Israel has taken some of the strongest measures in the world against the spread of Coronavirus within its borders.
That has included banning non-Israelis who have visited China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or Thailand in the past 2 weeks and quarantining Israelis who visited those countries.
Today the country warned its citizens to refrain from all travel out of the country unless there is a genuine need to fly abroad.
Additionally, Israel announced that it would start quarantining Israeli citizens returning from Italy for 2 weeks starting on Sunday. Presumably non-Israelis who have been to Italy will be turned away from entry. El Al has cancelled their flight to and from Milan tomorrow and more cancellations are likely.
Will Israel close its borders completely in response to a global pandemic? It seems like that’s a strong possibility given how they have reacted so far.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking if 2/3rds of the planet would be infected and now the CDC says a US outbreak is a question of when, not if and that disruption to everyday life may be severe.
If Israel manages to avoid that fate it would be impressive.
For Americans, it seems like stocking up on shelf-stable food and N95 masks may be a wise move at this point, though unfortunately N95 masks won’t work properly if you have a beard.
How are you preparing for coronavirus and will you freeze your travel plans?