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‘Keep Coronavirus Out of 770’

With the number of those with Coronavirus in New York increasing to 105 as of Sunday, a sign at the main shul of 770 Eastern Parkway implored with those coming to daven, "Don't let 770 be next." Full Story

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Don’t underestimate this
March 8, 2020 2:49 pm

There is talk out there that this is exaggerated, and is no worse than the
Flu. Now, yes, let’s daven and hope that this so. However, the numbers
they keep putting out are consistent with the death rate from this being
approximately 1 in 40, whereas from the flu, the rate is like 1 in hundreds.
Until the numbers get updated to reflect better outcomes, better to err on
the side of caution.

No need to state the obvious but..
Reply to  Don’t underestimate this
March 8, 2020 3:41 pm

Presumably thats why they put the sign up…

Made up numbers
Reply to  Don’t underestimate this
March 8, 2020 3:51 pm

1 in 40?! Are you crazy?
The high end of estimates is 3-4%
The low end estimates (based on the fact that a lot more people have it than those being tested for it) is below 0.1%

Don’t be a fear monger and do the 3 things jews do best in times of tzaros:
These are all in character of Purim!

1 in 40 = 2.5%
Reply to  Made up numbers
March 8, 2020 7:01 pm

1 in 40 is 2.5÷, which is far less than what you wrote as a “high-end estimate”. 🤔

Missed the point
Reply to  1 in 40 = 2.5%
March 8, 2020 11:15 pm

And yet my point wasn’t that it is 3.5%….
My point was that there shouldn’t be fear mongering since the real number is likely ~0.1%

But sure, go focus on what you felt was my deficiency in basic math – but only if it makes you happy 🙂

Obviously it can’t be stressed enough that elderly and sock people shouldn’t be rubbing shoulders with travelers etc but the panic that’s being spread is not warranted.

A freilichin Purim!
Stay safe!

March 8, 2020 2:50 pm

Being that it’s a worldwide epidemic I think it’s time for the rabbis around the world to get together and get everyone to recite psalms.

Happiness breaks boundaries
March 8, 2020 3:04 pm

Simcha poretz geder! Purim celebrations and mivtzoim should increase.
Spread simcha’s Purim!

Hand sanatizing stations
March 8, 2020 3:46 pm

As well as washing hands, 770 mand all communal places need many
hand sanatizing omachines all over.

770 needs to be disinfected
March 8, 2020 5:08 pm

770 needs to be disinfected regularly and hand hand sanitizers need to be installed. 770 should not just be cleaned for pesach but disinfected as well

Soap needed
March 8, 2020 5:23 pm

There also needs to be handsoap available for this sign to be effective:)

The place needs to be cleaned
March 8, 2020 6:48 pm

770 needs to be cleaned out once and for all.

ונהפוף הוא
March 8, 2020 6:51 pm


Purim is a time that we can achieve unbelievable things.
We all saw how the Rebbe made miracles on Purim.
We all have the Koach to change the world. Let’s make lechaim and demand from the Aibershter to cancel all the bad decrees and bring Moshiach ASAP.

You must wash hands with HOT WATER
March 8, 2020 6:58 pm

and soap for at least 20 seconds to actually kill any germs. Chevra – NY is a very dirty place – the trains especially. Amazing to me that hand-washing is not yet a normal part of everyone’s life !! This should be stressed in schools & yeshivas. Please teach your children and your guests basic hygiene, as the RamBam taught centuries ago.

The lady section is a storage.
March 8, 2020 7:07 pm

Did you see under the benches the storage.in every room.
No one care.
There is food. Clothe.books.
And more.
Brings germs to shul.
Please do something

Reply to  The lady section is a storage.
March 8, 2020 8:33 pm

The gabaim have tried . I have seen this with my own eyes . They try to clean up , throw the things away , lock the doors at night but they are dealing with bigger forces . Another point I must mention , do not bring your junk to dump in 770!!! I see people dumping shaimos, old linen , shoes . It’s disgusting and highly disrespectful!

"bigger forces" !?
Reply to  Resident
March 11, 2020 4:22 pm

We need the right people to deal with that…770 is not a free for all!!!

You're wrong! It is not 1 in 40
March 9, 2020 3:15 pm

Okay, see the numbers coming from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html Total cases: 423 Total deaths: 19 States reporting cases: 35 (includes District of Columbia) So, 19/423 is approx. 1 in 22! Now, let’s play with the numbers. Okay, let’s say there were more cases than they presumed. Total hypothetical cases: 1000 Total deaths: 20 So, that’s 1 in 50. Much more than the ordinary flu. Total hypothetical cases: 2000 Total deaths: 20 So, that’s 1 in 100. Still more than the ordinary flu, which is 6/4500 which approximates to 1/750 See: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/index.html CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9… Read more »

You are still missing the point.
Reply to  You're wrong! It is not 1 in 40
March 11, 2020 10:53 am

Teshuvah, Tephilla, U’Tzodakka are what we need to focus on. Not fearmongering.

Not missing the point totally
March 11, 2020 12:05 pm

Of course the three T’s (Teshuva, Tephilla and Tzedaka) are vital. That’s preventing things from getting worse, and will lead, BE”H, to a cure, treatment, vaccine, etc. Ideally, it should just disappear on its own.

# Ts S (Sekhel)
Reply to  Not missing the point totally
March 14, 2020 8:45 pm

are not mutually exclusive.
Nobody says don’t daven, don’t repent, don’t give tsedaka. Do ALL that. And also wash your hands carefully, stay away from large gatherings, avoid uneccessary contact, don’t touch your face– don’t share the same utensil —so many shul kiddishes I go to evenb4 coronovirus scar/COVID19 I see Yidden just use their own utensils that were in their mouths as serving spoons for the chulent–STOP THAT! germs are REAL!, nd be aware of these REAL statistics/

Teshuvah, Teffilah, Tzedaka
March 12, 2020 11:52 am

Everyone please pray for this terrible virus, to go away. It is cancelling many important events, things that people have been working on for a long time. For example, the JLI Israel Retreat has been cancelled, due to the coronavirus. And also the JewQ. Hebrew School kids around the world have been studying for months to go to this exciting event. And now that it is cancelled, they are no longer getting a reward as big as they deserve. Also, the directors of the Chidon Sefer Hamitvos Shabbaton are still deciding if they will cancel or not. Very unfortunate for… Read more »