As our lives are interrupted by a deadly virus, we will keep posting deals to keep everyone’s shelves stocked without needing to leave the house. However as I’ve been doing in the past, I’ll also be keeping readers updated with coronavirus coverage as it disrupts our normal daily routine.
My brother JJ’s father-in-law wrote a great op-ed yesterday on COVID-19 and I hope that he will write more for us in the future.
As countries around the world go into lockdown and as schools are cancelled, let’s keep in mind that we’re being asked to sit on our couches at home and avoid spreading the virus. That’s certainly easier than the wars our parents, grandparents, and great-parents fought in the 20th century.
As noted above, the main thing is not to panic, but to take precautions.
Here are COVID-19 news stories that have caught my eye:
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LOT Polish, Air Baltic, and La Compagnie are suspending operations
Poland is banning foreigners from entering the country for at least 2 weeks and in turn Lot Polish has cancelled all flights until at least March 29th.
Cancellations will be extended if Poland’s quarantine is extended.
Air Baltic has also suspended operations until at least April 14.
La Compagnie has suspended operations until at least April 12.
The US is adding countries to the Europe Travel Ban
The US announced that they will add the UK and Ireland to the travel ban on Monday at 11:59pm. US residents will still be allowed to fly home, if they return quickly to beat the flight cancellations.
Rumors also have the US adding more countries and possibly even some domestic flights from hard-hit states to the ban. If you need to fly somewhere, you’ll want to do so ASAP.
Israel is locking down non-essential activities
Israel has ordered schools, daycares, hotels, restaurants, coffee houses, wedding halls, malls, gyms, and all leisure activities closed indefinitely. PM Netanyahu warned this may be for weeks or even months and that people will have to adjust to a new way of life.
Gatherings over 10 people are banned.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, and essential services will remain open.
Netanyahu also said that he plans to use technology and cell phone tracking to track people violating quarantine.
JetBlue Bans Coronavirus Passenger For Life
A passenger flying on JetBlue from JFK to West Palm Beach learned in midair that he tested positive for coronavirus. He told the crew about the test result after landing.
Remember folks, if you think you have coronavirus, be sure to self-quarantine!
The UK may order people 70+ to self-isolate for 4 months, Won’t close schools; Should other countries change their approach?
Coronavirus is most deadly for senior citizens with weaker immune systems.
Reportedly, the UK will soon order those who are over 70 to self-isolate for 4 months. The hope is to avoid the spread of coronavirus to those most vulnerable to it.
They plan to keep schools open.
Is the UK approach the correct one?
My kids will have no school for at least the next month, perhaps much longer.
The US approach is to flatten the curve and drag COVID-19 out as long as possible in order to save lives. By stopping peak hospital demand, more people will survive.
But perhaps the US and other countries should be quarantining the elderly and allow younger people to go about their lives as normal? Would the virus burn itself out and eventually the world would become safe again for the elderly without the need for a lengthy worldwide lockdown?
Countries around the world are going into lockdown
The world’s eyes are on Italy, where confirmed COVID-19 cases have spiked to 21,157 and deaths to 1,441.
They locked down the country and the question is will it be enough to stem the tide, or do countries need to implement China style lockdowns to stop COVID-19 from spiraling out of control?
Spain is now on lockdown, France is ordering non-essential stores to close, and Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, and other countries are banning foreigners as well.
After Argentina’s ban on Americans, US airlines are suspending flights there.
You can travel with larger bottles of hand santizer through TSA
The TSA announced that you can now travel with bottles that have up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer.
It’s nice to see that rolled back during COVID-19, though it would also be great if we can travel with our own water too…
President Trump has tested negative for Coronavirus
That comes after he was in contact with several people who have tested positive.
World leaders are often older, which puts them more at risk of complications from coronavirus. The wives of the Spanish and Canadian Prime Ministers have tested positive for coronavirus.
Will Elective Surgeries Be Suspended?
The US Surgeon general is advising that hospitals stopped performing elective surgery in order to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections:
Will you suspend any elective surgeries?
Resellers with massive stocks of hand sanitizer and masks are finding them hard to sell
Many opportunists are stocking up on cases of essentials like hand sanitizer and N95 masks.
Online retailers like eBay and Amazon aren’t allowing sales on those items due to price gouging, leaving the stockpilers high and dry.
Please Stop The COVID-19 Preparation Emails…
Oh sweet, I was wondering how every corporation I've ever given my email to was handling COVID-19.
— Jason Mustian (@jasonmustian) March 13, 2020
Should Shuls and Places of Worship Close?
I was able to daven in a small shul this Shabbos, but I wonder what the coming weeks will bring.
What do you think should be done?
What are your thoughts on these stories and what other COVID-19 articles caught your eye?