What comes after the corona pandemic? This question will soon concern more and more countries. A glance at Israel seems to bring an unpleasant answer.
Munich – Israel vaccinates quickly and effectively. Around 60 percent of the nine million citizens in the country are said to be fully immunized, almost two thirds have received at least one dose of one of the drugs against Covid-19. Yet reality is now catching up with Israel. In a very worrying way.
More and more people in the country are falling ill, reports the Jerusalem Post. According to doctors, the virus infections found, which affect children and adults, are actually more common in winter. But because it’s currently summer, the alarm bells are ringing all the more.
Virus infections in Israel: “Cases in the clinics are only the tip of the iceberg”
“We have never seen anything like this before,” says Dr. Tal Brosh quotes. The head of the infectious diseases department at Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital warns: “We watch viral infections in clinics, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg compared to what happens in society, because for every hospital patient there are many more cases outside.”
Respiratory diseases have been increasing since spring and the number of RSV infections has been increasing since May. Behind this abbreviation is the respiratory syncytial virus, which particularly affects the upper and lower respiratory tract and, according to the Robert Koch Institute, is “one of the most important pathogens for respiratory infections in infants, especially premature babies and toddlers”.
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Viral Infections in Israel: Symptoms of Severe Colds in the Middle of Summer
Brosh feels reminded of the winters of the past few years. So the one before the corona pandemic. Because: “In winter 2020/2021 we did not have an RSV case.” But this is not the only virus that is currently resurgent. What they all have in common: They affect the airways and come with the symptoms of a severe cold. However, there has been no flu wave in Israel since the beginning of the Corona crisis, which is now also confronted with the Delta mutant.
Dr. Tal Snir, director of the children’s clinic at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, calms down and explains in the Jerusalem Post, these cases are by no means surprising in the wake of a pandemic. “We didn’t see them in winter because we wore masks and were in lockdown, but they are normal viruses,” emphasizes the clinic boss.
Other medical experts also see no reason to panic, but rather a side effect of the return to normalcy. “The children go back to school, meet their friends again and have a normal life. The viruses use this to seek revenge, ”explains Dr. Giora Weiser, Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
Virus infections in Israel: will the wave last into the coming year?
So that’s the way of life. However, none of the experts can reliably predict how the situation will develop in the coming weeks. So also not whether the number of infections will decrease again quickly.
Brosh explains: “It’s not a pandemic.” But the current wave of viruses could well last for several years: “The crazy thing is the timing. We just don’t know whether it will die out soon or whether it will last into winter and what will happen next winter. ”One thing is certain: a lot of work on the clinic staff. (mg)