According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are more than 300,000 deaths per year in the United States due to obesity.

Obesity-related deaths include high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, heart attacks, and other premature deaths.

With everyone staying home, there’s presumably less exercise and more eating. It’s not a stretch to suggest most adults and children can all walk away from our self-quarantine with an extra 19 pounds, otherwise known as the Covid 19.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 deaths are ranging around 22,000, as of this writing.

Certainly, and unfortunately, there will be more deaths, before this is over. But are we trading one potentially lethal disease for another? As of now, most signs point to the inevitable finale of the coronavirus to come up way short of the 300,000 obesity-related deaths in the United States.

It’s not even close to the annual tens of thousands of flu-related deaths we expect and tolerate every year.

I understand the need for action and precaution, but I think there’s also a need to put some of the decisions we’re making in perspective and at least ask the questions.