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Feb 26, 2021, 8:45 AM
The problem with how some ultra-Orthodox factions approach COVID
Several ultra-Orthodox factions have adamantly refused to cooperate with COVID prevention protocols. Many have refused to wear masks and have continued to meet at close quarters in study groups and congregate massively for celebrations and funerals, in direct contravention...
Feb 18, 2021, 11:26 PM
Long COVID Concerns – Another Reason to Consider Vaccination
Two arguments have been used to promote mass vaccination against COVID-19. The first is the necessity to confer immunity on as many people as possible, and especially on those who have a relevant health risk. The second is the...
Jan 14, 2021, 12:43 PM
When COVID-19 invaded our nursing home
I suspect that there are members of the public who, even today, still believe that the dangers of COVID-19 have been exaggerated. This reminds me of the story of several blind people asked to describe an elephant. The participant...
Dec 22, 2020, 7:40 AM
The Ongoing Cascade Effect of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
While much of the world is waiting on tenterhooks for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be administered en masse and hopefully work their magic, we are still reeling from the many dangers and harmful effects of COVID-19. Among the...
Dec 1, 2020, 1:15 AM
Ramifications of COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation
With shipments of vaccines just around the corner, it is time to speculate upon the implications of their implementation. Given that there are already two companies – Pfizer and Moderna –promoting vaccines with 95% efficacy, and a third, AstraZeneca, offering...
Nov 20, 2020, 7:36 AM
Personal Responsibility and the Spread of COVID-19
Why is it so difficult to contain the spread of COVID-19? This question has been discussed and written about almost ad nauseum. Permit me, nonetheless, to add my perspective. While, theoretically, there are many ways in which the virus can...
Nov 9, 2020, 11:10 PM
Learning to Live with the Pandemic
Aside from early in the pandemic, most nursing homes have not been invaded by COVID-19, even when the virus has run riot in nearby cities – and the question is why. Why is it that even when adjacent communities...
Sep 4, 2020, 3:24 PM
The day our nursing home stopped being COVID-19-free
We sealed off the home, curtailed visits by family members, and multidisciplinary team members like me switched to working remotely. But would it be enough?
Aug 20, 2020, 12:20 PM
We kept COVID-19 out of two nursing homes
Unfortunately, residents pay a price for the isolating measures that are keeping them alive, both in terms of how we provide care and how their families interact with them
Jim Shalom is a specialist in family medicine, with an interest in end-of-life care. He resides in Galilee.