The end of the pandemic is in sight in Israel. But don’t let your guard down. On the contrary: intensify your adherence to the simple rules:
- Keep your distance.
- Meet indoors as shortly and with as little number of people you don’t live with.
- Wear your mask, also over your nose. Wearing a mask is not instead of keeping your distance. You need to do both.
- Also when you go outside ‘for two minutes.’ One sneeze can be a killer. Sometimes, two minutes turn into much longer.
Why extra cautious?
1. The virus is as deadly as a month ago. The vaccination may prevent getting infected but until you are immune, the virus is still as dangerous.
2. Many will confuse preventability with curability. There is still hardly any cure. When others are more lax, tighten up the security on your end. (It’s true, only a small percentage of people infected die, and most people do not seem to get long-term illness from it. But if you had such chances of dying or getting badly sick from crossing a certain road, would you do it?)
3. More and more people are tired of being careful. (“Nothing happened — have I been careful for nothing?”) If you feel depressed, remind yourself that it will get better. Make sure you’re there to enjoy it.
4. Sometimes, people get killed in a war, the day before peace came. Like, to drown in sight of the harbor. Isn’t that extra tragic? Don’t get infected or infect others with a maiming and murderous virus the day before you’d get your final immunization shot.
5. When it gets colder, more events will be held inside. Postpone when possible. Hang in there, one, two, three months more. Not so bad.
6. Your example may make others laugh in derision but it may also inspire others to save their lives and the lives of others.
If today, this week, this month, all you did was to not kill or maim anyone including yourself, it was time well-spent.
Look forward to your health fund calling you to get your shot. And the sheer announcement of your excitement with it may also inspire others.
Just like a record percentage of Israeli took the flu vaccine this year.