Israel’s “Corona Guardians” Take to the Streets
Vast volunteer force will help break the chain of infection
In light of the increase in Corona cases, Magen David Adom is launching a “corona guardians” project in which the organization trains the public to learn how the virus works and cut off the chain of infections among their family, friends, coworkers, and other places. In addition, the organization’s youth volunteers were trained to assist the public by handing out masks, spreading information, and teaching them to take responsibility.
“As part of the project, we invite the public to learn free of charge in a short online course on the coronavirus. The course also teaches the public to reduce and keep track of exposures, which assists in the epidemiological investigation in case of an infection,” explains Dr. Eli Yaffe, MDA Deputy Director General-Community. “In addition, MDA’s youth volunteers have been distributing masks to the public and helping them learn about the pandemic and prevention methods to raise public awareness and help break the cycle of infections.”
As part of the program, the new Corona Guardians learn about the virus and the ways of infection and avoidance, while emphasizing the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing. Those who complete the training will keep a personal diary in which they will record their interactions during the last 14 days, with the aim of interrupting the cycle of infection and significantly reducing the cases of exposure to the virus in case of infection.
Today, if a person does not feel well, he goes to the doctor, waits for an appointment, is sent for a corona test, waits for the results, and only then, when the result is positive does the epidemiological investigation begin. The diary kept by the Corona Guardians is intended to reduce the cycle of infection, and if necessary, will help to update quickly, immediately and effectively all those people to whom the patient has been exposed in the last 14 days.
In addition, Corona Guardians will teach in educational settings and community days for the public about the importance of adhering to the guidelines. In the initial phase, dozens of MDA volunteers joined the project to serve as “Tav Sagol” instructors who are in the community and help raise awareness of the precautions and dangers.
Adi Raanan (17), a youth volunteer from MDA’s Jerusalem Region who participates in the project:
“Recently, we have been holding a lot of activities aiming to prevent the cycle of infection at the height of the second wave. We learn about the virus as much as possible in order to teach the public who are very naturally stressed as much knowledge as possible. We are here to explain, raise awareness and help. Even if I am not on duty on the ambulance and saving lives directly – I feel that through advocacy I do it in a different way, through mission, guidance and advocacy. People receive our service in a beautiful and respectful way and use us to break the cycle of infection and be healthier.”
MDA Director General Eli Bin:
“Magen David Adom has engraved on its banner to fight the spread of the corona virus and work to prevent the chain of infection. Together, hand in hand with the general public and while raising awareness – we will work against the corona virus, in order to drastically reduce the number the infections.”