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

How not to die from the newest coronavirus

Trying to survive this virus or any illness is as straightforward as trying not to die in traffic. One needs to educate oneself, use one’s brains, and act.

Small-scale things we personally can do:

1. Don’t panic; think! Vaccination is likely at least a year away. If ‘only’ 10% in your country would die, how many are that? This is no small matter to ignore. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best, and protect yourselves.

2. Tell everyone around you to sneeze in their hands and not around them.

3. After you may have touched anything someone else may have touched, do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth, no matter how much they itch.

(This is an old established rout(in)e for these viruses to enter. This we see in cats already after being stroked by a new person. They lick the hairs touched by the stranger and then lick their paws and rub their noses to internalize the smell. Eons ago, we enormously benefitted from taking in microscopic bodies (mitochondrion). Although evolution has not given up on this, we can safely say it has outlived (pun not intended) its usefulness. From now on, we should stop giving accommodation to any microbe.)

4. Pray. Not because it’s hopeless but because we don’t have guarantees. Also, pray for others who have less information or healthcare.

A few of the dangers we need to pressure our politicians about:

1. Dictatorships like China endanger the whole world by trying to cover up any outbreak of illness like we saw with AIDS in many states. Democracy with a free press everywhere will enhance everyone’s survival chances.

2. The WHO not calling a global emergency after in a month over 2,000 people infected in a dozen countries and dozens died. This shows how dysfunctional bureaucratic health organizations are. Are these murderers waiting until we have deaths in all countries before calling an emergency?

3. People who suspect to be infected should NOT go to hospitals to be checked, as is done now. They’ll infect everyone on their way and in the hospital! Stay at home and you should be checked by a team there.

4. Worldwide, many still eat meat, but eating any animal not domesticated centuries ago (endangering millions) should be made a capital crime.

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 (, 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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