Our health-care system received an overall failing grade despite the fact that we weren’t even properly tested on our worst subject.
The increased risk is due to the virus replicating faster with a shorter incubation period leading to a higher viral load in an infected person.
For more than 20 years now, the Israeli health care system has been fully digitized. That means all your health information is stored digitally and whenever you present at a doctor’s office, the hospital, or an after-hours clinic, the staff have instant access to your full medical history.
For now disease levels are low in North America, vaccines remain highly effective against all VOCs and boosters are not yet necessary except possibly for those at highest risk.
The government stepped up to create health care capacity to fight COVID-19. And though that was completely necessary, it has led to a severe surgical and diagnostic backlog in a system that was already under strain.
Vaccine hesitancy has been increased by the belief that healthy people who get infected will only feel like they got the flu. However, it is important to remember that even those with mild symptoms may develop long-haul COVID symptoms, which can be debilitating.
Yes, Israel is geographically smaller than Canada. But that is not why the vaccine drive has been so successful here and quite the opposite there.
Can the lure of lottery cash and incentives inject enough enthusiasm to motivate the still-hesitant to line up for their shot? Or are these just stunts that miss the point entirely?
While the primary intent was vaccine nationalism and guaranteed early U.S. access, the vaccine development facilitated by Operation Warp Speed has already saved millions of lives worldwide.
Why did Taiwan perform better than the U.S. on COVID-19? Why did New Zealand surpass the U.K.? There may be a simple explanation.