Multiple health issues are a major problem for coronavirus patients.

I saw an article today about unique health issues for New Yorkers with coronavirus. The vast majority (94%) of those hospitalized had more than one health issue according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Over half of the patients had hypertension. Nearly half were obese. Almost one-third had diabetes. We have learned that if you end up on a ventilator, you will probably die. Nearly 90% of those on ventilators did not recover.

We are trying to protect everyone from getting coronavirus. Is that a good tactic? It is difficult to prevent someone from getting a disease that has no symptoms. It is an impossible feat. Should we be spending our time protecting those with multiple health risks instead? YES!

The recovery rate for those under 50 years of age is over 99%. Is that something we need to quarantine everyone? I think not. However, we don’t have enough test kits for everyone to test themselves daily. If you test positive, you quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you are not infected, go to work!

There is no reason that we can’t keep prudent personal protection in place when we enter crowded areas. However, we cannot take chances when we intermingle with those caring for higher-risk Americans.

Until there are enough test kits for everyone – not just those who have symptoms – we will muddle along and do our best. 99% of us will survive.!

Live Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughin –

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  1. Hey Red, thank you for your research and insights. Again it fascinates me to see how the USA appears to be dealing with this pandemic and compare it with Australia. I’ve had several friends hospitalized with COVID-19, one in ICU on a ventilator. It was a close call. Our church fellowship was entreated to intercede through prayer. Pray we did, my did we pray. He’s not out of the woods yet but recognizing the fact you highlighted about the percentage of people who die in this situation, we thank God for His grace. My friend is improving daily thank god and the superb care of our medical staff. Love to you and your family. best regards, Rod

    1. Thanks, Rod. It’s interesting how many people have COVID-19 and how much publicity it gets. I belong to several networking groups and I ask the question periodically, “How many people do you know have coronavirus?”, and the answer is always, ‘no one’. I find that somewhat alarming. I know people who know people who know people who have it. Or, I know people in the medical/nursing field who work with or know people, but not their friends – just patients. I can’t find my source about how the virus attacks the cell’s ability to transfer oxygen and that is what puts most people on ventilators. I’m not a doctor or medical professional, and I haven’t vetted it enough to make a decision to publish my research or not. I prefer to write on longevity, that is my passion for writing blogs, articles, and books. I’ve written a few posts recently on my military experiences and my views have gone crazy. I enjoy writing about my military and will probably write one or two books on it. I wrote a novel five years ago minus the characters. The whole book is done, just need to add who said what to whom. I write about coronavirus, but it is more of public service to share my research since there is so much information out there and not all supporting each other. I didn’t mean to go on a rant, but it is what it is. Thanks again, Rod. I will add your friend to our daily prayers.

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