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I am writing this article in response to several publications recently about how elections are affecting people’s health.

NPR recently posted an article on election stress. The New York Times also posted a recent article on how people are suffering from health problems because of the election and its potential outcome. According to a survey from the American psychological Association, nearly 70% of respondent say the elections are a significant source of stress. Majority are worried about the country’s future. This is happening with both parties, Democrats and Republicans.

I have been through many election cycles and one thing was very common regardless of the outcome. The sky remained blue. This sun still came up. There was no red sky with evil black clouds rolling in as you would see in several horror movies. I still had to wake up in the morning, go to the bathroom, take a shower, and go about my normal day’s routine. I did not lose my job immediately after the election, nor did I notice any change in the way I interacted with my family, friends, and colleagues. …

There has been a lot of buzz lately about herd immunity and how it can stem the COVID-19 virus. Is this concept justified during the pandemic? There is heated debate, but the medical community is predominantly against herd immunity for COVID-19.

So before I get into some medical facts, I want you to picture this… if herd immunity, as it’s defined today, moves forward, there would be several susceptible people infected who cannot fight COVID-19 the way other people may fight it based on age or pre-existing conditions. As a result, there would be huge spikes in illness which would likely cause an increase in hospitalization rate and therefore put a heavy burden on the medical system. This is not about flattening the curve but spiking the curve. …


Sanjay Jain MD, MBA

Dr. Sanjay Jain is a New York Times Best Selling Author, Board Certified Physician, and Founder of the Wealth and Wellness Institute and Optimal Wealth Group

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