Covid-19 Update: The Opportunity Within the Crisis

Hello again everyone:

There are many old takes on the fact that within every crisis there are opportunities to make things better in some way, shape or form. Such as lessons to be learned, things to not repeat, better approaches to prevention of the crisis, better ways to resolve it as things unfold…etc. As others, as well as myself, have accurately pointed out, only about 1 in 10 Americans are metabolically healthy or fit. This is one of the primary reasons for the enormous illness and death toll related to SARS CoV-2 illness. It is the co-morbidities that are killing many of us, and the chronic disease burden that this country (and most others) now carries. Most chronic conditions can be modified or improved, the only exception being age. To that end, I am making this plea and asking you to consider assisting yourself (if needed) and others to deal with their co-morbidities now and not wait. Why? Because we know that the vaccine will be more effective the healthier we all are, and thus the sooner we get out of this pandemic, and the less suffering and loss of life and enjoyment will occur. The only way out of this chronic disease epidemic/pandemic that is engulfing our nation is to simply get healthier. Consider this statement from the medical journal The Lancet:

Don’t forget: “With COVID-19, we have not just been fighting a communicable disease alone but also a growing backdrop of non-communicable diseases (NCDs, such as diabetes and obesity) that have needlessly raised the death toll.” (1)

And consider this from the Journal of the American Heart Association (2):

  • Patients with cardiometabolic conditions, in particular obesity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and heart failure, have a high risk of poor outcomes from coronavirus disease 2019 infection.
  • Among >900 000 US coronavirus disease 2019 hospitalizations through November 18, 2020, nearly two thirds (63.5%) were estimated to be attributable to these cardiometabolic conditions, that is, preventable if these conditions had not been present.

Bottom Line: Take the steps needed to improve your health; do not delay, do not wait, make your moves now and never stop…for the sake of your own health, your loved ones, your friends, your community and country and the world…for me, it is a duty and a responsibility that comes with being alive and grateful to our Creator…what about you? What is your call to duty?

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