Israeli doctors and scientists look back at how the country has handled COVID-19 and predict what might happen next
By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, Jerusalem Post — Israel must prepare for the next wave of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which doctors and scientists believe will likely strike in the early winter at the same time as the seasonal flu.
“We could have the flu and coronavirus together,” warned Dr. Shuki Shemer, chairman of the board of the Assuta Medical Centers, the largest private hospital network in Israel. “Then we have a problem because there will be tons of sick people,” who pose the risk of overwhelming the country’s health system.
Shemer told The Jerusalem Post this week that until now, most of the steps that Israel has taken in its war against coronavirus have been focused on ensuring Israel does not end up in a situation like the United States or Italy, in which doctors had to choose who would get intubated and who wouldn’t. Come winter, the situation could become increasingly more challenging.
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