Don’t Panic, Pt. 10: We Shall Be Released

Any day now, any day now,
I shall be released
— Bob Dylan

This will be the last in the “Don’t Panic” series (I hope!). Israel is opening up, and we’re slowly moving toward what will be the new normal.

Israel has twice as many people who have recovered from the virus (more than 11,000) than are ill (fewer than 5,000), and our new cases each day have been in the 10s. We’ve had very few deaths in the past week. The re-opening is happening in stages, and if the infection rates go up again, we can reverse into shutdown mode.

Masks are required outside our homes. In my area, I’d say about 50% are mask compliant. Another 35% are semi-compliant (masks not covering noses or having the mask available under the chin or over one ear). Jerusalemites have been desperate to get back to Mahane Yehuda, the open air market, and chose to wait in long lines in the heat to get in on the first day. It defeats the purpose of limiting the number of people in the market, but there’s no accounting for the human desire to shop at the shuk.

 

I went back to the office this week too. I’m taking the opportunity to walk to and from work instead of taking public transportation. [Read: Begone, damn pounds!] When I arrive at the office, I put on a glove to clock in. The guard takes my temperature with a scanner thermometer. We don’t touch each other and the thermometer never touches me. My temperature is recorded, and I head upstairs.

On the first day back, we had a staff meeting to go over new health precautions with everyone wearing masks and sitting at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart. Obviously our staff room isn’t that big, so all 30 or 40 of us were in the lobby of the building, and we had to set up a microphone so speakers could be heard. Not all of our staff have returned to work, but it was nice to see colleagues I haven’t seen for at least 6 weeks.

The nice thing about being out and about is really appreciating the flowers.

I took a walk along the railroad trail in celebration of my freedom.

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The frogs were out, but I wasn’t lucky enough to see one. Have a listen!

2 thoughts on “Don’t Panic, Pt. 10: We Shall Be Released

  1. It’s hard to believe that there are frog ponds where you live. How lovely. Beautiful flowers too.

    Thanks for telling us the names of books you enjoy and those which you are editing. Useful!

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  2. Jerusalem is dry, but it’s not a true desert. To put it in a WA state perspective: Jerusalem is just a little bit lower than Snoqualamie Pass. Undeveloped areas around here look a lot like the land between Yakima and Ellensburg, including the Yakima River Canyon – lots of dry with patches of wet. I don’t know if the frogs are native to the area, but I can say that this year is the first year I’ve seen so many snails in my garden.

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