Having a A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronic is often applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic diseases include arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and some viral diseases such as hepatitis C and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. or being immunocompromised im·mu·no·com·pro·mised | \ ˌi-myə-nō-ˈkäm-prə-ˌmīzd : having the immune system impaired or weakened (as by drugs or illness). contributes significantly to your likelihood of dying from COVID-19 \ ˈkō-vid-nīn-ˈtēn : a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets), and is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure. , the disease of the novel coronavirus co·ro·na·vi·rus : any of a family (Coronaviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a lipid envelope studded with club-shaped projections, infect birds and many mammals including humans, and include the causative agents of MERS, SARS, and COVID-19. What is at the root of chronic diseases and immunocompromised status? Dr. Lewis shows, through searching in the PubMed National Library of Medicine database, a strong connection between pre-existing infections of a chronic nature and chronic diseases. These stealth chronic infections, like Lyme disease are present in almost everyone and they tie up immune system : the bodily system that protects the body from foreign substances, cells, and tissues by producing the immune response and that includes especially the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissue (as in the gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow), macrophages, lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, and antibodies. “band width.” This is the basis of being immunocompromised. Within our bodies is a constant battle between survival, our immune health, a pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites). PubMed proves that the medical research community understands these stealth infections but this information is NOT being used in clinical practice. Cardiovascular disease is not due to a “statin deficiency” and diabetes is not due to a “metformin deficiency.” These drugs simple improve biomarker “numbers” a do not change the trajectory of the diseases. Instead, they manage symptoms. A root-cause of these diseases is infection in·fec·tion | \ in-ˈfek-shən a : the state produced by the establishment of one or more pathogenic agents (such as a bacteria, protozoans, or viruses) in or on the body of a suitable host b : a disease resulting from infection. If you want to protect yourself from dying from COVID-19, you need to test for these infections, identify “causal” organism, and then treat them to restore yourself to optimal health.