We’re all at risk and it’s not just the virus. There’s no question that this pandemic fiasco has turned our domestic world upside down. That’s in spite of the fact that, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, “The United States was ranked the best-prepared country in the world to handle a pandemic in late 2019.” The assessment involved a list of 195 countries.
Over all the 324-page report didn’t paint an encouraging picture of global readiness. It concluded that “National health security is fundamentally weak around the world,” and that “No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address.”1
So here we are with a COVID-19 pandemic that is having ramifications that reach far beyond just making people sick. As it progressed “gaps” were exposed everywhere. As for who is at greatest risk from the disease, the March 24, 2020, Bloomberg article titled: “99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says” spells out what we’ve known from the getgo. Most deaths are associated with older people who are saddled with one or more chronic diseases. That underscores what we must personally do to protect ourselves. Obviously chronic conditions endanger longevity in more ways than we can imagine. What’s good to know is that chronic conditions are highly associated with unhealthy diets—which we can control.2