Raise your hand if you’re sick of hearing about Covid. That makes two of us. But no matter how tired we are of hearing about it, the facts remain the same. We are in a global pandemic, coronavirus is highly contagious, and thousands of people have died from it. 749,000 worldwide, to be exact.

Probably one of the scariest parts about this virus is that there is so much we don’t know about it. It has literally existed for less than a year. There is a lack of control on our parts that we humans are extremely uncomfortable with. That, and there’s still no vaccine. 

We do know one thing: Covid will wreak more havoc on us the less healthy we are

According to the CDC, approximately 42% of adults in the United States are obese. 

According to the World Health Organization, there have been over 5,000,000 confirmed cases, with over 163,000 deaths in the US. That is 60,000 more deaths than the next highest death rate (Brazil) and 110,000 more than Mexico, which is the third.

Let me break it down. The United States’ 42% obesity rate makes us incredibly vulnerable to viruses. You are twice as likely to die from Covid if you are obese. 

Covid plus obesity is terrifying. 

Wearing masks, social distancing, and constantly washing our hands is important. But fighting off obesity? That should be where our focus is (and should have been for the last 20 years). 

Our best defense against Covid is our own immune systems. We MUST start taking our health and fitness seriously, if we want to come out of this pandemic without half of our population gone. Remember the end of Avengers’ Endgame? That is what’s at risk (minus turning into ash and disappearing. That probably won’t happen).