The Doctor Is Out!

So one huge downside to this Coronavirus shutdown is that you can barely get any help for other medical conditions or elective surgeries. 


I just heard this morning from a relative about family members that can’t get shots they need for pain control or surgeries for breathing problems.


Everything now is COVID-19.


That’s the priority (maybe all of the top ten priorities)!


But does it really make sense to completely triage COVID-19 above Cancer, Heart Disease, Respiratory Disease, Strokes, Alzheimers, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Parkinson’s, and more. 


Coronavirus patients are who the hospital and ICU beds are for now. 


And the respirators. 


The testing. 


The new research dollars. 


Perhaps, the global medical community has gone a little Coronavirus crazy, extreme, radical, overboard in their singular focus, panic, and chaos over just one virus to the exclusion of everything else!


Apparently, our totally “overwhelmed” medical system can’t “walk and chew gum at the same time.”


Certainly, we have a lot to be grateful for to the dedicated and selfless doctors and nurses in the medical community for everything they are doing to help people with Coronavirus under very trying circumstances.


The problem is that in the meantime, people that have new or other chronic conditions are being left out and sometimes to rot. 


Unless of course you are a big fan of telemedicine, which may be good to get something routine looked after, but something major, and I think you’re in big trouble. 


After this Coronavirus (assuming there is an after), there is going to be a lot of pent up demand for medical care. 


I think a lot of people are suffering now with conditions that they were waiting to take care of until they were absolutely necessary, but unfortunately when it became necessary, then the care was not there. 


Makes you wonder whether and when you should do or put off medical procedures in the future: just because the care is there “today,” doesn’t mean it will be there tomorrow. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Count Your Blessings

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Count Your Blessings.”

I just wanted to share a short reflection with everything going on in the world these days with coronavirus and the economic shutdown: I see people are scared and confused, under lockdown and feeling financial strain, and many are getting sick and dying. But I remember the words of my dear father who used to say: “Count Your Blessings!” And he was so right. There are so many things, literally every moment of every day, for us to be grateful for:


Certainly, we all face extreme difficulties or challenges at times in our lives, but things can always be so much worse, and there is still so much for us to be grateful for. Therefore, truly thank you G-d with a hundred blessings—and more—for every moment of every precious day. And we affirm that surely the L-rd who created us will continue to sustain us, and that ultimately all will be for the good.


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Free COVID-19 Cure

This sign was just too great. 


Advertisement with the little slips at the bottom to tear off. 

Free Cure for COVID-19.
Please take an information strip below

And what do the strips say:

Stay the F**K at home


I wonder why no one took any of the strips? LOL


Like every meaningful issue, we have people on both sides of the aisle fighting it out what is the right thing to do. 


And when it comes to life and liberty, passions certainly run high. 😉


(Credit Photo to my son-in-law Itzchak for sharing this with me from his friend in California)

Coronavirus: A Modern Leprosy

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “Coronavirus: A Modern Leprosy.”

What an interesting time this week during the coronavirus for my bar-mitzvah parshas of Tazria and Metzora, where we learn about how to handle someone with the plague of leprosy…What’s fascinating though for our times is that right here in the Torah, long before medical science understood germs, washing of hands, and disinfectants, we have the first instruction on quarantining someone who is sick. The person with leprosy is deemed impure and is put outside the camp in quarantine, repeatedly checked (e.g. tested) by the Kohen, until they are healed, at which time they are purified before being allowed back in. What we don’t see with leprosy is that the whole community is put in a state of quasi quarantine as we are doing now globally with the coronavirus.


In the end, I see this coronavirus blowing up with some people forever anxious and germophobic and others becoming complacent and careless about the whole thing. Either way there will be more sick and dying people, as well as anger at the system that over time repeatedly failed us. This week’s parsha is a good reminder to go back to the ultimate wisdom of the Torah and read again how we handle the leper and manage with a thoughtful risk-based management approach and an eye on the ultimate purity—physically and spiritually—of the individual and the community.

(Free Photo via Pixabay)

The Covid-19 Graph — No One Wants To Confront

This is the Coronavirus chart that I don’t think anyone wants us to confront. 


Rather than the typical chart we are shown with one high and then it tapers off and all is well…


There could be scenarios where there are multiple curves and peaks. 


For example, if we send people back out to (work, school, etc.) and stop the social distancing too early–while there are still Coronavirus carriers around us and we don’t have an effective vaccine–then the contagion can start all over again. 


Further, even with a vaccine, if the virus mutates (and could become more virulent) then this infection can go on spreading and killing with multiple peaks. 


In short, this is the chart that speaks to cases where businesses are closed and people out of work much longer than expected, and where the recession takes hold and does some potentially real and lasting damage above and beyond what’s perhaps already priced in. 


Again, let’s hope and pray that we don’t stop the social distancing prematurely and that our doctors and scientists get the vaccine for us sooner rather than later. 


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

Those Were Different Days

Wow, those were different days…


When the stores still had stuff on the shelves. 


And you could go in without waiting outside for half an hour for social distancing. 

With everyone wearing protective masks and obsessively washing their hands, so please G-d not to get sick. 


Then we were happy!


Now we are all just scared. 


Even if some people are pretending they aren’t.  


It’s more what we still don’t know then what we do. 


And how things can unravel so quickly.


Makes us all appreciate what we had, and hopefully what we’ll have again. 


Shabbat Shalom!  😉


( Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Enough! Coronavirus Already

Day G-d’s knows what of being locked down for this global Coronavirus outbreak. 


I am soooo SICK of Coronavirus!


It’s time to slay this Covid-19 and get this world back to normal. 


Sure, I am extremely grateful for every day of health and certainly not to be in the lousy hospital.


But life has got to be about more than Coronavirus. 


It’s not Armageddon, but slow water torture or death by a thousand cuts. 


The repetitiveness is mind-numbing, repulsive already. 


The news is boring, snoring everyone to tears. 


The fear is morphing into unintended complacency.


The “rescue plan” everyone knows is more pork barrel politics.


The wild gyrations of the stock market is nonstop ticker tape Vegas style. 


Even the grocery and toilet paper hoarding has got to have an end in sight.


It’s not that Coronavirus isn’t serious and important, but what about everything else in the world.


Can we start to give some attention to life again? 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

3 Months of Social Distancing

Here is a link to the modeling for Covid-19:

https://covidactnow.org/


You can click any state to see the impact of 3 months of social distancing or 3-months of Shelter in Place.


Basically, it looks like this first round of coronavirus will last until around the beginning of June. 


The hope is that we can keep the hospitals and medical system from being overwhelmed while we try to come up and test an effective vaccine. 


Of course, vaccines are helpful, but look how many still get the flu every year because viruses mutate and the vaccine misses the mark.


Also, there is a risk that the virus comes back even more virulent again, so we all need to continue to pray! 😉


(Thank you to my sister for sharing this with me.)

Life In The Times of Coronavirus

I heard my daughter laughing from another room.


A real hearty bellyaching laugh. 


Then she came in and shared a WhatsApp post from one of her friends which said:

I ate 11 times and took 5 naps and I woke up and it’s still today!

Then I couldn’t stop laughing. 😉


(Credit Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

Trying To Maintain Normality


People are trying to get out of the house for just a little bit each day amidst the mandated social distancing. 



Especially difficult is to try to get some exercise with all the fitness centers, gyms, and pools closed down. 



Some people are just choosing to go for a walk around the track or get in a quick workout with a few friends or family members. 



Can we be normal when everything is abnormal? 😉



(Credit Video: Andy Blumenthal)