers wear protective face masks at Terminal 3, Ben Gurion International Airport, as Israel r

Incoming passengers recovered from COVID to no longer need a PCR test

Health Ministry updates list of red, orange and yellow countries • 40% of new daily COVID cases are Arabs

Pfizer says vaccine safe, effective for kids 5-11, will apply for EUA

“Over the past nine months, hundreds of millions of people ages 12 and older from around the world have received our COVID-19 vaccine,” said company CEO Albert Bourla in a release.

Do COVID lockdowns affect our memory?

Our brains wear masks, too. How soon will we be able to restore our memory function to its former state? And how might this affect us in the future?

By Walla!
21/09/2021

Horseshoe bat coronaviruses related to COVID virus - study

Researchers looked for viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 and found three among bats living in Laotian caves that had receptor binding domains closely resembling those found in the virus.

Johnson & Johnson: Second COVID-19 vaccine shot boosts protection to 94%

Johnson & Johnson said a booster given two months after the first dose increased antibody levels four to six-fold.

By REUTERS
21/09/2021

US middle school goes virtual to kurb COVID spread from a bar mitzvah

The bar mitzvah that caused an outbreak of COVID is the the nephew of former New Jersey governer Chris Christie.

By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
21/09/2021

40% of new COVID cases in Israel among Arabs, 40% children

Some 6,456 new cases were diagnosed on Sunday, with only around 5% of the 126,000 people screened testing positive — one of the lowest positivity rates since mid-August.

 Magen David Adom's "mitzvah on wheels" traveling sukkah.

MDA brings back travelling sukkah to cheer staff on Sukkot

During Hol Hamoed Sukkot, Rabbi Shpitzer will drive a portable sukkah to MDA stations all over Israel to raise morale for workers and enable them to say the blessing on Arba Minim.

 Dr. Natali Kariv treats a Holocaust survivor through the services of the Lemaanam organization

Due to COVID: 1 of every 30 Holocaust survivors doesn't get medical care

Lemaanam, a non-profit medical organization dedicated to helping Holocaust survivors, is starting a fundraiser to expand their activity.

By YUVAL BAGNO/MAARIV
20/09/2021
Hadassah Ein Kerem coronavirus unit

Israeli freed from Jordanian prison in medically-induced coma - report

Yechiel "Chilik" Chaivi was placed in a medically-induced coma over Yom Kippur after being freed from Jordanian prison with severe COVID-19, and his condition continues to deteriorate.

Children to be tested before they return to school after Sukkot

Serious cases appear to be increasing. “We are worried,” says Coronavirus Commissioner Zarka.

Students who isolate are angry, violent and addicted to screens - survey

Children who are put into quarantine experience more outbursts of anger, expressions of violence, prolonged use of screens and reversal of sleep hours, according to a new survey.

COVID in Israel: Politicians cancel events due to pandemic

"He is a dead horse in politics, whose time has passed," a critic of Israel Katz said, claiming the cancellation is due to Katz's lack of popularity.

19/09/2021

COVID: 'Jerusalem's Shabbat' brings Jews together from all over the city

Led by the city’s Youth Authority, the project aims "to provide activities for young families during weekends, close to home and through joint activities for both parents and children."

Meet the UAE's COVID-19 sniffer dogs

Dubai Police trained a special unit of 38 sniffer dogs to recognize the scent of COVID-19 using samples of sweat from people with confirmed infections.

By REUTERS
19/09/2021

FDA advisers vote unanimously to give COVID booster to people 65+

US health experts say not enough evidence to give third shot to younger people, as Israel boasts crossing 3 million with the booster.

19/09/2021
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