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Will Coronavirus burn itself out 'naturally' before a vaccine is ready? Former WHO oncologist thinks so

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Oncologist and Buckingham Medical School dean Karol Sikora
Covid-19 could be "petering out by itself" before the world comes up with any vaccine, a leading academic, formerly the World Health Organization's (WHO) top oncologist has said. Karol Sikora, the dean of the University of Buckingham's medical school, wrote on Twitter:
"There's a real chance that the virus will burn out naturally before any vaccine is developed. We're seeing a roughly similar pattern everywhere - I suspect we have more immunity than estimated. We need to keep slowing the virus, but it could be petering out by itself."
The statement triggered quite a response, making Sikora later clarify that it was his personal opinion and he was positing a "feasible scenario" that might be possible in the current "unknown situation." The scientist went on to say that no one knows "what will happen for sure" and urged the public to stick to social distancing rules.

Countries and companies across the world have been racing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, which has claimed more than 312,000 lives thus far, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Earlier this week, the WHO revealed that eight vaccine candidates are currently undergoing clinical trials, while another 110 candidates are now under pre-clinical evaluation. Nations including Britain and China have begun testing vaccines on humans.

Syringe

The Dengvaxia Disaster Was Twenty Years in the Making—What Will Happen With a Rushed COVID-19 Vaccine?

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Editorial by Lyn Redwood, President, Children's Health Defense

Article that follows by the Children's Health Defense Team

Vaccine development is a topic that is on the minds of everyone as the world grapples with ways to protect our health and the health of our loved ones from coronavirus. The team at Children's Health Defense decided to write an article about Dengue Fever because an important part of medicine's body of knowledge comes from the opportunity to learn from past mistakes.

Dengue fever is a common disease in more that 120 countries and, like Coronavirus, has been the target for a vaccine for many years. The development and licensure of Dengvaxia® vaccine by Sanofi spanned more than 20 years and cost more than 1.5 billion U.S. dollars. But the development of the vaccine turned out to be tricky. Dengue vaccine antibodies can also make the infection worse, especially in infants and children who have never been exposed to the virus. The virus may actually use the antibodies created by the vaccine to spread the virus throughout the body. So an infection with dengue — when your blood already has antibodies in it — can actually enhance the disease resulting in deadly complications.

Arrow Down

Fear, isolation, depression: The mental health consequences of the pandemic lockdown

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A jogger wears a face mask in New York’s Hudson River Park last month. Many Americans who used to manage their anxiety with exercise are now finding that doesn’t cut it under the stress and the isolation of the coronavirus epidemic.
At Provident Behavioral Health in St. Louis, people who called the helpline at the beginning of the pandemic were fearful, even panicked.

"Nearly everyone expressed fear. Fear of catching the virus, fear of the future, fear of the unknown and fear of not knowing how to cope with their feelings," said Jessica Vance, who manages the Disaster Distress Helpline at Provident.

Now people's calls and texts, which have leveled off in the past couple of weeks, are more about their isolation and depression.

Nationwide, mental health call and text centers, the first lines of defense for many people feeling jittery during a crisis, offer an early picture of how Americans are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Many crisis centers are reporting 30% to 40% increases in the number of people seeking help. The helpline at Provident is experiencing a tenfold increase compared with this time last year, when no national disaster was occurring. So far, the nation's most heavily used helpline, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, has not seen a spike in call volume.

But mental health experts predict an avalanche of mental health needs as the pandemic progresses.

Comment: Perhaps a good antidote to depression is righteous anger. We fully expect to see that continue to escalate as more people become aware that the lockdown imposed by the ruling elites was completely unnecessary:


Bad Guys

New inflammatory disease targeting children being linked to COVID-19

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Two to three children are coming into one Long Island hospital daily with an inflammatory disease thought to be tied to COVID-19, health care officials said Monday.

Most of these young patients are so ill, they are immediately put into the intensive care unit at Cohen Children's Medical Center, said Dr. James Schneider, chief of pediatric critical care medicine at the center in New Hyde Park. He said more than 30 patients have been admitted with what is being called "pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19."

Hospitals across the state by Monday had reported 93 cases of the illness, which can cause inflamed muscles and breathing problems, state officials said.

Health experts believe the illness could be the body's overreaction to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Comment: One of the very notable things about COVID-19 is that children have been virtually unaffected by it, and yet governments have been able to get away with shutting down schools. This new fear may step things up a notch, even if it doesn't result in substantive harm.


Red Pill

Vitamin B3 has therapeutic effect in progressive muscle disease

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An international team of scientists, led by University of Helsinki reported that vitamin B3, niacin, has therapeutic effect in progressive muscle disease.

Niacin delayed disease progression in patients with mitochondrial myopathy, a progressive disease with no previous curative treatments.

Vitamin B3 forms have recently emerged as potent boosters of energy metabolism in rodents. These vitamins are precursors for NAD+, a molecular switch of metabolism between fasting and growth modes.

As fasting has been shown promote health and longevity in for example mice, a variety of "NAD boosters" are being developed. However, whether actual NAD+ deficiency exists in human disease, and whether NAD+ boosters could have curative effects in patients with degenerative diseases, has remained elusive.

In the current publication, a collaborative team of investigators led by academy professor Anu Suomalainen-Wartiovaara and academy research fellow Eija Pirinen report lowered NAD+ levels in both blood and muscle of mitochondrial myopathy patients.

Comment: Niacin would seem to show positive effects for a number of other, sometimes related, conditions:


Sun

Vitamin D determines severity in COVID-19: Researchers urge government to change advice

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Trinity College Dublin researchers point to changes in government advice in Wales, England and Scotland.


Researchers from Trinity College Dublin are calling on the government in Ireland to change recommendations for vitamin D supplements.

A new publication from Dr. Eamon Laird and Professor Rose Anne Kenny, School of Medicine, and the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), in collaboration with Professor Jon Rhodes at University of Liverpool, highlights the association between vitamin D levels and mortality from COVID-19.

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Health

Even the WHO acknowledges that scientific evidence of effectiveness of wearing masks in community settings is NON-EXISTENT


Comment: We realize a month is a long time in the Corona zone, where time apparently runs differently, so, in the face of the current wave of media bullsh*t about why everyone has to 'ought to' wear medical facemasks, we're re-running this World Health Organization advice that they're useless...


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While multiple cities in the US roll-out mandatory use of masks in public, the WHO's 2020 guidance recommends against wearing masks in community settings because of a lack of supporting scientific evidence and the potential for increased disease transmission through improper use.

According to its "Advice on the use of masks in the community, during home care and in healthcare settings in the context of the novel coronavirus (‎‎‎‎‎2019-nCoV)‎‎‎‎‎ outbreak: interim guidance, 29 January 2020":
"Wearing medical masks when not indicated may cause unnecessary cost, procurement burden and create a false sense of security that can lead to neglecting other essential measures such as hand hygiene practices."
In fact, the WHO's advice includes a caution that the improper use of masks may even "increase the risk of transmission associated with the incorrect use and disposal of masks."

Comment: That may be true, but what better way to signal one's subservience to the new police state:


Map

Ohio had 6 coronavirus cases in 5 counties in January - Health Director

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The coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, shown in purple, infects a cell, colored in green.Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Ohio had six cases of the coronavirus in five counties in January, state Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said Monday.

The state data shows cases began Jan. 7 and Jan. 26 in Miami County, Jan. 13 in Montgomery, Jan. 18 in Richland, Jan. 20 in Summit and Jan. 27 in Warren.

The state knows of the cases now only because of antibody testing, which will begin ramping up this week.

All six cases are considered probable because the people have antibodies, but their cases can never be confirmed, said health department spokeswoman Melanie Amato. The patients were interviewed by their county health departments, who asked them when they felt sick.

Comment: This is just the latest report to confirm suspicions that the coronavirus has been circulating for a lot longer than presumed; reports from France state that its athletes encountered it in October 2019 at the international Military Games in Wuhan; Italy and Sweden stating that they likely encountered coronavirus in November 2019, meanwhile Ireland suspects cases began in December 2019.

See also: New evidence the US did bring COVID-19 to Wuhan during the military games


Attention

The lockdown kills too: More people dying at home during UK lockdown

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About 8,000 more people have died in their own homes since the start of the coronavirus pandemic than in normal times, a Guardian analysis has found, as concerns grow over the number avoiding going to hospital.

Of that total, 80% died of conditions unrelated to Covid-19, according to their death certificates. Doctors' leaders have warned that fears and deprioritisation of non-coronavirus patients are taking a deadly toll.

The data shows 8,196 more deaths at home in England, Wales and Scotland compared with the five-year average for this time of year, including 6,546 non-Covid deaths. It also indicates a drop in non-Covid deaths in hospital, however, leading experts to conclude that many who would ordinarily have been admitted to a ward and died there are instead dying at home.

Jason Oke, a statistician with the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, said: "This would mean fewer deaths from other causes in hospitals and more deaths from other causes at home or in care homes. It is of course possible that, in addition to this, Covid-19 is being missed in people who remain outside of hospital.

"A third explanation is that people are dying of other causes that would not have happened under normal conditions - and are collateral damage of the lockdown." He added that there was no way of knowing for sure based on the available data.

Biohazard

Russel Blaylock: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy

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With the advent of the so-called COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a number of medical practices that have little or no scientific support as regards reducing the spread of this infection. One of these measures is the wearing of facial masks, either a surgical-type mask, bandana or N95 respirator mask. When this pandemic began and we knew little about the virus itself or its epidemiologic behavior, it was assumed that it would behave, in terms of spread among communities, like other respiratory viruses. Little has presented itself after intense study of this virus and its behavior to change this perception.

This is somewhat of an unusual virus in that for the vast majority of people infected by the virus, one experiences either no illness (asymptomatic) or very little sickness. Only a very small number of people are at risk of a potentially serious outcome from the infection — mainly those with underlying serious medical conditions in conjunction with advanced age and frailty, those with immune compromising conditions and nursing home patients near the end of their lives. There is growing evidence that the treatment protocol issued to treating doctors by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mainly intubation and use of a ventilator (respirator), may have contributed significantly to the high death rate in these select individuals.

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