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Wear a Mask, Hope for the Best

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The strongest feeling regarding how Israel is addressing the threat of the new coronavirus is a sense of the state’s own helplessness. Behind the big, pompous, seemingly decisive words is nothing except for a cardboard sign at Ben-Gurion International Airport calling on passengers returning from certain Asian countries to self-quarantine for two weeks. As if people would voluntarily place themselves under a kind of house arrest, as if it were even logical, in a democratic country, to arbitrarily quarantine thousands of people in this way. That’s your solution? As if the state can even enforce the command to withdraw from life for two weeks.

Who’ll compensate the self-employed while they’re in quarantine? Who’ll take care of their families? Who’ll reimburse employers? Did anyone consider even the most trivial ramifications of the policy? For that matter, who will enforce the quarantine? Who’ll make sure people who may be infected don’t come in contact with others and risk spreading the virus?........

© Haaretz