Israel’s success against the pandemic

Although it’s only over when it’s over, a look at corona statistics shows the startling difference between israel’s containment of the pandemic and that of Europe.

By Giulio Meotti, INN

Italy? 23.660 deaths.

Spain? 20.453.

France? 19.718.

UK? 16.060.

Belgium? 5.683.

Holland? 3.684.

This is as of Monday, April 20th The list of the Western countries most affected by the pandemic is dramatic.

Israel? 173 deaths (as of Wednesday, 187, ed).

A similar contrast is found if you count the number of deaths per million. Israel has 20, well behind France (302), UK (237), Italy (391), Spain (437), Belgium (490) and Holland (215).

It is too early to make a balanced analysis of what happened, it will be a very long battle to contain and defeat the “Wuhan Virus”. But it not premature to say that, among the Western countries, Israel has been the only one succeeding in containing the pandemic. The per capita mortality rate in Israel is among the lowest in the OECD. The mortality rate among the sick in Israel is among the lowest in the OECD.

The perception is that the virus is well on the way to being “beaten” in the Jewish State.

Israel’s health care system has not shown obvious signs of crisis. Israel was the first Western country to enforce targeted quarantines and travel restrictions. Israel conducted 17 tests per 1,000 people, like Germany (16) and much more than South Korea (10), France (5), and the UK (4).

Israel dealt with the crisis as a security issue also, involving its secret service and intelligence to track the infection, advise the government and find medical supplies abroad.

The Israeli public, on the whole, behaved very well, respecting the rules.

The Israeli scientific research world – Weizmann, Tel Aviv University, other facilities – is working hard to find a vaccine.

Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and Japan are Asian countries which have been able to contain the damage. Europe and the US – with the only exception of Germany – almost totally failed. But for the West, mimicking the Asian countries is impossible, since the latter are a mix of collectivist culture and authoritarian policy, where individual rights and freedoms never flourished anyway.

Israel – our Western oasis in the East – is our only successful example. I would suggest the Europeans stop defaming the Jewish State and start looking at it as a model.

April 24, 2020 | 4 Comments » | 572 views

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  1. Locking Israel down and social distancing worked. Let us pray when Israel is not opened up it will not end up like the countries mentioned in the article with lots of dead and a high death rate.

    Hopefully this virus dies when the weather gets hot like the flu does. This is not yet known.

  2. “Coronavirus outbreaks die out within 70 days regardless of lockdown measures, expert claims
    Alahna Kindred

    CORONAVIRUS outbreaks die out within 70 days – regardless of using lockdown measures, an expert has claimed.
    Prof Isaac Ben-Israel has suggested that all efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 will lead to the same results because the killer bug is “self-limiting”.

    Prof Isaac Ben-Israel claims it takes 40 days for the virus to peak before declining

    Prof Isaac Ben-Israel claims it takes 40 days for the virus to peak before decliningCredit: AFP – Getty
    The professor called the lockdown measures ‘mass hysteria’
    The professor called the lockdown measures ‘mass hysteria’Credit: Janerik Henriksson/TT

    The Israeli academic, who is head of the Security Studies program at Tel Aviv University, has said his analysis proves the virus peaks at 40 days before declining.

    His calculations show the pattern of daily new infections as a percentage of accumulated number of infections.

    They start at about 30 per cent and then decrease to 10 per cent after six weeks, before dropping to less than five per cent on the seventh week – or about 49 days.

    The former chief Cybernetics adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a self-published article this week: “Our analysis shows that this is a constant pattern across countries.

    “Surprisingly, this pattern is common to countries that have taken a severe lockdown, including the paralysis of the economy, as well as to countries that implemented a far more lenient policy and have continued in ordinary life.” This is from today’s SUN (UK). PLease also read the full article.

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