Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Corona War Exit Strategy

The US learned in Vietnam that for every war you get yourself into, you need to have an exit strategy — or you’ll stay in it forever. The war against the coronavirus pandemic no different.

Also, many people are sick (and nervous) about the apparent endlessness and hopelessness of this worldwide epidemic.

So, what’s the endgame?

First, people must keep so much distance that the number of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths goes down drastically. (This under abundant testing. Because if you don’t test a lot, you don’t know if the rate of infection really is going down.) Or for areas where it never went up: stays very low. (NB: If numbers still are skyrocketing despite social distancing, that could be from doing more tests. You now see how bad it really was. It doesn’t mean that the distancing doesn’t work.)

Then you need to do mass tasting. This to find the still sick, trace their contacts and isolate them.

And then you can cautiously reopen the economy. (You can only do that when you’re mass testing.)

That’s really all that there is to it.

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However, you need to keep a certain amount of social distancing for the time being until this virus stops being around or until people are vaccinated (if a vaccine is found). Also, the discovery of medicine that works in every case (as with AIDS) would help to ease restrictions.

However, there are no guarantees that such vaccines or medicine cocktails will ever be found. With AIDS, it took decades to find medication, with other viruses, they are none.

Almost all experts see as highly implausible the rumors from China that people can get reinfected once they healed. Don’t forget that the Chinese cannot freely speak. It seems that their tests and the emergency ones the US made aren’t as good as the German ones that the WHO recommended from the start. So, many Chinese declared cured, in fact, may not have been. Also, in any dictatorship, truth may be a rare commodity in the public sphere and life of the common citizen can be cheap.

Many people have lost their jobs but many will get the same positions back quickly.

Many small businesses may need help for a restart but capitalist society will be very happy to provide.

Citizens will quickly start buying and hiring what got behind. Hairdressers will be very busy and so will retail. Teachers and kids will return to school. Backlog non-urgent medical treatment will come up. Depleted anything in the house will be bought finally. This will jumpstart the economy by which money will be available to support everyone — vicious cycle up.

Some sectors of society may lie still for some years, though. For Israel, tourism is important. There will be no entry allowed from hotspots for a long time. Airplanes may start flying again but be prepared to see, for a few years, mainly people from countries that blocked the spread of the virus from the start, like Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea, Austria.

Therapists will be very busy. There will be much mourning, many relationship troubles, and despair. Suicide prevention is important too. Know that generally, people try to take their lives because they see no hope anymore or because they want their pain to stop (not from trauma). You help them by listening to them and believing how much they suffer and telling them that still it will look much better in half a year. Dieting may also become a hot topic after lockdown.

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Yes, we can. And we must. The climate change challenge is awaiting us. World hunger. Refugees. For those who like to be busy, a good time is coming.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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