Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Know this about the newest Coronavirus

Uncertainty may give fear and panic. Much is not known about the new coronavirus because the Chinese dictators refuse to be transparent. Still, from what we know, we can say several reassuring things.

The virus is highly contiguous. It is very likely that many people the world over will be infected. However, most people will hardly get sick from it (but will likely pass the virus on). Those who will get sick, most of them will only get sick slightly (but might pass the virus on to people who may get very sick from it). So, globally, maybe a large number of people will die from it, but it seems that only a very small percentage will actually die.

In countries with a good health care system and a free press, expect that patients get excellent life-saving treatment. And also, that good isolation policies are being set up to slow down the epidemic. Your life may be in danger if you visit countries without good health care or a free press.

There are some reports that children are less affected.

It could be that you’ll be less sick if you got less virus into your body. So, even if you get infected, it will help to get as little infected as possible.

There are two ways to get infected: breathing it in and touching the virus and then touching the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose or mouth.

It seems impossible not to get the virus on your fingertips eventually (button in the bus, door handles, handshakes, money), but you can wash your hands with soap every time before you touch your face or eat. And insist no one sneezes in your face. Don’t eat food that others prepared unless you know they washed their hands with soap before.

If you need to self-quarantine (which is now 2 weeks but could become 4 weeks), follow instructions to the T. (If you hold that no one should tell you what to do, Israel awards that behavior now with 7 years imprisonment.) The largest chance is that now you weren’t infected yet. But if you were, the largest chance is that you won’t get sick. But if you do, the largest chance is that you got sick from another virus. But if you did, the largest chance is that you only be mildly sick. But, even if you’ll end up seriously sick, the largest chance is that you’ll fully recover. After which you may be immune and maybe your anti-bodies can save other people.

Help your immune system: eat well and sleep enough. Avoid crowds, air travel, and close contact with air travelers (airbnb).

This epidemic may die down with the passing of winter (just like influenza often does) but we don’t know yet. So, trying to delay getting infected may get you off the hook.

It’s likely that the epidemic will have enormous economic results: slowed Chinese production and tourism and disruption of society. International isolation and popular revolts can be expected too. But it will all pass.

If you say and think that G^d or Fate decide when you die so that you don’t need to take preventative steps but you do look both ways when you cross the street, the actual reason for your unwise passivity is just laziness.

Be smart, optimistic, and not fatalistic. Get serious information and ignore sensation, drama, and the rumor mill. Don’t trust anything dictatorial regimes say about the epidemic. Just stay alive. Dying is so 2019.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. * His newest books you may find here:
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