Chronic Disease: Key to COVID-19 Deaths

In a version of a talk he has delivered during grand rounds at medical schools around the country, CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman groups various common causes of death into one of five categories: chronic, microbic, genetic, kinetic, or toxic.

The chronic disease bucket includes conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and kidney disease. Microbic deaths are caused by things like ebola, malaria, and SARS-COV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 outbreak. The genetic bucket includes conditions such as Tay-Sachs and cystic fibrosis, kinetic examples include car crashes and falls, and the toxic bucket includes deaths caused by nerve agents, snake bites, and botulism, for example.

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