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How bad is Covid-19? Think 10 years older


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 Covid-19 is equivalent to making those in the 35-44 age bracket 10 years older. That is all, or, rather, that is how terrible aging is. I have seen so much outrage, lament, and blame being tossed about, all the while we are blind about the abyss beneath our feet. 

 

Data: 

 

United States deaths per 100,000 for Covid-19: 175.24

 

Deaths per 100,000 for those 35-44 (United States): 194.7

 

Deaths per 100,000 for those 45-54 (United States): 395.9

 

395.9-194.7=201.2 (more lethal than Covid-19)

 

What about going from 45-54 to 55-64? 

 

45-54: 395.9

55-64: 886.7

 

886.7-395.9= 490.8 (over twice as lethal as Covid-19)

 

Being 85+ as compared to 35-44? 75x more lethal than Covid-19

 

There are two reasons that people don't give a shit. 

 

1. They have never thought about it/are unaware

2. They think nothing can be done about it

 

The hysteria seen with Covid-19 is the hysteria with which we should be tackling the aging problem. If you're not afraid to grow old, but you're afraid of Covid... there's no vaccine for aging, and, while you may not contract Covid, we all have aging. 

 

So the next time someone tells you that Covid-19 is a huge issue, tell them: "I'm more worried about turning 45."


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Yeah, getting older is a disease. We've got to frame it that way. 


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Yeah, getting older is a disease. We've got to frame it that way.


Even if we don't call it a "disease," as long as we can do something about it we obviously should. And the science is clear that we CAN do something about it.
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Yeah, getting older is a disease. We've got to frame it that way.


Even if we don't call it a "disease," as long as we can do something about it we obviously should. And the science is clear that we CAN do something about it.

Our society is caught in such an obvious contradiction. The field of medicine at its core aims to heal human suffering. Aging is a major cause of human suffering, because as you get older, your body starts to fall apart and break down. Therefore, if medicine aims to reduce human suffering, it must address the symptoms of aging--and when you solve those, you solve aging itself. If you can heal heart disease, diabetes, turn wrinkly skin smooth, and end alzheimers (all correlated with getting older) then what are you doing if not fighting aging?

 

But being humans we love our contradictions. We need to end human suffering right? Yes! Medicine and technology is our best hope for doing this right? Yes! Aging is a major cause of human suffering, correct? Yes! So the moral goal of medicine is to end aging? NOOO!!! 






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