Despite the largest vaccination campaign in history continuing to inoculate millions of people each day against the risks of COVID-19, there is still much debate over how best to deal with the virus. On the one hand, you have Democrats, liberals, and alarmists demanding that we basically mask forever – even once we are vaccinated – and maintain social distancing, etc. On the other hand, we have Republicans, conservatives, and others who say masks are not necessary and that the risk of COVID in young and healthy people is low and that if people want to be safe they should take some vitamins.
Who is right? Actually, neither side is.
Masking, social distancing, and all those other precautions have not been shown to help at all. Just take recent events as an example. When Texas dropped its mask mandate, President Biden called it a ‘Neanderthal’ move and Dr. Fauci warned that the state would “suffer” over it. But that hasn’t happened. Cases and hospitalizations continued dropping. But in Michigan, which has probably the strictest COVID restrictions in place, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have been soaring. So there’s something in the science of all this that we clearly don’t understand. Moreover, a whole slew of recommendations from the medical experts, including maintaining 6 feet of distance from others and wiping down counters and other surfaces, have been shown to be worthless. It literally makes no difference if you social distance indoors and social distancing isn’t necessary outdoors, and there is only a 1 in 10,000 chance of getting infected from a surface. It was all garbage science.
As for those arguing that no restrictions should be in place and people should take vitamins to keep safe, I’m sorry, but that is ridiculous too. There has yet to be any conclusive evidence, outside of non-clinical, anecdotal evidence, that taking zinc and vitamin D and all the other recommended vitamins and minerals will save you from coronavirus. They won’t hurt you and could possibly provide some level of protection, but if they were the panacea some people claim they are, this pandemic would have been over a long time ago. And those who have said that nothing at all should be done to combat the pandemic and just let it run its course are likely contributors to the deaths of many, including those of many in our community who sadly succumbed to the virus.
So what is truth? Well, we can only focus on what we know. And here is what we know with absolute certainty: Nearly 80% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 were overweight or obese. But, for some reason, we never hear about this. That’s the key piece in the puzzle! Imagine if we had people pushing for a national campaign to lose weight – imagine how many lives could have been saved and how many more could be saved in the future as coronavirus becomes endemic.
We know obesity, besides perhaps for certain underlying conditions, is the greatest risk factor – by a mile – in becoming very ill with coronavirus. We know how to combat that – eat fewer calories, exercise, etc. – but everyone has ignored it. Left, right, and center, nobody has acknowledged this or attempted a campaign to fight the obesity epidemic.
Do you want to be protected against COVID (not to mention about a million other serious physical ailments)? Lose weight. You can drop your mask off in the nearest garbage and head to the gym. It’ll do you a lot of good.