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Israel Should Help Those Who Cannot Live With the Coronavirus

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The coronavirus infection statistics, and the reasonable prospect of a fifth and maybe a sixth wave, require us to infuse some content into the phrase “living with the coronavirus.” Because there are those who are living quite well with the virus, whose lifestyle, livelihood and functioning have not been affected at all, and there are those whose lives and the lives of their loved ones have been turned upside down.

The government effort to allow most Israelis to go about their business is crucial, but the need to identify those who aren’t managing to function is no less crucial. No one can tell us how much longer we’ll have to live with the pandemic, but there are assessments that it could go on for a few years. This means that in addition to planning and coping in the short term, there needs to be long-term government programs to provide a solution for those who cannot adjust – in the workforce, the educational system and in business.

Practically speaking, we are “living with” the coronavirus since the beginning of the year, when the vaccination campaign began and the economy........

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