Well, nothing that we really didn’t know before. Those most vulnerable to serious and even deadly complications from a COVID-19 infection are those who are immune compromised and those with pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing conditions like heart disease, lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity. Age is also a factor in susceptibility. I suspect, however, that a large part of the reason that age is a factor is that the elderly population is more likely to HAVE one or more of these pre-existing conditions. Do you know what else this population is at risk for developing serious and deadly complications from? The common flu.
What we have known for decades
This information has been widely available a long time. So why has it taken a global pandemic to open our eyes to this fact. The flu does not drive us to shelter in place and avoid contact and social distance. As a society, we have been dealing with the flu forever. Most who contract the flu, get sick and then get better. The flu also does not drive tens of thousands of people to hospitals at one time, overwhelming the health care system and forcing providers to decide who gets a ventilator and who doesn’t. The fact remains though, that having one or more pre-existing condition pre-disposes you to serious or even deadly complications from not only the flu but other infections. Developing these conditions will also shorten you life expectancy.
What can we do
The advice, like the information, has been there for a long time. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Optimize your vitamin and mineral levels either through diet or supplementation. Exercise regularly and minimize or learn strategies to cope with stress. Making these things a part of your life will reduce your risk for developing pre-existing conditions and will strengthen your immune system. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are two great ways to help fill in holes in your diet, strengthen your immune system and help reduce stress.
I suspect that we will find many silver linings as we get through this crisis. Slowing down or even STOPPING the cycle of everything having to get done...right now! Spending time with our immediate family, without having to schedule and work around five hundred different activities each week. Realizing what our kids are and are not getting in their daily lives. Being kind to those in our communities and ourselves. And, my hope is, that we will recognize the importance of our health and take an active role in fostering and maintaining that health so that our bodies are more capable of taking care of themselves and we can all live longer, healthier lives.
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