Covid-19 has alarmed me, and not only for the obvious reason of potentially contracting the virus.
On October 13, 2020, NPR reported a startling fact about America’s status as a super sick nation. The “Journal of the American Medical Association finds that in the past five months, per capita deaths in the United States, both from COVID-19 and other causes, have been far greater than in 18 other high-income countries.”
Many of the reasons for our frighteningly high death rate are playing out at the federal and state level, but I won’t go there. Instead, I’ve been mulling over one hypothesis that may be a hidden underpinning to our poor showing as a country.
Here’s my assessment: The United States has been unwell for many decades. The pandemic merely acted as the tipping point that blew the cover off our faux sense of well-being.
Below are nine underlying reasons why America is so sick today.