Is COVID-19 To Blame?

Document Type : Letter to The Editor


Aerospace Medicine Research Center, Aja University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Mankind is witnessing economic uncertainty due to a health crisis as never before. In the era of industrialization where the emergence of invisible enemies of humans is causing a great death toll, "nothing seems more universal than health", the old proverb in nearly all human cultures is once again rebirthed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless what is distinctive is that the SARS-CoV-2 seems to be unequally targeting a particular sector of the populations with risk factors for preventable diseases. Comorbidities, mainly non-communicable diseases (NCDs), seem to be the primary contributors of the current pandemic and not the SARS-CoV-2 per se. The present letter attempts to underscore the converging pattern of communicable (CDs) and NCDs in human toll. For the tens of thousands of lives coming to an end since the turn of the year, we are all truly sad, but thankful to the virus for unearthing the grave need of the mankind to improve his life style and behaviors. It directs us to revisit the values and ultimately save millions of lives in future.