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5-21-2020 - When A Vaccine is More Dangerous Than the Disease 

The media has done a great job of whipping up fear and hysteria around the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.

The government is throwing billions of dollars into developing a vaccine and there is much discussion among drug companies and doctors about ways to vaccinate everyone on the planet.

An article in Smithsonian Magazine tells what happens when fear mongering greases the path for a hastily developed vaccine.  Swine flu was not as deadly as the vaccine they invented to prevent it.  

This all happened in the spring, with emergency legislation for the “National Swine Flu Immunization Program,” being signed into effect in mid-April. By the time immunizations began on Oct. 1, though, the proposed epidemic had failed to emerge (although Legionnaires' Disease had, confusing matters further.) 

“With President Ford’s reelection campaign looming on the horizon, the campaign increasingly appeared politically motivated,” Kreston writes. In the end, one journalist at The New York Times went so far as to call the whole thing a “fiasco.” Epidemiology takes time, politics is often about looking like you’re doing something and logistics between branches of government are extremely complicated. These factors all contributed to the pandemic that never was. 

The real victims of this pandemic were likely the 450-odd people who came down with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, after getting the 1976 flu shot. On its website, the CDC notes that people who got the vaccination did have an increased risk of “approximately one additional case of GBS for every 100,000 people who got the swine flu vaccine.”

Pandemic not as bad as originally predicted.  Election on the horizon. Rush to force vaccinations on as many people as possible.  Does this all sound a little familiar?

Pay attention.  I have the feeling we're about to see history repeat itself.

As of today, almost 2 million people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19 without a vaccine.  They have their natural immunity to thank for their recovery, a natural immunity that most other human being possess as well.

Here's today COVID-19 map from Johns Hopkins.

5-4-2020 Over 1.1 Million Have Recovered from COVID-19 

While this number is certainly smaller than the actual number, it's great to see that over 1.1 million people around the world have recovered from COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus currently sweeping the globe.

Here is today's chart:

President Trump is currently predicting there will be a vaccine by the end of the year.  This prediction should be taken with a truckload of salt.  Just a few days ago Trump suggested that injecting household disinfectants could be an effective treatment for COVID-19.  

The fact is that there is currently no vaccine and nobody knows when one will be available.  Over 30 years ago they were optimistically predicting we would soon have a vaccine against HIV, the virus the causes AIDS, but one has not been found.

Natural antibodies to the coronavirus are created when people have COVID-19 and so far there have not been any cases of people getting sick twice from the disease.  The people with the natural "herd" immunity are the solution to the pandemic, but currently polices which prevent the virus from spreading, are slowing down the creation of natural immunity in our population.  They also make it far more likely that we'll have a second wave of the pandemic in the fall, something that would not happen if we had a much larger number of people who have recovered from the disease.

See also:

Asymptomatic Coronavirus Carriers Are the Solution, Not the Problem 

Natural Immunity to COVID-19 is a Human Right

4-23-2020 - Asymptomatic Coronavirus Carriers are the Solution Not the Problem 

The number of people worldwide who have recovered from COVID-19 is now 738,500.  These people now have some natural immunity to coronavirus.  The actual number of people recovered is certainly much higher than that because several recent studies have shown that about 50% of people with coronavirus have no symptoms.  These studies were in Los Angeles, the USS Roosevelt, a homeless shelter in Boston, Santa Clara County in California, and perhaps the most important was the entire country of Iceland which has done more testing than any other county.

Since most of the disease is spread by the asymptomatic carriers who don't even know they are infected, people assume they are the problem and they should all be quarantined.  But keep in mind that if those numbers hold true over time, it means that half of the people they infect will never get sick.  Those people are a huge step toward having a natural herd immunity to COVID-19.  If we lock them all up, we'll never develop herd immunity and this pandemic will persist until there is a vaccine. If there is ever a vaccine. Nobody knows when that will be.  A recent study showed there are already more that 30 strains. The more strains, the more difficult it is to develop a universal vaccine.  They have been working on a vaccine for HIV for more than 30 years and still haven't found one.

As I discussed in my previous post, Natural Immunity to COVID-19 is a Human Right, why wait for a vaccine when natural immunity is free, superior and available now.

The media is only focused on how many are dying even though they are still a very small number of the people who get infected.  Most of these asymptomatic carriers are not even included in the statistics due to the lack of testing.  When they are included they will probably lower the mortality rate to something around 1%.

Here is today's map from Johns Hopkins University.

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4-8-2020 Number of People With Natural Immunity to Coronavirus Surging 

With the media largely focused on the number of new COVID-19 cases and then number of deaths, the number of people who have survived doesn't get as much attention.  There are now over 318,000 who have recovered.  That is an increase of over 55,000 in just three days.  Most likely, these people now possess antibodies to coronavirus and have a natural immunity to it.  They should have nothing to fear from it from this point forward.  The faster this number increases, the faster we will establish a herd immunity in our population and life will return to normal, although most of us don't really know what normal is these days.

There are most likely many people who have had the virus but cleared it without showing any symptoms because the genetic resistance is stronger than people who do become symptomatic or very sick.  Until we have widespread access to antibody testing we won't know the number who have a natural immunity so strong that they never progressed to a full-blown illness.

I discussed natural immunity to coronavirus which causes COVID-19 in a previous post, Natural Immunity to COVID-19 is a Human Right, and several other posts on this blog as well.

Today's map from Johns Hopkins University

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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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