Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Speculation: Who gets the most-serious coronavirus infections?

First of all, it must be noticed that the new coronavirus sometimes works as Russian roulette. It even kills people in an instant who were not in any high-risk group — also not in hindsight. This might be because it may give lumps in the bloodstream which can block vital arteries to heart or brain.

This can be compared to the poliovirus. Most unvaccinated kids infected won’t notice a thing, a minority will get some diarrhea, and only a tiny percentage gets life-long paralysis. Enough reason to vaccinate all kids.

But besides that, much speculation has been going on about corona. One question is: who are most at risk of getting seriously ill. Most people don’t.

This is not the same as who has the greatest danger to die from it. In that plays also a role, the condition you are in. Many chronically ill or frailer patients obviously are more in mortal danger.


No, I just want to look at who gets seriously sick and may have a hard time getting back to health. There is a parallel to this too.

My father was a pulmonologist specialized in tuberculosis. He worked in a sanatorium for TB patients under the patronage of one of the greatest physicians in this area in the Netherlands. And this, my late dad told me.

At first, there were dozens of theories about why certain people got extra sick with TBC. They varied from city life with its supposedly bad air to ‘genetic weakness.’ So many theories showed that we didn’t have a clue. Then the antibiotics came to kill off the bacterium. Then it became clear.

The severity was only given by the intake. The more bugs one inhaled, the sicker one got, the longer and more intense the antibiotics cure had to be.


Well, corona too, is mainly an air-born disease. And also for this germ, it seems that the more viral particles inhaled, the worst the prognosis.

  • Healthy health workers noticeably dropped dead in great percentages. In a long workday, they got a heavy viral load.
  • Young athletes in top condition still got very sick.
  • Heavy breathers, heart/lung patients/smokers seem disadvantaged.

These are all people who take in a lot of potentially infested air.


I’m not saying there’s proof for this. Rather, this should be researched. Yet, this suspicion should caution us against breathing a lot in closed areas or close to others, or/and being close to heavy breathers (runners, singers).

Even if vaccinated/recovered from it. Because that protects against dying, not necessarily against getting ill or spreading the virus. It’s great not to be in mortal danger but you don’t want to sicken or kill someone else. And, while the virus circulates, mutations may happen that could endanger all.

Here is the latest corona science from a superb reporter. Read it.

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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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