Jumpstarting the Global Economy is Risky Business
While Contented Hearts® Lifestyle Quiz was designed for heart disease risk factor analysis for age, gender, weight; exercise levels, family history, cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, enlarged heart, stress of lifestyle; it mirrors the underlying risks for COVID-19, the Coronavirus.
Risks are characteristics of disease and some risks, such as obesity, are now considered a disease. The literature shows that these known risks are exponentially related in some fashion. That is, having two risk factors (e.g. hypertension and high LDL) doesn’t just double your risk, it probably “2.75 times it”, etc.
In an article titled: Clinical Course and Risk Factors for mortality of Adult Inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a Retrospective Cohort Study; Published Online March 9, 2020 with a corrected version first appearing at thelancet.com on March 12, 2020 , authors: Fei Zhou*, Ting Yu*, Ronghui Du*, Guohui Fan*, Ying Liu*, Zhibo Liu*, Jie Xiang*, Yeming Wang, Bin Song, Xiaoying Gu, Lulu Guan, Yuan Wei, Hui Li, Xudong Wu, Jiuyang Xu, Shengjin Tu, Yi Zhang, Hua Chen, Bin Cao; the authors summary findings included hypertension being the most common comorbidity or risk factor in 191 patients from two local hospitals with Diabetes coming in second.
Wuhan city is the capital of Hubei province in China.
Hypertension, commonly called high blood pressure, and Diabetes, sometimes called “sugar,” by patients known to have the disease and sometimes a family history of Diabetes, are not exclusive to the residents of this now famous city in China, and an important cog in the global economy.
Products manufactured in Wuhan include pharmaceuticals. And the “public wants a pill” for a variety of reasons, including convenience. Health professionals will tell you that, in many instances, Hypertension and Diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise. When given a choice; many people opt for a pill.
And so it goes.
From Wuhan to Washington, West Bloomfield to Wales, underlying risks are showing up on medical charts for retrospective analysis.
The answers are complex and the questions are global.
Answers to Hypertension and Diabetes and COVID-19 questions require a global crisis communication strategy and not a hit and miss strategy in order for the world to breathe easy again.
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