According to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard, the world of 7.8 humans has seen 1 million people die of COVID-19. Said another way, COVID-19 has killed .00012 of the world population. Whereas the world’s largest killer is Ischaemic heart disease and stroke, accounting for a combined 15.2 million deaths (.02). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed 3.0 million lives in 2016, while lung cancer (along with trachea and bronchus cancers) caused 1.7 million deaths. Diabetes killed 1.6 million people in 2016, up from less than 1 million in 2000.
While there is a difference between a communicable disease and personal choice, if we, as a society, are concerned with keeping deaths down, why do we not ban known foods proven to cause heart disease? Similarly, if we are so concerned with controlling the behavior of humans to save lives, why not institute mandatory exercise, which has been proven to help prevent heart disease and diabetes? In bringing this up, we are not advocating for such policies, but trying to show perspective. In fact, in an era when everyone is told to wear masks, when the efficacy of most masks worn by the general public is in serious question, the government should advise people to stop eating processed meat and stop smoking. This would save far more lives, especially if mandated like masks have been in certain sections of the country.