4-5-2020 More Good News on Recoveries 

There are now more than 260,000 recoveries from COVID-19.  This number is certainly too low given that anybody who had a case that hasn't been detected because they had minimal or no symptoms has not been counted.

Today's map from John's Hopkins:

We need a lot more people like this to end this pandemic!

DIY Cloth Face Mask - No Sewing Required 

You can make this simple cloth face mask to cover your face when out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You only need a napkin, scarf or some other square piece of fabric that is big enough to do the job.

According to the Washington Post, the CDC may change their policy on masks by suggesting people use a cloth face covering so that medical masks can be used by the doctors and nurses who need them for close contact with patients.

Here's my video. It's simple.

 

Other countries have had great success with using masks to fight the spread of coronavirus.  There's a great video from the Czech Republic that explains their success and why they believe they work.  This is well worth watching.

#masks4all

 

Head of Chinese CDC: Not Wearing Masks is a Mistake 

Dr. George Gao, the Director of the Chinese CDC says that the US and Europe are making a big mistake not wearing masks to fight the spread of COVID-19.

This ABC News report says that even Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Trump are reconsidering the policy that masks are not useful in the battle against coronavirus. I think a big change is coming on this policy.

 

Everybody Should Wear a Mask and Gloves for COVID-19 

The official recommendation is that masks don't do any good for the little people who just want to avoid getting or transmitting coronavirus which causes COVID-19.

The first thing the government should have done was to get medical grade masks and gloves to everyone.  It should have been much easier can cheaper than all the other things they are trying but it didn't happen.  Instead they just try to make people feel powerless which also makes people afraid.

This excellent article in the Washington Post, written by a research scientist at the University of San Francisco, shoots down the idea that masks do no good and advocates that even a DIY mask is better than nothing at all:

When I first started wearing a mask in public, I felt a bit odd. But I reminded myself I’m helping my community, and I’m sure in the coming weeks people who don’t wear masks will be the ones who feel out of place. Now I’m trying to encourage everyone to join me — and to get their friends to wear masks, too — with a social media campaign around #masks4all.

The government should be supplying them to everyone, first to medical personnel, then to everyone else. They aren't complicated or expensive to make and many millions could be produced in a short time.

Doctors and nurses use them to protect themselves and their patients.  They would work for everybody else, too.  Until that happens why not empower ourselves by DIY.

 

More Talk About Natural Immunity to COVID-19 As More People Survive 

I've been writing about natural immunity to COVID-19 since January 26, 2020.  That's two month ago.

As more people survive, the media is starting to focus on them and how valuable their immunity will be in winning the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

This video is from CBS News and talks about the antibodies the survivors carry.  According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now 131,700 survivors around the world.  I'm sure there are many more because, as this video points out, there are probably plenty of people who had the virus and never knew it.  As antibody tests become more available, we will be able to identify them. 

The woman in this video who survived COVID-19 says she feels like Superwoman.   There will soon be many more like her.

 

Here is today's map from Johns Hopkins University.

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3-22-2020 - A Lot More People Recover from COVID-19 Than Die from It 

Each day the news about coronavirus COVID-19 keeps getting worse.  A few hundred Italians die every dayThe Spanish death toll is increasing rapidly.  It's not just older, sick people who are becoming seriously ill but many younger people as wellHospitals will soon be unable to treat all the patients who are seriously ill and will be forced to make choices about who lives and who diesPeople are losing their jobs and many won't be able to survive economically unless they get some immediate help. The stock market is crashing faster than it ever has before.  This list goes on.

There are plenty of news articles about the dark side. The good news is, as of today, there all almost 100,000 people who have contracted coronavirus and survived it.  This is far more that the 14,700 who have died from it.  The number of people who have recovered is lower than it will be because when people get sick they get tested.  If they test positive they are immediately counted among the total cases "confirmed."  It can take two weeks  or longer for all symptoms to go away when a patient will be called "recovered."  So the number of recovered lags way behind the confirmed number.

We know that the mortality rate is somewhere around 2-3%, so 97-98% of people will ultimately recover. If the health care system becomes overwhelmed, however, that mortality rate will most certainly increase. There are going to be a lot of difficult times before we have a substantial population of people who have recovered and who have developed a natural immunity to COVID-19. The more of them, the faster we can get over this.  It's going to happen and it's something to be thankful for.

Today's JHU COVID-19 map:

I have written several articles in COVID-19 and you can see them all on my blog page.

I also have written and recorded a couple of songs that might interest you. "A Better Life" which I released about six months ago, is built on Morse Code for SOS.  Some lyrics from it are, "I'm troubled by the state of things, afraid for all mankind."  

"Billion Dollar Pill" was written in 2011 when we were in the depths of the last economic crash.  I knew we were going to get back there again and here we are.

They both seem prescient right now.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Released from Hospital 

Since most people who are infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) develop a resistance to it and recover, it is not a surprise that actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress/singer Rita Wilson have been released from the hospital in Australia, after testing positive for the virus.  They are now self-quarantining at their home in Australia.

When they fully recover they should possess a natural immunity to COVID-19 and will be free to go about their lives without concern for getting infected and possibly dying.  They also should not be able to infect others with virus from their own bodies though I can think of ways they might transfer the virus from an infected person to an uninfected person. Shaking hands with an infected person and then shaking hands with an uninfected person is an example.

They are not the only celebrities to become infected.  I hope that people pay attention to the recoveries of celebrities.  As they see more an more people recover and become immune to the virus, they will realize that getting infected, and becoming a person who will help end the pandemic might be better than constantly living in isolation and fear.  There has to be a better balance between social isolation and completely shutting down life and the economy, and helping healthy people successfully get a natural immunity to COVID-19.  Such people are the key to beating this pandemic.

It's also important that both Tom and Rita are over 60 and it has been reported that they both have underlying health conditions.  If you believe the media on this, you would think they should both be dead.  Remember that about 98% of those who get infected do survive and become naturally immune.

All the best to Tom and Rita and the thousands of others who have recovered and are in the process of recovering right now. 

There is evidence that "undocumented cases" are the cause of most new infections.  Those are people who have the virus without significant symptoms.  The fact that they haven't been detected means they are not included in the statistics for total cases, or the number of people who have "recovered" from the pandemic.  This makes the mortality rate look higher than it really is.

It might be tempting to think that the undocumented cases are the cause of the epidemic.  COVID-19 is the cause.  Some might think that they should be identified as soon as possible and quarantined.  But the fact is from a biological and genetic viewpoint, they are the solution to the problem.  They possess a genetic resistance to this disease.  They should be celebrated because they are the salvation of our species with regard to COVID-19 and probably other closely related pathogens.  They will probably pass their resistance on to their offspring.

WE NEED MORE TESTING AND NOW!

I've written a number of articles about topic on my blog.

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3-15-2020 Number of Coronavirus Survivors Continues to Grow 

As you can see from today's COVID-19 map from Johns Hopkins University, the number of people who have survived a coronavirus infection continues to increase rapidly. The more people who get infected, the greater the number of people who beat the infection by developing a natural immunity to the virus.  Once a person has a natural immunity it is likely that they cannot be infected again or transmit the infection to others. They're free!

Currently numbers:

Cases: 162,687

Recovered: 75,620

Deaths: 6,065

The number of survivors is 12 times the number of deaths.  The number of deaths probably is distorting the real mortality rate because there are almost certainly people who are infected but have symptoms that are so mild that they never get tested or feel sick.  Such people will also not be counted among those recovered.  This will also make the numbers look more dismal than they really are.  (Update 3/16/2020:  A Chinese study confirms that there are many undocumented cases and they are responsible for most of the spread of the disease.)

We won't know the true scope of this pandemic until we have more testing!

I'd also like to point out that the number of cases in the southern hemisphere is starting to grow.  Many people believe that the coronavirus infection rate will slow down as the northern hemisphere moves into summer.  But it is the end of summer in the southern hemisphere and they appear to be getting a steady increase in cases.  We'll have to wait on that one.

For more on why the recoveries are so important check out this article

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3-13-2020 - Natural Immunity to COVID-19 is a Human Right 

Coronavirus COVID-19 is causing the human race to make major, life-disrupting changes to how we live our lives.  A little tiny virus, that can't even be seen with the naked eye, is bringing the most intelligent species on our planet to its knees.

Entire countries like Italy are being shut down in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.  We are all being encouraged, sometimes forced, to practice social distancing by avoiding any unnecessary contact with others including social events, large and small.  Large events like major sports events, concerts, etc. are being cancelled to slow down transmission of the virus.

The purpose of this is to "flatten the curve."  Public health authorities are hoping that slowing the rate of infections will keep the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.  Once the number of sick people exceeds the ability of our health infrastructure to care for them, it's possible that the mortality rate could increase because the sick can't get even the most basic treatment.

We are already seeing an embarrassing and some might say shameful shortage of testing supplies.  The US is far behind other countries in its ability to test for the virus.  Let's hope that we don't see the same shortages with doctors, nurses, disinfectants, drugs or anything else that will help us fight this pandemic.

What happens if the doctors, nurses, lab technicians, scientists, police, military personnel start getting sick?  What about people in really important jobs who are running our most important computer systems or social benefit systems?

Social distancing and flattening the curve to slow in the infection rate is only half of the solution.  Ultimately, people need to be immune from getting sick for things to return to normal.  We are being told that vaccines are being developed and will be soon tested.  But we should not forget that vaccines are a relatively new invention.  Before that, we had a reliable and free way to become immune.  When you got infected you got sick and your body developed a natural immunity to the disease so you won't get it again.  This remarkable process has evolved over billions of years and has preserved and advanced life on our planet.  That ability if still there, but keeping people from getting infected will defeat that natural process and make it impossible for people to develop a natural immunity to COVID-19 and possibly other closely related viruses as well.

Natural immunity saved our species through many epidemics, many far more serious and deadly than coronavirus.  Polio, tuberculosis, smallpox, the Black Plaque, the Spanish Flu are just a few examples.  They had much higher mortality rates than COVID-19 and could leave people crippled or scarred for life even when they survived.  But the fact is that even in the most serious epidemics, some people survive because they have a stronger genetic resistance. They pass this resistance on to their offspring who are then naturally immune to the disease.  It's called evolution and it has worked for billions of years.

From what we know so far, COVID-19 produces a relatively mild flu in most healthy people under 60, but much greater complications and even death in people who are older and/or have underlying health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Getting COVID-19 is not like getting polio, malaria or smallpox.  Somewhere around 97-98% of the people who get coronavirus will survive, and most importantly, they will be immune from getting it in the future.  They won't be able to spread it, they will be able to live normal lives again, taking public transportation, going to work, attending large sporting events, etc. 

Those who are preaching social distancing are also holding out hope that an effective vaccine is coming soon.  I've heard estimates of 12-18 months.  It will be costly to develop and costly to distribute.  Compare that to becoming immune in two weeks for free, in a way that has proven effective for millions of years in humans and their close evolutionary ancestors.  That's what will happen if you are healthy and get infected with COVID-19. 

Actor, Tom Hanks, and his wife Rita Wilson are both ill from coronavirus in Australia.  The wife of Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, is also infected.  She is now recovering while her husband is in self-imposed quarantine.  Assuming they have mild cases of this flu, Hanks, Wilson and Gregoire Trudeau will all be immune from the disease when they recover.  It sounds very liberating to me.

I'm not suggesting that anybody should be forced to become infected with COVID-19.  But nobody should be prevented from using their body's immune system to develop a natural immunity to this coronavirus as long as they do it responsibly and avoid infecting others who do not wish to make the same choice.  To deny anybody the right to become immune to a major pandemic by getting sick for a short time can only be viewed as assault on their natural right of self-defense.

Here is today's chart from Johns Hopkins University.  Most people, including myself have been fixated on the number of cases and deaths.  But the really important number is "recovered".  Those people are now liberated from the threat of coronavirus. They also can't spread it to anyone else.  They don't have to wear a hazmat suit to protect them from COVID-19.  Unfortunately, they are not yet liberated from hysteria over it.  None of us are.

Total cases:  145,369

Deaths:  5,429

Recovered: 71,694

We need to add scheduled, voluntary infections to the social isolation model.  Some scheduling is important to help flatten the curve. We can use some social isolation to slow down unintended infections, and use scheduled, voluntary infections to build an army of people who are naturally resistant to COVID-19.

I just add that all of this is based on information we have about coronavirus so far which suggests it causes a relatively mild flu in younger, healthy people.  It's possible that there is some more permanent damage that has not yet been discovered or reported. If that is the case then it makes no sense for people to become infected just to develop natural immunity.

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3-9-2020 COVID-19 Seattle, the World and the Stock Market 

My last post on coronavirus was three days ago.  At that point there were just over 102,000 cases worldwide.  Today there are more than 113,000 worldwide, an increase of more than 11,000, or more than 10% in just three days. The number of deaths has exceeding 4,000.

As testing becomes more available we'll probably see even bigger jumps in the numbers.

I live seven miles from Seattle and my city had no cases--until yesterday.  Now we have one, a male in his 60's.  They have not provided any additional information and say they won't unless public health depends on it.  Things are pretty quiet around here with fewer cars on the roads, less people out and about and businesses seeing some substantial declines in customers.  That will probably slow the spread of the virus but it's also totally spooking the stock market which saw its biggest point decline ever today.  Saudi Arabia also started an oil price war which isn't helping the market either.

Another important development is that Italy, which has the largest number of deaths outside of China, has put the entire country on lockdown.

I'm over 60 so I'm spending a lot of time at home.  I can't wait until testing is easy and cheap like The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is working on.  They are hoping to roll out a program in the Seattle area initially because it is the hardest hit area in the country as well as the Gates hometown. People will be able to make better informed decisions about how to deal with their own situation.

Here is today's map from John's Hopkins:

Total cases: 113,739

Total deaths: 4,016

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