Category Archives: Covid19

Covid-19: On Fear

A close friend, who was also a patient, once told me (after he was diagnosed with melanoma) that, when a child, his father, a physician, was also diagnosed with a terminal illness, but was strangely calm and collected about it. When my friend asked him about it, he replied that ‘a frightened person dies a

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Covid-19: ABO Blood Type

  The media was awash with reports of a preprint (not-peer reviewed) report that individuals who are blood type A might be at more risk of Covid19 infection than those who are type O. The study was conducted by scientists and doctors from cities across China including Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Medical researchers in

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Covid-19: Pioneering

Covid19: 03/19/2020 | Long Read On a recent thread a practitioner on my Facebook Group wrote about their anxiety and frustration in attempting to help an elderly friend from a distance. They wrote of their own fear and uncertainty and the overall lack of any guidance whatsoever with regard to just how to take care

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Covid-19: Should you take NSAIDS?

People have asked me about the risk of using NSAIDS like ibuprofen (Advil), for inflammation and fever, in situations such as Covid19. There is really two sides to the answer. NSAIDs like ibuprofen could increase levels of ACE2 (shown in animal models, but not in patients.) Most medical professional societies have not gone so far

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Covid-19: No Pussyfooting.

Covid19: 03/10/2020 Not for nothing, but by my calculations the chaos in the US and other secondary countries will hit in about 9-14 days. Use the next few days to get prepared for your own distancing, and make sure the sick and old geezers you look after are in at least semi-isolation by beginning of

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Covid-19: Numbers.

Covid-19: 03/08/2020 Italy announces quarantine that will involve 16 million people, as health care system in Lombardy nears collapse; 10-16% of infected need ICU care. Wuhan began large scale quarantine when number of infected hit 571. US now at 479 and administration still claiming that air travel safe for over 60+ age fliers. Masks. Ignore

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Covid-19 : Pool Shock

03/04/2020: Pool Shock If you’ve been reading my posts over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed I recommend ‘pool shock’ granules over liquid bleach as a surface disinfectant. Many online vendors sell , as do pool and hot tub supply stores. Pool shock is comparable to bleach when following the same principles for proper

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Covid-19: Fourth World Ventilators

If nCorV2019 hits pandemic levels the main issue will be availability of life support, since if even as little as 2-3% go onto severe respiratory issues, this would easily overwhelm the current inventory of hospital ventilators. The trick is provide positive airway pressure to keep the alveoli of the lungs open and allow the inflammation

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Covid-19: And in today’s bad news..

CoVD2019: 02/09/2020 And in today’s bad news. ‘Initially, the basic reproductive number, R0, was estimated to be 2.2 to 2.7. Here we provide a new estimate of this quantity… Integrating these estimates and high-resolution real-time human travel and infection data with mathematical models, we estimated that the number of infected individuals during early epidemic double

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Wuhan Coronavirus: 01/27/20

A nightmare scenario and a nothing-burger are just two possible Wuhan Coronavirus outcomes, and there’s a whole lot gray area in-between. This post is what I have been thinking about the last day or two. Keep in mind these are just my opinions and observations over a thin veneer of facts. And not much more.

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Wuhan Coronavirus : Mannose-binding lectins are inhibitors of SARS-like coronaviruses

Mannose-binding lectins are inhibitors of SARS-like coronaviruses. Best food sources of mannose-binding lectins? Monocots, such as leeks, garlic and onions. Fresh crushed garlic probably best. Mannose binding lectin (MBL) is also made internally via the MBL2 gene as part of the body’s immune complement system. Low levels of MBL are well-associated with immune compromise, most

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Wuhan Coronavirus: 01/19/2020

Wuhan Coronavirus (1/25/2020) Due to the latency of the virus, the effects of the current active public health measures underway, media fatigue, and the extensive (and largely terrible) coverage in the media, an inevitable (and understandable) backlash is the invariable result. Overly facile responses to what some consider ‘coronavirus hype’ often feature irresponsible comparisons of

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