Beat COVID with Great Health

Use habits and consistency to improve your odds

Jeff Hunsaker
4 min readSep 6, 2020


We know immunocompromised (fancy word time-existing health challenge) people are more likely to contract COVID and other afflictions. We’re also learning a large majority of COVID deaths are due to something called comorbidity, or multiple health conditions in addition to COVID.

In short, if you’re already battling one challenge, it’s tough to fend off a second. Ask the British about Yorktown in 1781 or any number of other battles across two fronts. It typically doesn’t turn out well.

Only an idiot tries to fight a war on two fronts, and only a madman tries to fight one on three. ~ David Eddings

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God forbid if you’re already fighting an affliction, I feel for you. Take extra precautions to keep yourself healthy and virus-free.

If you’re otherwise healthy, it’s time to prepare to beat COVID…and the countless other viruses coming our way.

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or health professional. Healthy folks have contracted COVID and other afflictions.

First, visit your doctor. You do have a doctor, right? You visit once a year, right? Work with your doctor to establish a baseline. Have your bloodwork done. Where do you stand? Prioritize and tackle any critical issues and concerns.

Next, we need to arrive at a system. Remember that last time you were all hyped to lose a few pounds? You threw away your entire pantry and bought that clothes rack (um, I mean that Peloton bike-sorry, Peloton, I meant no offense-cool bike).

Four recommendations here:

  • Read James Clear’s Atomic Habits
  • Create a support system
  • Track progress
  • Establish a reason (your “why”) that works for you

First, Atomic Habits. James Clear wrote a great book about getting just 1% better every day. He sets us up for success in analyzing a challenge and removing the barriers. Willpower and motivation will not be enough on this journey. We need to change the mindset and work incrementally to change our lifestyle. This will be a neverending journey (oops, sorry, I’m not supposed to say that-just ignore-keep…



Jeff Hunsaker

Curious technologist interested in writing, health, personal improvement, and continuous learning.