Sunny day here in Victoria BC. A bit too warm for me. Another three days or so and all will be revealed on our travel destination. Along with a recounting of our adventures along the way.
Right we’ve done the history of SARS/COV-2 and the mortality, which is a little higher than seasonal flu, but not by that much. So, what’s next on the list Bill?
Today’s little missive isn’t masks, I covered that here, although I wonder about why people are being forced to wear the bloody things at this late stage of the game. It’s counter-intuitive because the figures say that the death count is bumping along the bottom and the increase in cases can be firmly laid at the door of increased testing, false positives and obsessive stats gathering on a pandemic virus that has long since morphed into an endemic disease. The long and short of it is ; if you haven’t had a bout of SARS/COV-2 (Coving-19) by now you’re not going to catch it unless you’ve been living in splendid isolation on a remote mountain top. Masks at this point are effectively worthless in non-professional use.
The subject of my blog post today is treatments. How good are they? What is the reduction of mortality for each upon which I touched briefly yesterday with Dr Campbell’s video on Vitamin D, which, taken as a prophylactic (Protective) supplement tablet dose between 2,000-3,000 International Units (UI) a day can reduce vulnerability. Must be taken daily for the first four days as it takes that long to percolate into your system. Thereafter a dose of 1,000UI every day will suffice if you can’t get any sunbathing in.
For those of you unwilling to sit through the good Doctors presentation, Vitamin D reduces the admission to ICU ratio of the infected from 50% to, wait for it 2%. Two percent Bill? Hells bells, that’s a big reduction and no mistake where do I get me some of that? Answer, on the ‘supplements’ shelves in your local pharmacy or health food store. Cod liver oil capsules work too. Three 500UI capsules a day to start with, then decrease to two thereafter will give you a rough equivalent dose.
Children and those under twenty don’t have to worry too much. Get them out in the sunshine to play or laze about (Not hard with most teenagers). Up to age 25 or 6 you’re usually pretty bulletproof anyway, unless the viral load is so heavy it’s like playing in raw sewage, like in a hospital or care home, or you are wearing a cloth mask that doesn’t get washed properly after each use. So a daily top up dose of 500-1000UI may be enough to send SARS/COV-2 packing with a flea in it’s ear.
For dealing with actual infections rather than as a pure prophylactic dose, something a bit more heavy duty is required. Fortunately a Belgian study has confirmed that ICU admissions can be significantly reduced in the case of SARS/COV-2 by as much as thirty percent and the subsequent mortality even further. Okay, Bill, so what is this miracle drug? Okay, I’ll tell you, but I won’t be responsible for the screaming from certain people. It’s our old anti-malarial friend Hydroxychloraquine with zinc supplement and the antibiotic Azithromycin. It works. We have data to prove it. It’s cheap and available and the dose is the standard anti-malarial regimen of 400mg on the first and second days and 200mg thereafter up to seven days total. Any more is far too much, as other studies have shown. HCQ, I might add, is no good on it’s own, but in tandem with zinc supplements taken orally and a suitable antibiotic has been shown to be an effective treatment when applied in the early stages of infection.
Yes, yes, that horrible Trump man said it might be worth looking into, so some of you will be leaping up and down like demented chimps, but sorry chaps, the science is in. This treatment works when applied correctly. Throw the masks away and stop waiting for that vaccine. There are workable treatments. So, pandemic over. Sorry if the drama levels have dropped below those you feel vindicates your hysterical world-view. No I’m not. I lied.
For the curious; the HCQ/Zinc/Azithromycin regime works as follows; HCQ allows a gateway for the zinc into the right cells, the zinc blocking SARS/COV-2 from using your white cells as a nursery to breed more SARS/COV-2. The antibiotic Azithromycin is tacked on to the treatment regimen as a broad spectrum mop up for any bacterial infections that try to take advantage while your immune system is depressed by the viral infection.
Other anti-viral treatments seem to be efficacious too. Most protease inhibitors used to treat other coronaviruses seem to have some reduction in the viruses ability to replicate and so threaten people’s well being. Remdesivir, Ivermectin and a few others reduce the viruses impact too. One suggested treatment that was being researched back in June was an anti-viral routinely used on cats for heavens sake.
So yes, there are worthwhile (and cheap) treatments out there, but too many politicians seem to be too frightened to make a judgement call and let the doctors do their thing. In the meantime society and the economy is being destabilised by the fearmongers who need to be taken out and thrown in a cesspit to see if they can swim. Maybe they’ll feel right at home.