Thanks Indi for saying something important about the current situation. I’d simply add that half of all US healthcare spending (around $800 billion now) is entirely unnecessary: it’s the result of sustained bad lifestyle choices. Far too much consumption of unhealthy foods and far too little exercise of any kind means that US citizens are seeing a declining life expectancy and are grotesquely unhealthy compared to the average European, never mind the average Japanese or Indian person. What this means is that the poorly-structured health care system in the USA is already overburdened, and a significant percentage of US citizens have weak immune systems due to atrocious lifestyle choices. Add in the various factors you cite in your article and it’s apparent that the USA will suffer far more than necessary from any new infection that comes along.

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