MARCH 26, 2020
Thoughts from a health officer / physician / Kehilla member during this time
From Ori Tzvieli, MD:
As a deputy health officer for Contra Costa county, I am frequently in conversations on how to slow the spread of the epidemic and “flatten the curve”. I firmly believe that staying home and limiting our physical contact with others will help our society get through this with fewer deaths. We should all do our best to limit our contacts and stay within a limited “germ pool”. Not all of us can do that, and I know many still working and having contact with a larger pool are doing so with a heavy heart and worry that we might be putting strangers, ourselves or our loved ones at risk. These choices are hard, often pitting our financial needs or sense of service against the instinct for preservation and protection.
It’s also clear that this new way of living, even if temporary, causes real suffering and loss. Human touch and contact is important for us as humans – we are social animals. We yearn for contact. The endorphins and heart connections are important to both our mental and physical health. It’s important to keep some of that in your life as well. We don’t know how long we will need to do these “social distancing” measures, it may be a few weeks or even a few months. That uncertainty make the new reality even harder to bear.
So here is my best advice: Eat well. Drink tea. Try to get enough sleep and exercise if you can. Spend extra time with your loved ones. Find your physical intimacy circle and stick to it as much as possible, but once within, don’t be afraid to hug and touch. Try to stay away from people you know are particularly at risk for the sake of their health (over 60 and those with chronic disease). If you are sick don’t go to work or school. If you need to stay home from work stay home. Find the beauty in these slower days of Spring. Check in with friends who may find themselves isolated. Learn to love Zoom and also turn it off some times. if you would like some help with advice from a medical perspective I, and a number of other health care professionals in our community would be happy to provide informal advice. Please contact Catherine Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCH 19, 2020
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
MARCH 16, 2020
The Alameda County Public Health Department announced new recommendations and guidance intended to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our community and protect the most vulnerable among us from severe illness.
For at least the next three weeks, we will be meeting only remotely, not in person. Please continue to be in touch with us about your needs, your health and well-being. We’re organizing ways for our members to stay connected to each other and to Kehilla during this time.
Sending love and blessings for health and strength.