Though I don’t regard my “Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough,” attitude to COVID — 19 coronavirus as kamekazi (I just have immense faith in my immune system,) I’m with you the rest ofg the way here Dounglas.
Coronavirus is a secondary infection, modern life is the real disease. Writing some time in the 1930s John Steinbeck nailed the modern global economy with the words, “The monster has to grow, if it cannot grow it dies, and if the monster is to grow it must be fed. ..” (probably not the exact words, it’s a log time since I read Grapes of Wrath,) but as you say humanity, whether slaves of the state in an authoritarian dictatorship like China, or people enslaved by their mortgages and debts in the ‘liberal democracies’ of the free world, we have all been on a treadmill called the global economy, forced to run faster and faster until, exhausted, we fall. Exhaustion weakens our immune system of course, and also causes our mental attitude to become negative, leading to depression and causingmany to seek refuge in unhealthy habits, such as drug abuse, bad eating (and yes, we have plenty of people who weight 300 pounds but are malnourished in Britain too,) and lack of exercise.
We live in unhealthy, crowded cities and towns, our social lives are increasingly managed and regulated and the social and economic pressures just keep piling up. Is it any wonder the most susceptible groups in society are falling victim to a disease which in the majority (because it still is a majority,) experience only mild symptoms, if any at all, from an infection closely related to the common cold.