Brent Simmons has written a blog post that does a good job of explaining my greatest fear about COVID. It’s not just about whether or not I might die if I got the disease, it’s how much it might ruin my health, forever, if I got the disease.

I think far too many people are just looking at the death rates and thinking COVID is no worse than the flu or pneumonia, which have their risks but low probability of resulting in death without pre-existing conditions.

The problem with those comparisons is that we know much more about those illnesses than we know about COVID. The unknown consequences increase risk to everyone because we know of people who are otherwise in good health becoming seriously ill and even dying.