Coronavirus War in Israel: What is a regular citizen to do? Lockdown and Risk Factors

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  1. Sandra says:

    Where does age fit into this? What of those over say 70, 80 and 90 with none of these conditions?

    • Sheri Oz says:

      I do not remember where I saw this but I saw an article that was clear that after age 60, the chances of getting hit by the disease harder increased substantially.

  2. I’ve thought about this all day. I think about it all the time. I’m 77 years old and live in India in an orphanage I founded with 15 children, some with severe disabilities. We have been in severe lockdown for over six months. I worry all the time. I’ve also been a doctor for 51 years so I have another perspective and I remember the tail end of polio epidemic in the US and diptheria in the South. I would not have done a lock down for COVID. I would have followed the model of Sweden. One of the reasons is the effect of increasing government control of our lives. Another is the economic destruction of people’s lives, people who will not recover economically. Then there are the children who have missed a year of education, for some the critical early years of language and number development, and their lag behind their peers with computers and other economic means. People become afraid of each other, afraid of getting sick, even more afraid of infecting others. We all become like walking bioweapons, afraid, afraid of sickness, afraid of blame.

    And then there is the economic factor, the profit motive, so that inexpensive treatments, no longer under patent are considered dangerous suddenly, while billions goes to expensive treatments and vaccinations.

    In my opinion the people running the show are scared and like us, afraid of blame, afraid to let up, to accept that our lives are always at risk. But COVID isn’t Ebola. It’s not even TB.

    At the end of the day, I say to give us back control of our lives. Government control does not have a good history.

    • Sheri Oz says:

      I agree with the socioeconomic dangers of lockdown you talk about and also do not relish government control of our lives. In this case, however, it is not clear what is really going on. We will only know in retrospect in a few years. I sure would be overwhelmed by the responsibility if I had to make decisions for my country at this time. I think this may be a case of “damned if you do and damned if you don’t”.

      I can only speak for myself and those I know — I do not see it as being afraid of other people, but being afraid of getting the virus from someone who may have it and be contagious and not yet know that. Or someone who deliberately goes out and about in spite of having tested positive. Wearing condoms does not imply being afraid of other people — it is mutual protection re STDs when you do not know if that other person has been careful about who they have been with recently (as well as protection against unwanted pregnancy). From what I have been reading, Sweden does not necessarily agree with what it did at the start of the pandemic.

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