Guest Editorial
Volume 7 Issue 6 - 2020
COVID-19 and Cardiometabolic Diseases
Gundu HR Rao*
Emeritus Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Director, Thrombosis Research, Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota, USA
*Corresponding Author: Gundu HR Rao, Emeritus Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Director, Thrombosis Research, Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota, USA.
Received: April 21, 2020; Published: May 05, 2020




Abstract

Communicable diseases (CDs) as well as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), are great public health problems, which create catastrophic economic damage, cause loss of precious lives and are preventable. According to Harvard Gazette (August 08, 2018), “eight million largely preventable deaths from various diseases, costed six trillion dollars in lost income”. Researchers working on topics related to cardiometabolic diseases (CMDs), have borrowed the word ‘Pandemic’ from the epidemiologists who early on, described worldwide outbreaks of infectious diseases as pandemics. Like earthquakes and other natural disasters, pandemics are unpredictable. Current debate about the COVID-19 pandemic describes the dilemma very well. To the extent, the US administration has threatened, to cut off its financial aid to the World Health Organization (WHO) for colluding with China, in keeping the facts about Covid-19 infection hidden from the rest of the world. COVID-19 or SARS Cov2 virus has spread to all the countries (177 countries) across the globe, but the severity of the infection and number of deaths is not the same everywhere. The US is leading in the number of infected cases as well as in the number of deaths. Next comes the major European countries including Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium and the UK. Some outliers for this spread of the virus include, Iran and Turkey. India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico and vast majority of the countries in Africa, with poor healthcare infrastructure have much lower infection rates and deaths due to COVID-19. All generalizations, speculations, working models, to a large extent have failed to explain the symptoms, infectious stages, immunogenicity, herd-immunity, pathogenesis, risk factors and the severity of the disease with respect to gender, age, ethnicity and comorbidities

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Citation: Gundu HR Rao. “COVID-19 and Cardiometabolic Diseases”. EC Cardiology 7.6 (2020): 08–12.

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