These conditions that cause the virus to devastate are all treatable by us, as individuals. We can quit smoking, lose weight, lower our blood pressure and sugar. We can start exercising. We can eat right. But it isn't easy. And for some it is too late.
I hope that this harsh warning will be enough to shock the survivors into a new way of thinking about health. Health isn't good numbers on a lab, attained by way of popping pills. Health is real vitality, a strong immune system, a lack of chronic health conditions caused by an all-too American lifestyle and diet. We don't call the diet here SAD for nothing. The Standard American Diet is a recipe for disaster, and disaster is upon us.
In the short term we simply need to get through it. The Flu of 1918 lasted two years. The Black Plague lasted six. No matter what the politicians say, this experience will change us. It will change us as individuals, and it will permanently affect our culture and institutions. COVID-19 will change our approach to health and wellness, I think for the better.