“The coronavirus death count in England has been reduced by more than 5,000 after it emerged officials were “over-exaggerating” the number of deaths from the virus. Previously in the country, anyone who died and had ever tested positive for the virus was automatically counted as a coronavirus death – even if their death was from a car accident.” [Source: Daily Telegraph (UK)]
England is by no means alone in having been accused of exaggerating the number of deaths from the pandemic. But even among those deaths around the world that can be attributed to the coronavirus, the vast majority have occurred in people who had preexisting conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain other health problems. Ultimately, while this virus is dangerous, it is only dangerous to people with weakened immune systems.
A fact observed everywhere during the current pandemic is that the elderly are particularly at risk of becoming infected. There is a clear scientific explanation for this: the ability of the human digestive system to absorb micronutrients from regular food decreases significantly with age. In other words, even if the daily diet of elderly people contains adequate micronutrients, an insufficient percentage of them passes from the intestinal chyme through the epithelial layer into the blood.
With an inadequate supply of micronutrients, the ensuing result may be severe nutritional deficiency and a particularly high susceptibility to infectious diseases. This fact also explains the high death rates in nursing homes. In many of these homes, the food supply is extremely low in fresh fruit and vegetables and therefore lacks a proper intake of micronutrients.
One of the key lessons to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic is therefore that there is an urgent need to improve nutrition in nursing homes, particularly by providing fresh fruit and vegetables or food supplements. Without such measures, millions of elderly people worldwide will be almost entirely defenseless against future epidemics.
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