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

Similarities and differences between the COVID-19 pandemic and the AIDS epidemic

Some parallels are striking. Other points are strikingly different.

The AIDS epidemic only became real for most Americans when the professional artist, the first fake-it-till-you-make-it president, Ronald Reagan told America he had called his Hollywood colleague Ron Hudson, practically on his deathbed from AIDS. The real president was Nancy, his wife, who cut their closeted homosexual friend loose once it/he came out.

The COVID-19 pandemic, only became real for the US president, when the professional con artist, the second fake-it-till-you-make-it president, Donald Trump told America he had called his Manhattan real-estate mogul colleague Stanley Chera, practically on his deathbed from COVID-19. His friend was a Syrian Jewish-American and Trump felt friendly toward Jews.


The AIDS-virus was not as contagious as the Flu. You had to have blood-contact with an infected person to get it. Getting infected was a death sentence. It took decades to find medication that would stop the infection and even prevent it. A vaccine was never found. Tens of millions of people died from it. Mostly younger people — the sexually active. Human survival was never threatened as it spared couples if both were practicing safe sex.

The COVID-19-virus was not as contagious as the Flu. You had to have close air-contact or shake hands (or consecutively touch — doorknob) with an infected person to get it. Getting infected gave you an 80%-99% chance at healing depending on age, health, and the available quality of medical care. As of now, it is unclear when and if medication to stop the infection and even prevent it, will ever be found. Vaccine, same story. So far, over a hundred thousand have died from it. Mostly, the elderly and frail. Human survival was never threatened as it would kill maximally 5% of all people.


Initially baptized a Gay disease, having it, was a scandal to many. Straights often felt immune (they weren’t). The dying were shunned, cared for by Lesbians. Research started only after GLT demonstrations turned violent.

Initially called a danger to the old, having it, evoked much empathy. The young often felt immune (they weren’t). The elderly were inundated with attention. Research directly started on an unprecedented worldwide scale.


Whole communities were killed. Especially in San Francisco and New York. Sometimes there was no one to go to the funeral. The gay Gay life ended.

At some times, diseased were buried in mass graves. Especially in New York. Most people were not allowed to go to the funeral. Public life ended.


Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke with Fox News and emphasized that you should not compare AIDS and COVID-19. He’s not a linguist but the media should have translated his statement into what he meant: That you shouldn’t confuse the two. Comparing is simply excellent because then you can both find similarities and glaring differences. As I demonstrated above.

The last paragraph was added on April 17, 2020.

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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