Who is most at risk from COVID-19? An astounding number and percentage of Americans are at risk.

Astoundingly, despite the U.S. (allegedly) being the richest, most technologically and medically advanced country in the world, we have the highest numbers of COVID-19 infections, and many times over the numbers of deaths due to complications of the coronavirus than the rest of the world.

Currently, as of today, November 29, 2020, according to John Hopkins University & Medical, the death toll in the U.S. is 266,047 with a 2% Fatality-Case rate.

Many Americans still insist the virus is just “a very severe flu-like contagion” or that it is a “hoax.” The numbers alone show that neither are true. Nor is it a national or worldwide political conspiracy as some allege. Even worse is the type of thinking that there is an “acceptable number of deaths to COVID-19” that should be accepted by society to reopen, or that those most susceptible to it should simply choose to separate themselves from the rest of society. It explains how the current national government and many in state governments have chosen to not do what was needed to combat this pandemic effectively.

That kind of thinking should be anathema to most Americans who truly value both life and freedom. Not only should that level of selfishness always be unacceptable, it should be viewed, even in a world admittedly bereft of many formerly cherished societal norms and values, as “immoral,” provided that such things any longer exist or are being taught in our culture.

On the other hand, perhaps writing off the lives of others based on a “Risk vs. Benefit” is not so unusual. In an article in Atlantic Magazine, “A Failure of Empathy Led to 200,000 Deaths. It Has Deep Roots,” it was noted that psychological studies have found that “the lives of the elderly are often undervalued and even dismissed,” in some instances by a few of the elderly themselves.  Utilitarianism should not be the basis upon which someone’s life or death is decided.

At some point, when dealing with mass death, the Atlantic article noted that “victims are no longer individuals but statistics.” This observation is easily seen in how both the national, state, and local health authorities post COVID-19 numbers daily, and yet still thinks it’s the “numbers” that will be persuasive.

Daily numbers fail on the most fundamental level to impress on the public the seriousness of the pandemic and its effects on real people and families. Many people have had to die alone, away from the comfort of their loved ones. Making matters worse, the loss of a loved one cannot even be properly grieved.  Where are their stories? What are the feelings of grief and loss by those left behind? Grief is both personal and private for everyone, but it is also usually a publicly shared experience that brings together family and community to acknowledge that someone’s “life mattered.” Not being able to do so, devalues life.

This pandemic may prove that the combination of Americans’ self-indulgence and willingness to believe in the most fantastical conspiracies, rumors and lies, while insisting that their personal and Constitutional freedoms extend past and outweigh the rights of everyone around them despite risks of severe illness, even death, to others, is not acceptable; it’s immoral and irresponsible in a civilized society. The fact is, others have every much the same right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” as do those abusing their “rights” at others’ expense. Human rights and civil rights end where their practice or abuse harms those of others entitled to the same rights.

Covid-19, like any virus, can mutate…and it already has. One such mutation was thought to be responsible for the incredible increase in the infection rates. What if it continues to mutate and becomes even more infectious or deadly? What if something else comes along, something far more deadly and infectious, and we fail to learn valuable lessons from this pandemic?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), following is a list of those medical conditions that are most at risk from the coronavirus and COVID-19:

Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.

Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

This is not an exhaustive list.

Many other medical conditions are also likely as well to result in severe COVID-19 symptoms, conditions, and even death. Here is the list (again, not an exhaustive listing) of potential medical conditions that are thought to increase risk, pending further studies):

“The truth is out there.” But you must be willing to look for it and accept facts from credible sources, of which there are many. The real questions facing the country is: Who and how many are you willing to let die from COVID-19? What is your idea of an “acceptable” number of deaths? And are you potentially one of them?

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Tinner
Tinner
11 months ago

Real easy to think and feel this way when you have a job and are financially covered. Tragic how many people have died from this pandemic as well as how they spent their last days and how it must have impacted their families, nobody should have to experience that or… Read more »

Mono Person
Mono Person
11 months ago

Can you guys pat yourselves on the back even harder??? It is just weird that I do no know of one person in my sphere that has got it or worse have died. Not one. My parents are 83, one has a heart condition and other underlying conditions. The other… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
11 months ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Mono Person Well,good for you !! All about “ME.ME.ME”and your family and circle of friends. My neighbors living next door to me,a really good family and someone that employs me for work throughout the year,they are not so fortunate as you are He is related to the the man that… Read more »

Mono Perosn
Mono Perosn
11 months ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Hey, Governor Newsome feels the same way as I do!! French Laundry…. and I love poking the liberal bear – you all are so “in line” with the hypocrisy.

erik simpson
erik simpson
11 months ago
Reply to  Mono Person

I too am glad that you and your family are well. You are indeed fortunate. Unfortunately, there
are about a quarter million Americans who would also like to congratulate you, but they can’t. Enjoy your holidays.

Mono Person
Mono Person
11 months ago
Reply to  erik simpson

Same with Governor Newsome!

Lucky You
Lucky You
11 months ago
Reply to  Mono Person

It still shocks me how many people don’t take Coronavirus seriously until it directly and detrimentally affects them or a loved one. So Mono, how about you give us all an update in another 30 days, and then again in 60 days. Let’s see if all the good luck and… Read more »

Mono Person
Mono Person
11 months ago
Reply to  Lucky You

Are you checking on Governor Newsome health too?? Yeah…

Lucky you
Lucky you
11 months ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Yes Mono. I am watching to see if Newsom’s dinner party at the French Laundry gets linked to cases. Just as I watched and followed the White House super spreader events. Just as I was recently appalled to see a local city council member on the front page of a… Read more »

Stop non-essential travel
Stop non-essential travel
11 months ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Your logic is so interesting; implying that “the ‘rona” isn’t that big of a deal and that public health experts and the medical profession must be making more out of this than is needed, as you have from the very beginning of this pandemic. But I wonder: how do you… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
11 months ago

This is by far, the most informative, simplistic explanatory article that I have personally read since this virus came about. It showed me that my thinking was completely incorrect about the possibility of those that are “at risk” of being infected, especially those of us that have underlying health issues.… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
11 months ago
Reply to  Charles James

Charles James The thing is….IMO…the people refusing to or making a fuss about wearing a mask,many of them don’t care about others,only about themselves,feeling,saying and acting like their “rights”are being taken away. And it makes (made) it easier for them to do it when FORMER political figures in high places… Read more »