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Two brothers from the Dutch village of Beek en Donk were 29 and 31 years old when Corona hit them hard. At the first peek of the pandemic in the Netherlands, they were proof that COVID-19 did not only affect the elderly. The brothers ended up in intensive care, where they were kept in an artificial coma. The eldest eventually managed to survive, the youngest did not.

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