Relative risk of death in the full model was:
- 30% higher with obesity
- 28% higher with anxiety and fear-related disorders
- 26% higher with diabetes with complication
- 21% higher with CKD
- 18% higher with neurocognitive disorders including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- 18% higher with COPD and bronchiectasis
- 14% higher with coronary atherosclerosis and other heart disease
It is no surprise to see hypertension and disorders of lipid metabolism, obesity and diabetes as the strongest risk factors. However, it is surprising to see anxiety included at all, let alone listed so high on the list, and higher than diabetes.
Could some of these 28% of COVID-19 deaths have been averted if the US government and its media hadn’t mounted such a well-orchestrated fear campaign waged around a virus with a less than 0.99% mortality? And it would be inappropriate to single out the US government and media alone.
Asthma was associated with a low risk of death (see Figure 1.) Researchers have speculated that lock downs and masks likely shielded people from some common triggers including seasonal pathogens.2 In addition, most people diagnosed with asthma are on corticosteroids which are shown to be protective against the so-called cytokine storm associated with COVID-19. Budesonide, a commonly prescribed inhaled corticosteroid is also used to treat COVID-19.3
The percentage of the US adult population known to have 2 or more underlying medical conditions ranges from approximately 38% to 64% by state.4 This study found that the number of underlying medical conditions is itself a risk factor for severe disease from COVID-19.
The researchers concluded that preventing COVID-19 in populations with these underlying conditions should be a public health priority, with targeted mitigation efforts and ensuring high uptake of vaccine, when available, in these individuals and their close contacts.
Missing from their recommendations and from all government health advocates is any recommendations about how we might boost our health, natural immunity and wellbeing.
So instead of locking us all away indoors in fear, breaking up families, closing down restaurants, schools, sports facilities and theatres, isolating the sick, elderly and the dying and dismantling everything it means to be human why aren’t good nutrition, physical exercise, sleep, de-stressing techniques, protective strategies like vitamins C, D, and zinc supplementation and advice on functional breathing, promoted by our government health advocates?