First of all, it must be noticed that the new coronavirus sometimes works as Russian roulette. It even kills people in an instant who were not in any high-risk group — also not in hindsight. This might be because it may give lumps in the bloodstream which can block vital arteries to heart or brain.
This can be compared to the poliovirus. Most unvaccinated kids infected won’t notice a thing, a minority will get some diarrhea, and only a tiny percentage gets life-long paralysis. Enough reason to vaccinate all kids.
But besides that, much speculation has been going on about corona. One question is: who are most at risk of getting seriously ill. Most people don’t.
This is not the same as who has the greatest danger to die from it. In that plays also a role, the condition you are in. Many chronically ill or frailer patients obviously are more in mortal danger.
No, I just want to look at who gets seriously sick and may have a hard time getting back to health. There is a parallel to this too.
My father was a pulmonologist specialized in tuberculosis. He worked in a sanatorium for TB patients under the patronage of one of the greatest physicians in this area in the Netherlands. And this, my late dad told me.
At first, there were dozens of theories about why certain people got extra sick with TBC. They varied from city life with its supposedly bad air to ‘genetic weakness.’ So many theories showed that we didn’t have a clue. Then the antibiotics came to kill off the bacterium. Then it became clear.
The severity was only given by the intake. The more bugs one inhaled, the sicker one got, the longer and more intense the antibiotics cure had to be.
Well, corona too, is mainly an air-born disease. And also for this germ, it seems that the more viral particles inhaled, the worst the prognosis.
- Healthy health workers noticeably dropped dead in great percentages. In a long workday, they got a heavy viral load.
- Young athletes in top condition still got very sick.
- Heavy breathers, heart/lung patients/smokers seem disadvantaged.
These are all people who take in a lot of potentially infested air.
I’m not saying there’s proof for this. Rather, this should be researched. Yet, this suspicion should caution us against breathing a lot in closed areas or close to others, or/and being close to heavy breathers (runners, singers).
Even if vaccinated/recovered from it. Because that protects against dying, not necessarily against getting ill or spreading the virus. It’s great not to be in mortal danger but you don’t want to sicken or kill someone else. And, while the virus circulates, mutations may happen that could endanger all.
Here is the latest corona science from a superb reporter. Read it.