On October 18, 2021, 4-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powel died due to complications from the Coronavirus.
Health experts pointed out that the 84-year-old Powell had a history of medical conditions that significantly raised his risk of severe COVID-19, though he was fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus caught everyone by surprise and has changed the world. While much is still a mystery about the virus, there are 2 things we do know:
- The severity of covid has been linked to compromised immune systems and immunodeficiencies;
- The vaccine does not stop the spread or transmission of the virus among the vaccinated.
This is important information that can’t be overlooked. It could also provide clues on how we deal with this virus.
Dealing With Covid
According to scientific studies, many risk factors have been identified in the progression of COVID-19 into a severe and critical stage:
- Old age
- Male gender
- Chronic lung diseases
- Heart, liver and kidney diseases
- Clinically apparent immunodeficiencies, local immunodeficiencies, such as early type I interferon secretion capacity
In addition to the health issues listed, studies indicate a vitamin D deficiency may be linked to covid severity and is significantly associated with increased risk for COVID-19:
“Vitamin D deficiency, which can result in a compromised immune response, has been also linked to increased risk and increased morbidities associated with COVID-19. Patients with vitamin D deficiency were 4.6 times more likely to be positive for COVID-19 than patients with no deficiency.Read the scientific study HERE.
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What does this mean?
A major component to the severity of covid is preexisting medical conditions, as was the case with Colin Powell. Is the key to defeating covid a new focus on dietary changes and living a healthier lifestyle?
Many of these health issues described above (obesity, hypertension, diabetes, etc.) can be reduced or eliminated altogether by eating healthier foods and exercise. In addition, if the vaccine can not stop the spread and transmission of the virus, should more emphasis be placed on healthier lifestyle choices?
Call To Action
Many experts predict the coronavirus will be with us for quite some time. While many people are focused on vaccinations, that may not be enough. In addition to the vaccine, we must make an effort to become healthier and decrease many of the dangerous risk factors listed previously before contracting the virus.
In other words, we can’t rely on a pill or vaccine to keep us healthy. They may be helpful, but this also means you can’t let your guard down. Each person must make a conscious effort to maintain good health. Aside from age and gender, many of the risk factors listed above could potentially be significantly reduced via diet and exercise.
Colin Powell was fully vaccinated and still succumbed to the virus. As more breakthrough covid cases are reported, we must be vigilant and proactive. While the world focuses on the vaccine, start making healthy changes today. Your body will thank you.
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