Professor Ran Blitzer, from the plague treatment team at the Ministry of Health, answers the questions • The risk, treatment and significance of Israeli infection in Japan • Guide
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How could the Israelis get infected even though they were in isolation?
"It may be that they are infected before the insulation starts or that they are infected during, for example from a sick crew member passing between passengers."
Does this mean that the masks didn't help, or did the virus pass through the ventilation system?
"You can't tell. There are many hypotheses, but today there are still more question marks than cries for the spread of the virus. Most of the experts assume that the virus does not pass through the air but tiny droplets in the immediate range of the patient and in contact, but this is still uncertain. Normal masks do not prevent infection. They reduce the chances of a sick person wearing a mask infecting his or her environment. "
Is the step of isolation and closure to staying on board a proper practice?
"If the goal is to prevent the spread of the virus at all costs - yes. If the goal is to protect passengers as much as possible - there are other practices that could be considered. This is a first event of its kind and the choice was between bad and bad."
What treatment will the Israelis who receive to the hospital receive?
"There is no proven treatment for the virus. Easy patients will not be required for significant treatment. More difficult patients will receive supportive care that prevents the collapse of vital systems."
What is their risk of complication or mortality?
"At this time, there is no conclusive data. The mortality rate is less than 2%, but it may also turn out to be 10 times lower and similar to seasonal influenza. It will take an additional period of time to gather information on cases of morbidity outside of China to accurately estimate it. To the aggravating possibility. "
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Litzman promised that an Israeli who turns out to be a patient would be treated in Israel. Can they fly here?
"We are working with all the agencies and in coordination with the Japanese authorities, who are not currently releasing American patients as well. No action will be taken to jeopardize the Israeli public and passengers and do what is necessary."
What are the chances that we will report in the coming days that there are more Israelis infected?
"The prospect exists."
What is the risk to public health if they arrive in Israel?
"Anyone who does not suffer from the disease symptoms and is brought to the country under appropriate conditions, including isolation if required while traveling and after, does not pose a significant public health risk."