Does it do more harm than good to post stories like this?
Clearly there’s an enormous cohort of people here and elsewhere whose interest in the human toll from this disease extends little further than their own personal well-being. They’re young, they’re healthy, they’re (probably) safe. End of discussion for them.
Per the latest numbers from Italy, it is indeed almost universally true that people who die from COVID-19 itself are old and/or suffer from some other malady. But a lot hangs on the definition of “malady.” The preexisting conditions some of the dead had weren’t severe diseases like cancer. They were fairly routine health problems in the U.S. like high blood pressure or diabetes.