Health Editor’s Note: While Azar’s words would like to lead us to believe that the reason why the U.S. has such high death rates due to COVID-19 infections is due to underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes, this is clearly not the real explanation.
Other countries who have survived this pandemic with a fraction of the number of fatalities, also have citizens with pre-existing medical conditions that should have also complicated their survival. What the leadership of these other countries did achieve, was to quickly shut down their country to cut the spread of coronavirus by the citizenship. What the U.S failed to accomplish was to contain this virus, which can be placed on the distinct lack of preparedness for a pandemic situation and a failure to follow scientific and medical principles….Carol
HHS secretary points to ‘unhealthy comorbidities’ when asked about high coronavirus death rate in US
By Rebecca Klar/The Hill
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Sunday pointed to a “significantly disproportionate burden of comorbidities” when asked about the high coronavirus death rate in the U.S.
Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the U.S. has been able to manage the health care burden of the coronavirus, despite having the highest reported death rates of any country from the virus.
“Every death is a tragedy, but the results could have been vastly, vastly worse,” he said, adding that “to our knowledge” nobody in the U.S. has died because they didn’t have access to a ventilator or a bed in an intensive care unit.