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

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, 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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