Friday, October 16, 2020

On exiting the second lockdown in Israel, Gabi Barabash and Michael Osterholm are in sync

Gabi Barabash
Michael Osterholm

Gabi Barabash is apparently the only one in Israel who knows what he is doing. 100 new infections per day is 1 per 100 000 per day and that is the same number that the US epidemiologist  Michael Osterholm has been giving since August.

Former Health Ministry director-general Gabi Barabash, a frequent media commentator during the pandemic, on Friday criticized the decision to begin emerging from the lockdown next week.

“They shouldn’t have set the threshold to exit the lockdown at 2,000 cases a day. They should have put it far lower at dozens or between 100 and 200 because it’s much easier to control,” Barabash told 103FM Radio.   

Michael Osterholm in his NYT Op-Ed

“Once the number of new cases in those areas was driven to less than one per 100,000 people per day as a result of their lockdowns, limiting the increase of new cases was possible with a combination of testing, contact tracing, case isolation and extensive monitoring of positive tests.