מחלקת קורונה בשיבא
Doctors working at Sheba Medical Center's coronavirus ward
Photo: AFP
Doctors working at Sheba Medical Center's coronavirus ward

Doctors slam government handling of coronavirus pandemic

In a petition doctors urge government to focus health efforts on elderly and high-risk groups but allow the young to get infected and advance herd immunity while saving the economy

i24NEWS |
Published: 07.19.20 , 21:29
More than 530 Israeli doctors signed an independent petition in the last few days, slamming the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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  • The petition stated that the efforts to curb the spread of the virus are hopeless and are causing a surge in deaths and serious cases, while also “bringing about an economic disaster and human suffering for millions of Israeli citizens,” Israeli media site N12 reported on Sunday.
    מחלקת קורונה בשיבאמחלקת קורונה בשיבא
    Doctors working at Sheba Medical Center's coronavirus ward
    (Photo: AFP)
    The petition, the initiative of a physician from central Israel, which spread across social media, noted that according to data accumulated over the past months, all resources and efforts should be focused on protecting the elderly and high-risk groups because the virus does not affect greater portions of the younger population who get infected but only develop mild symptoms if any - and therefore should not be subject to any government restrictions and be allowed to work and roam freely.
    עימותים ועצורים אחרי ההפגנה: "זו מלחמה"עימותים ועצורים אחרי ההפגנה: "זו מלחמה"
    Demonstrators in Tel Aviv protesting against the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic
    (Photo: Tal Shahar)
    The physicians argue that an economic recession could be avoided and that with the younger populations contracting and transmitting the virus - all the while developing at most light symptoms - herd-immunity could be advanced, which would bring about an end to the virus spread.
    They also claimed that their voices were not being listened to by the government when deciding policy because officials in the Health Ministry prevent any alternative discussion over the best steps that should be taken.

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