Here is a possibility for Covid-19.
There is evidence that it could be over effectively, with either Ivermectin, or a Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) + zinc regime. The evidence on the efficacy of the latter for early stage treatment and prophylaxis is incredibly strong now. See: COVID-19 Treatment – Analysis of 107 global studies, with many showing high effectiveness for early treatment
|107 studies (62 peer reviewed)
COVID deaths: 970,478
|Global HC Q studies. PrEP, PEP, and early treatment studies show efficacy, while late treatment shows mixed results.|
There is something incredibly rotten in various health bureaucracies. This doctor outlines a case of malfeasance going back decades, driven by ruthless profit making: https://jpands.org/vol25no3/merritt.pdf. It rings true to me.
With respect to Hydroxychlorquine, there are 107 studies now. Some are good, some are not so good; some appear designed to fail, and a couple were entirely fraudulent, but overall, the evidence to me says that authorities are killing thousands of people with their approach in various countries, and saving thousands in others. Some of these authorities are undoubtedly rotten to the core, and some are just embracing group think and looking at bad, bad science.
My friend Elizabeth Woodworth has written about the Hydroxychloroquine issues:
- The Battle for Pandemic Sanity: Hydroxychloroquine Efficacy vs. Its Suppression By , September 17, 2020
- Remdesivir for Covid-19: $1.6 Billion for a “Modestly Beneficial” Drug? By , August 27, 2020
- Leaked: “Deadly” Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to treat Covid 19: How the World’s Top Medical Journals, The Lancet and NEJM, Were Cynically Exploited by Big Pharma By , August 13, 2020
- Academia Stoops to Defamation over Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Groundless Accusations against 2 World-class Scientists By , August 09, 2020
- The Media Sabotage of Hydroxychloroquine Use for COVID-19: Doctors Worldwide Protest the Disaster By , June 30, 2020
In lieu of Hydroxychloroquine, the cheap supplements Quercitin, Zinc, Vitamins D3 and C, and any others you might choose to throw into the mix are, to a high degree of probability, quite protective. Quercitin, a bioflavinoid, is in various fruits and vegetables, but I like to keep my sugar intake low, so use a supplement. Even the evil Dr. Fauci is recommending D and C now. Zinc is well supported as an anti-viral plus.
This is speculation of course, but we may not get a true second wave. It is possible that there is enough pre-existing T-cell immunity (for instance, see https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/immune-cells-common-cold-may-recognize-sars-cov-2 ) and enough natural immunity (strong immune system – nutrition, stress levels, sleep, genetics, epi-genetics, …) that the infection has peaked in many places, and is now sputtering with a long tail of low deaths. It is to be hoped that such is the case. I wrote this a few days ago: https://ephektikoi.ca/blog/2020/09/16/covid-19-speculation-sept-16-2020/
Diagnosis of cases creeping up, deaths staying low. Reasons? Varied I am sure. However, that long tail on death statistics still represents lives lost unnecessarily.
Not all countries show the same pattern, but if you break the numbers out regionally, things become a little clearer. Areas that have not had bad infection rates start to show worse numbers, and this can make the overall country statistics look like a second wave is occurring, but this may only be a new region starting to develop cases. Speculation again. In any case, this may be what we are seeing with the case numbers.
None of this says that if we are in a vulnerable category – age, existing co-morbidities – we should relax our vigilance, our efforts to control infection. I believe in the efficacy of social distances, limited contacts, wearing a mask when I can’t keep my distance, keeping out of poorly ventilated spaces, and recreating out-of-doors. Also, even if you are not likely to be vulnerable, you can still transmit the infection to those who are. Anything you can do to reduce your personal viral load is to the good. Anything you can do to reduce any viral inoculum you are transmitting is to the good. This is not just the flu in a number of dimensions. See for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy1kdZhXsP8 and also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy1kdZhXsP8