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Can HDL cholesterol over 60 protect you from coronavirus?

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Lower cholesterol predicts worse infection in two studies

There may be no such thing as 'bad' cholesterol. LDL is called "bad cholesterol" but there's little to no evidence that LDL hurts us, and there's reason to believe that lowering LDL with either medications or a high polyunsaturated fat diet hurts our health. Just as it's better to have high HDL than low HDL, recent studies on people hospitalized with coronavirus are consistent with numerous studies showing people with high LDL are healthier overall, including a superior ability to fight infection.

Comment: We at Sott have been singing the praises of cholesterol for years, pointing out its benefit for overall health. It's little surprise that having healthy cholesterol levels (not the levels pushed by the mainstream medical establishment) are protective against coronavirus (or any other virus, for that matter). A healthy body deals with infection more effectively than a body that is already sick.

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Possible 'coronavirus-related' condition emerging in UK children

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A serious coronavirus-related syndrome may be emerging in the UK, according to an "urgent alert" issued to doctors, following a rise in cases in the last two to three weeks, HSJ has learned.

An alert to GPs and seen by HSJ says that in the "last three weeks, there has been an apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multisystem inflammatory state requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions of the UK".

It adds: "There is a growing concern that a [covid-19] related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK, or that there may be another, as yet unidentified, infectious pathogen associated with these cases."

Little is known so far about the issue, nor how widespread it has been, but the absolute number of children affected is thought to be very small, according to paediatrics sources. The syndrome has the characteristics of serious covid-19, but there have otherwise been relatively few cases of serious effects or deaths from coronavirus in children. Some of the children have tested positive for covid-19, and some appear to have had the virus in the past, but some have not.

The fact that very few children have become seriously ill with the virus or died, compared to adults, remains the case.

Question

Quarantine - Is it worth it?

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In the beginning was the Word; the word of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) who put tremendous pressure on doctors, health officials and governments everywhere. He said from the beginning that the coronavirus is a grave health threat and "public enemy number one." About why he declared a pandemic, its a "Grave, alarming quick spreading disease, and an alarming amount of inaction around the world." For his actions and support of China he has lost the financial support of the United States. The U.S. provides the WHO with more than $400 million a year, the most of any nation.

The confusion and complexity of this crisis is truly extraordinary. So we can understand when Dr. Malcolm Kendrick says, "Unfortunately, it seems that COVID-19 has infected everyone involved in healthcare management and turned their brains into useless mush." Almost everyone is focused on the ongoing pandemic trying to come to some conclusions about the radical changes to everything that is being rammed down our collective throats.

Arrow Up

UK's weekly death toll during Covid-19 is high - but it's been worse in the past and we didn't shut down the economy then

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Trafalgar Square stands almost empty in London, Britain
The death statistics being used by supporters of a prolonged lockdown, whatever the costs to our jobs, businesses and health, need careful and sober analysis. They raise more questions than they answer.

Coronavirus is being touted as the worst pandemic of modern times, and we are told that excess deaths are reaching record highs. While technically accurate, one week's statistics demonstrate that this is not the whole picture.

Sky TV economics editor Ed Conway recently produced a chart entitled: 'The Worst Week Ever? Not quite, but not far off'.' He is referring to the fact that the total number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending April 10 - 18,516 deaths - remains lower than some weeks in previous flu seasons. These weeks include those in January 1970 (20,006 deaths), December 1989 (19,104 deaths) and January 2000 (18,646 deaths).

Conway rightly points out that those previous highs came at the peak of those years' flu seasons, and we are now in April. Conway claims that there has never been a week at this time of year as deadly as this. He may be right, but weekly figures from the Office of National Statistics only go back to 1970, and so do not include earlier pandemics such as the 1951 flu outbreak, the Asian flu pandemic of 1957-58, or, of course, the Spanish flu of 1918.

And there are other holes in Conway's analysis. Although there have been an abnormally high number of deaths this April, there have been certain demographic changes over the years that may have contributed to the overall picture. Let us look into what some of those could be.

Syringe

Pentagon study: Flu shot raises risk of coronavirus by 36% (and other supporting studies)

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On March 12th, 2020, Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta held a global town hall on "Corona Facts and Fears." During the discussion, Anderson said to the viewing audience, "And, again, if you are concerned about coronavirus, and you haven't gotten a flu shot...you should get a flu shot."

Setting safety and efficacy of influenza vaccination aside, is Anderson's claim that the flu shot will help people fight COVID-19 remotely true? The short answer is no.

In fact, the results of many peer-reviewed, published studies prove that Anderson's recommendation may have been the worst advice he could have given the public.

Comment: The Cochrane meta-analysis: New Cochrane Review: Flu vaccines fail 99%

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Smoking

Smoke Fags, Save Lives: The Remarkable Discovery That Smokers Are Far Less Likely to Contract COVID-19

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He'll be alright
There's not much to laugh about these days, but the news that smokers might be protected from Covid-19 is certainly one of them. With study after study showing that smokers are under-represented in coronavirus wards, the renowned French neuroscientist, Jean-Pierre Changeux, is working on a randomised control trial to test the effect of nicotine patches on Covid-19 patients.

This is far from being a crackpot theory. Changeux has explained his hypothesis at length here. In simple terms, he says that nicotinic acetylcholine receptors play a key role in the development of the disease and that nicotine can put a brake on it. If he is right - and the banter heuristic says he is - it would not only save thousands of lives but would also be one in the eye for the 'public health' groups who have been claiming that smoking and vaping are risk factors for Covid-19.

These groups are so used to lying with impunity that they wasted no time in asserting that smoking caused coronavirus complications when the pandemic began. In the US, newspapers have been filled with reports that smokers and vapers 'may' be at greater risk from Covid-19, a weasel word that requires no evidence. A group of doctors in New York urged governor Andrew Cuomo to ban the sale of all tobacco and e-cigarette products on the false premise that 'mounting evidence demonstrates the link between tobacco use and increased risk for progressive Covid-19'. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has been taking occasional breaks from flattering the Chinese Communist Party to make evidence-free assertions about smokers being 'likely' to suffer more from the coronavirus.

Comment: Now consider the sinister aspect of this 'discovery': since this 'pandemic' began, governments have been pushing to eliminate the sale of tobacco products faster and more completely than ever...

Ireland bans menthol cigarettes, rolling tobacco and all branding as part of EU's dictatorial anti-smoking directive

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Syringe

Cuomo loses big in court, medical exemption to vaccination strengthened in NY

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12-year-old autistic Thorn Schwarz was kicked out of school when Cuomo forced an "emergency regulation" in August of 2019 that illegally took away a valid medical exemption to vaccination Thorn had for years. Now not only has Thorn been allowed back into school permanently, judge Dan Doyle has reached a preliminary ruling that Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Health have "over-stepped" their authority.

That's real good!

It means we have come much closer to getting hundreds of disabled children back into school in New York with valid medical exemptions to vaccination! The case isn't over, but it is moving in the right direction. This is a major blow for Governor Cuomo and his Commissioner of Health Howard Zucker.

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Syringe

Bill Gates estimates coming pandemic could kill 30 million in 6 months - says we should prepare as if for war

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  • The next deadly disease that will cause a global pandemic is coming, Bill Gates said on Friday at a discussion of epidemics.
  • We're not ready.
  • An illness like the pandemic 1918 influenza could kill 30 million people within six months, Gates said, adding that the next disease might not even be a flu, but something we've never seen.
  • The world should prepare as it does for war, Gates said.
If there's one thing that we know from history, it's that a deadly new disease will arise and spread around the globe.

That could happen easily within the next decade. And as Bill Gates told listeners on Friday at a discussion about epidemics hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Journal of Medicine, we're not ready.

Gates acknowledged that he's usually the optimist in the room, reminding people that we're lifting children out of poverty around the globe and getting better at eliminating diseases like polio and malaria.

But "there's one area though where the world isn't making much progress," Gates said, "and that's pandemic preparedness."

Comment: Not to minimize the possibility of a pandemic, but Bill and Melinda Gates do seem to have a thing for vaccinating the world: UPDATE 25 April 2020

Bill Gates' obsession with 'pandemic preparedness' sure makes sense now.

Whitney Webb on the Tom Dillon Show: Epstein Pedo Network, 'Elite Master-Race' Project, and the Coronavirus Controlled Demolition of Society


Red Pill

90 Days of Madness: Official Numbers Prove COVID-19 is STILL Benign

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In my first SOTT article published on April 19th, I reported my statistical comparison of COVID-19 infection and death rates based on percentages of whole populations. I generously assumed that the numbers reported by Johns Hopkins University and elsewhere are entirely correct and accurate, fully cognizant that this assumption is extremely questionable.

In my earlier article we learned that, as of 10:00am, April 15th, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST):
99.994% of China's 1.4 billion population was uninfected
99.729% of Italy's 60 million population
99.817% of USA's 330 million population
99.633% of Spain's 47 million population
99.842% of Germany's 83 million population
99.910% of Iran's 83 million population
99.798% of France's 65 million population
99.698% of Switzerland's 8.6 million population
99.858% of UK's 67 million population
99.979% of South Korea's 51 million population
99.889% of Sweden's 10.3 million population
99.974% of Australia's 25 million population
99.974% of the World's 7.5 billion population

Light Saber

Media mocks Trump for suggesting light treatment for COVID-19 patients, yet bio-tech firm is using UV light treatment to kill the virus

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The media, including the Drudge Report, is mocking President Trump for his comments at Thursday's White House coronavirus task force briefing where he tossed out suggestions for treating patients along the lines of chemo-therapy or light therapy.

Here is what President Trump said. Excerpt from White House transcript:

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. So I asked Bill a question that probably some of you are thinking of, if you're totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that that hasn't been checked, but you're going to test it. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you're going to test that too. It sounds interesting.