When Israel wants to export its model anti-COVID-19 to the jewish diaspora

Quand Israël veut exporter son modèle anti-COVID-19 à la diaspora juive

JERUSALEM | Telemedicine, oximeters, masks: Israel tries to export its model of management of the crisis of the COVID-19 in the jewish diaspora in France and the United States with the hope of curbing the spread of the virus, in communities that are sometimes hit.

The jewish world-famous Thursday evening to Saturday evening Shavuot, Pentecost jewish, with rallies planned in the families and synagogues. In Israel, where schools, bars and cafes have reopened, synagogues will also be able to accommodate the faithful for such celebrations.

This will not be more or less the case in France, where the Consistory of Paris has called upon the synagogues to a “progressive reopening from June 4,” and “low numbers”, according to a recent letter seen by AFP.

Israel, a country where the majority is jewish of nine million inhabitants, has approximately 280 deaths of the COVID-19, a balance sheet lower than those of other jewish communities such as that of France, the first in Europe, or New York, the largest in North America.

The jewish State has a ratio of 31 deaths/million inhabitants, compared to 310 for the United States and 427 in France.

“Essential measures”

These last days, the jewish Agency, which is dedicated to the immigration of Jews to Israel, has established a partnership with two other local organizations, the scientific Institute Weizmann and health services, Clalit, to try to export to jewish communities abroad, the israeli model in terms of the fight against the virus.

“The basic idea is to try to explain to the jewish community that was proportionately more affected than the average population in France, the United States, mainly to New York (…) the experience of the doctors and scientists in Israel”, tells the AFP Amos Hermon, a part of the jewish Agency.

“We believe that Israel has taken the essential measures (to contain the crisis) (…). We therefore wish to share this knowledge, this knowledge with other communities who have been very badly affected”, he adds.

The israeli officials recommended delaying the opening of synagogues in France and proposed a model of the medical committees in charge of monitoring the state of health of the jews, according to sources who have had access to a meeting Zoom between the president of the consistory of Paris, Joël Mergui, and of the executives of the jewish State.

Objective: to identify potential patients who before they go into the synagogues and spread the infection to other people, and this, in favoring the use of oximeters, devices for measuring, by the finger, the rate of oxygen in the blood and determine if the state of health of a patient deteriorates.

In Israel, the health authorities have put in place telemedicine units in order to maintain among the people affected by the COVID-19.

The patients with oximeters, are contacted twice a day by medical teams who request them to inform them of the readings. If the rate of oxygen decreases in the blood, it is that the patient’s condition deteriorates and the latter is brought to the hospital.

“Speed of response”

“The basic idea is to have a doctor in daily contact with patients to assess for signs of deterioration of his state of health (…). The pulse oximeter, it is the tool,” notes Boaz Katz, of the Weizmann Institute.

The containment and distancing physical taken at the beginning of the crisis, as well as the development of telemedicine contributed to the israeli model of crisis management, say experts interviewed by the AFP.

And there’s also the “timeliness of response”, note Yair Schindel, a member of the task force set up by the government to manage the output of the pandemic. “Close the sites quickly? Have you put in place a containment quickly? Do you get to quickly impose the mask to the population?”, explains to the AFP this person who is working on scenarios to mitigate the effects of a possible “second wave”.

The program is not a purchase — at least not at this point by Israel of oximeters for the jewish diaspora, but the tightening of the links. And these exchanges may aim, also, to better understand the emergence and evolution of the virus in Israel.

According to a study from the University of Tel-Aviv, about 70 % of the people diagnosed with the virus in the country have been infected by a strain from the United States, and 30 % from Europe, mostly from France and Belgium.

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