Manny Sethi Commentary: The National Media is Wrong, It’s About Prevention Not Discrimination

by Manny Sethi


The national media and the left never allow a crisis to go to waste in their attempts to divide our nation. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of COVID-19 recently found that over 40 percent of those who have been hospitalized are African-American and Hispanic — even though these groups make up a combined percentage of less than 27 percent of the general population. The media makes the claim that these patients are dying at higher rates and contracting the virus due to discrimination.

If there was ever a time to bring our country together, that time is now. But instead when you turn on the television or read the papers, you are hit with nonsense meant to split our nation in a time of crisis. As a surgeon dealing with this crisis firsthand, I have lost personal friends in New York on the front lines, and I have watched families grieve. The truth is this: the media is pointing out statistics, like those from the CDC, and then offering baseless explanations for them.

Here are the facts: this coronavirus preys upon people who are already sick – patients with problems in their lungs or heart, patients with diabetes, folks with immune system issues. Many health disparities exist among our minority populations, especially the diseases mentioned above, that put these communities at a much higher risk to suffer the wrath of the coronavirus. These communities are at a higher risk, not because of any sort of intentional discrimination, but instead because of their existing health challenges.

It is for this very reason that I have traveled the state with my wife Maya over the last ten years taking care of patients with our nonprofit Healthy Tennessee. We are trying to get folks to think about getting on the front side of their own health through prevention. Many places we traveled are food deserts, places with no physicians, and areas with no green spaces or places to take a walk. Our challenge in America is that we spend so much time treating disease, we never talk about prevention and promoting wellness. The healthcare industry will pay $10,000 for diabetes management, but we won’t spend $10 for pre-diabetic education. Those big medical bills certainly make sense for the lobbyists and Washington politicians taking healthcare special interest money, but for everyone else it’s a bad deal – plain and simple.

Preventative healthcare is more critical now than ever before in the face of this coronavirus pandemic. Lack of health education dramatically increases the risk of disease, and if we are to do battle effectively we must get healthy. Basic lifestyle modifications can get our country healthy again, save billions of dollars, and make us stronger in the face of the next pandemic. If we are to truly make a difference in the lives of the African American and Hispanic populations, let’s do something meaningful and tackle these health disparities and focus on prevention. Let’s not let this crisis go to waste.

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Dr. Manny Sethi is a trauma surgeon and conservative outsider running for U.S. Senate here in Tennessee. You can learn more about him at
Photo “Manny Sethi” by Manny Sethi.






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5 Thoughts to “Manny Sethi Commentary: The National Media is Wrong, It’s About Prevention Not Discrimination”

  1. LEdwards

    Dr Sethi,
    This is so simple and makes perfect sense! Thank you for your impute.

  2. Betty Duley

    Excellent article by Dr. Sethi. One of the things that we should do ASAP is develop a list of food items that can be purchased with welfare dollars. This list should be based solely on nutritional value. The existing conditions that make people more susceptible to new disease such as this virus are well studied. We know the foods and lifestyles that contribute to those conditions. Welfare dollars should not cover those foods or items. The government should not be paying to make people less healthy. I commend Dr. Sethi and his wife in their generous, caring efforts.

    1. Ron Welch

      Betty, excellent suggestion, but unfortunately the FDA has decreed that only a drug can “prevent, treat or cure” a disease. It’s a fascist system for the pharmaceutical industry. Nutritional or other natural means are ignored or suppressed. The mainstream media get massive ad money from the pharmaceutical companies and consequently they do not allow those means to be mentioned or advertised. Otherwise, there would be public service announcements and public officials admonishing the standard precautions, social distsncing AND the enhancement of health and immune system strengthening. They OMIT the latter since they only want medical and pharmaceutical solutions which includes a vaccine which certain authoritarians want to be MANDATORY instead of pro choice as everyone’s 4th Amendment right to be “secure in their persons”. It’s a travesty of, at best, willful ignorance.

  3. CollegeGrover

    Well stated Dr. Sethi. Thank you for a good dose of common sense and opposing those who seek to gain a political advantage by screaming racism at every turn.

  4. Ron Welch

    Wow! Excellent commentary, Dr. Sethi. Imagine that, a doctor who wants to educate our people on how to be healthy rather than only focusing on treating the symptoms or disease after the fact–or worse, to depend on some future vaccine which some authoritarians want to force on us and make billions for the pharmaceutical industry and those in officialdom who do their bidding.

    I do agree that “healthcare is a right”, therefore it is not something that can be mandated on us by government force. It is mostly something we do ourselves and choose to be healthy and manage risks with preventative knowledge and information, like lifestyle and nutrition. We only hear about the standard precautions to avoid infection, but we need to apply positive things like very effective nutritional aspects like Vitamin C, D, magnesium and zinc which are very effective in immune health to prevent viral infections are making their symptoms very mild.

    Thanks again, Dr. Sethi.