Fix Your Fragility
COVID-19 officially became a pandemic on March 11, 2020 and absolutely nothing in our lives has been the same ever since.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been monitoring the novel coronavirus since early January, when a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China was reported.
Past experience with infectious respiratory viruses such as SARS and MERS informed decision-making in the weeks that preceded the declaration of a public health emergency, but nothing could have prepared the world for what would eventually happen.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, all of our lives have been impacted in various ways.
From work and finances, to education and community disruption, and most certainly all aspects of our health, this pandemic has caused a roller coaster of worry, confusion and loss.
There are two factors of high concern for this virus: its spread and severity.
While these concerns are justified, I have personally never had any concerns over my health, or my families health.
Because I know with certainty that my body is strong, healthy and resilient.
I know with certainty that my children have strong immune systems.
In short, I know my own vulnerabilities and fragility.
I know that for the last 20 years, I've worked consistently at improving not only my health, but the health of my family.
Most humans unfortunately, could not – and currently cannot – say the same.
My concerns however have always surrounded the amount of fear and anxiety that this virus would cause globally.
As of July 11, 2020, 12.5 Million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 560,000 deaths globally.
This means COVID19 currently has a 0.04% fatality rate, suggesting you have a much higher rate of dying from influenza and pneumonia (5% death rate as of July 4, 2020).
What has become clear is that there are significant differences among people in terms of both risk to infection and – if infected – the severity of the disease.
So like all things in health – it depends.
This is because SARSCOV2/COVID-19 brings out the hidden vulnerabilities that humans are currently walking around with.
The Lancet, a highly respected professional journal, published the first international medical report about COVID-19 infection in Wuhan, China on February 15, 2020, and this article indicated that the infection was associated with acute respiratory symptoms and many other complex medical problems.
A March 2020 follow-up study, also in Lancet, discussed the clinical course of the infection and risk factors associated with mortality.
Specifically, they looked at how preexisting health conditions increase the risk for COVID-19 complications.
The researchers noted that older age, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes were all associated with increased disease severity.
While we cannot do anything about our age – hypertension, obesity and diabetes are all preventable.
And as the virus spread throughout the US and the world, so too did support for the findings of pre existing health conditions and the severity of disease.
From Seattle to New York, patients with COVID-19 did worse when comorbidities were present.,
Why do some people fare so poorly while others have only mild symptoms?
Because COVID-19 is not the big, bad, scary virus that people seem to think it is.
This virus does not kill everything it comes into contact with, but is a virus that when tied to the functional status of a person's immune system, reveals that individuals vulnerabilities and personal fragility.
COVID-19 is a virus that, when tied to the functional status of a person's immune system and health status, reveals that individuals fragility.
In short, the time to worry and fear about a virus was long before the pandemic hit. If modern humans placed a stronger emphasis on health resilience and took a proactive measure in health, the story would be playing out completely different.
For anyone who has ignored their current chronic health conditions, continued to eat a poor diet or only sought to treat their symptoms as opposed to actually improving themselves in all aspects of health – this virus brings out the worst in us.
As a whole, we need to start addressing our vulnerabilities when it comes to health.