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If the United States were my patient

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

By Sanjay Gupta (original source CNN)

“For a moment, think of the United States as a human body. Full of heart and mind. Bile and blood. Muscle and fat. Like any body, it has its strengths and weaknesses, and must consistently work to prevent disease and optimize function. It needs to nourish itself, exercise, and take care of its physical and mental health.

And if the country, like the human body, were to get sick or infected, it should seek the best medical guidance and follow it, as hard as that might be.

Around the world, there are more than 4.6 million people confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus. Roughly a third of them are in this country alone. Just as the coronavirus uses its spike protein to enter and infect human cells, so did planes with passengers enter and infect the United States. Even for the most diligent and hygienic among us, living on this planet means we will continuously come in contact with pathogens, most of them harmless. In fact, as much as we don’t like to think about it, we humans are happily functioning made up of more germs than human cells. But every now and then, a new or novel one finds a home in our bodies, takes root and starts to replicate.”

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