Very interesting article:
Sweden goes it alone and stays open for business
While most European countries go into lockdown,
Sweden has allowed restaurants, bars and schools to stay open.
OPINION: Now and again, my wife asks if it's worth getting Swedish passports for our children. She has never got around to seeking British citizenship and I try to tell her that she'd better get her skates on before Home Secretary Priti Patel comes around asking for her papers. But the kids: how would a Swedish passport possibly benefit them? We run through what might go wrong for a country and, in every eventuality, Britain always seems the better bet. But now Swedes have a fresh argument: that their country might be the only one in Europe to come out of the coronavirus crisis with the economy semi-intact. ..............READ MORE
Scientist leading Sweden’s battle against coronavirus says Britain's lockdown has gone too far as his country allows bars, restaurants and schools to remain open
Auf Deutsch, von TAZ:
Schwedens Staatsepidemiologe Tegnell:
Anders macht es anders
The above is a interesting article in German - you might want to use Google Translate.
Only time will tell which approach will be the best.
Or if Sweden will eventually have to change course.
The Fall Numbers for Sweden at the time of this post:
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
DID WE FIND A CURE?
This was published on YouTube on March 27th 2020
The text from this video:
Hydroxychloroquine, Chloroquine and Remdesivir: The Coronavirus Cure?
Hydroxychloroquine, Chloroquine and Remdesivir are medications being used to potentially treat and cure coronavirus (COVID-19). Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and its derivative chloroquine, are anti-malarial drugs that were found to effective in previous coronavirus outbreaks with SARS in 2002. Remdesivir is a broadspectrum antiviral that was developed to treat Ebola and was found in animal studies to be effective against coronavirus. Researchers are adding the antibiotic azithromycin with hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus but this is unclear as to why.
It is believed that chloroquine works by inhibiting coronavirus from invading your cells by changing the configuration of the ACE2 receptor on your cell and the spike protein on coronavirus. Chinese researchers showed in lab tests that hydroxychloroquine can slow infections from coronavirus by blocking the ACE2 receptors on your cells.
Remdesivir, developed by Gilead Sciences Inc., is an investigational broad-spectrum antiviral treatment that was previously tested in humans with Ebola and had shown promise in animal models for treating Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which are caused by other coronaviruses.
Remdesivir doesn’t target the virus itself. Researchers have discovered that it targets the system the virus uses to replicate itself by mimicking the genetic code for the viral RNA, adenosine. When it comes time for your body’s polymerase enzyme to copy the viral genetic code, it starts making the wrong code because remdesivir has tricked the enzyme into believing it is adenosine. So now when the viral tries to use your body’s polymerase enzyme, it will make the wrong genetic code and thus the virus cannot replicate or infect other cells.
So while there are many more medications being studied and investigated to treat coronavirus, hydroxychloroquine and remdesivir are the two drugs mentioned more and more because of previous research for other infections and illnesses.
It is obvious a lot more research needs to be done and nothing conclusive will be available anytime soon.
- Dr. Yo
How Does Coronavirus Affect The Body?
One of the questions and the answer by Dr. Yo I found interesting and worth mentioning:
Good info Dr., thank you. Here's the question: If you contracted community pneumonia secondary to COVID19, and didn't have access to a hospital (either because of cost or intentionally to avoid an additional risk), would you take either of these medications, assuming you no contraindications? Thank you.
Answer by Dr. Yo:
Thank you for the comments. Wow that is a very tough question. So first off you have to look at this as 2 different infections: the bacterial pneumonia would most likely be treated with antibiotics. Now I am assuming your question is specifically asking if I would take either hydroxychloroquine or remdesivir to treat a COVID-19 infection- it really depends on how severe my infection were. Remember 80-85% of COVID-19 cases are mild symptoms meaning a fever, dry cough, muscle aches.
In connection with this, Dr. Seheult at about 4:50 speaks about testing these treatments in his video April 2nd 2020
Post-exposure Prophylaxis or Preemptive Treatment for SARS-Coronavirus-2
Hydroxychloroquine Treatment Trial conducted by the University of Minnesota Information https://covidpep.umn.edu/ (seeking participants from the United States and Canada, please consider if you qualify).
More about this: March 24th 2020:
Clinical drug trials starting in Europe include potential of chloroquine to treat coronavirus
Europe has begun clinical trials of experimental drugs to treat COVID-19 in thousands of patients including a much talked about antimalarial drug, chloroquine.
The trials will include 3,200 patients in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain. There will be 800 patients in France, where clinical trials were launched this past weekend. .............. READ MORE
Please be careful, do not self-medicate, but seek professional help!
On March 19th, ABC News video:
Trump touts chloroquine, old malaria drug that doctors say may help treat coronavirus
On March 24th the New York Times reported:
Man Fatally Poisons Himself While Self-Medicating for Coronavirus, Doctor Says
UPDATE TO THE THEME OF CHLOROQUINE
April 6th 2020
On a search I found this very interesting article:
No, cinchona bark is not a cure for coronavirus
Posts touting the curative effects of cinchona, or fever tree, bark have recently been circulating on social networks such as Instagram and Facebook. These posts promise a “natural” source of the prescription-only drug chloroquine. ..... READ MORE
The bottom line:
Cinchona is highly toxic and self-medication with it or any other unproven cures should be avoided. Protect your health and don’t waste money funding unethical people and companies profiteering off fear in these uncertain times.
WINGNUTS AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES IN THE TIMES OF CORONA VIRUS
There is a fine, and oftentimes rather blurry line between true spirituality and batshit-crazy lunacy.
Some people I know live in another universe where the law of gravity is optional (or so they think) floating above all common sense in a state of blissful rapture.
I had largely ignored this for the most part, but now it seems in the current corona virus crisis the crazies by far outnumber the serious contributions, comments and postings about the subject on social media.
As seen variously on Reddit and Facebook. Original author unknown.
Don’t take medical advice from other people’s handmade signs. (duh!)
Read the article 5G Doesn’t Cause Coronavirus on ExtremeTech
Conspiracy theorists are infecting YouTube and Facebook with bogus theories that 5G mobile internet is responsible for the coronavirus.
One prominent anti-5G Facebook group has shared a number of erroneous posts, claiming 5G is the culprit behind a virus that has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide. Its creator, Dutch “UFO researcher” John Kuhles writes: “I challenge anyone to watch this video at least twice and claim there is nothing to it, [or] it is all a coincidence. Yeah right. Certainly not.”
~ from TheNexWeb - READ MORE
BATSHIT CRAZY DANA ASHLIE
At your own risk, check out the channel of Dana Ashlie but don't blame me if you will subsequently suffer permanent brain damage! That the channel is still on at the time of this writing is beyond me, but it seems some of the videos had been removed.
UPDATE TO THE LOONY BIN CATEGORY
At the same time as this blog got posted, the following news item appeared in the Guardian, so I am updating this blog on 4.4.2020 to add this disturbing report:
Telecoms engineers are facing verbal and physical threats during the lockdown, as baseless conspiracy theories linking coronavirus to the roll-out of 5G technology spread by celebrities such as Amanda Holden* prompt members of the public to abuse those maintaining vital mobile phone and broadband networks.
Facebook has removed one anti-5G group in which users were being encouraged to supply footage of them destroying mobile phone equipment, with some contributors seemingly under the pretence that it may stop the spread of coronavirus and some running leaderboards of where equipment had been targeted. .............................READ MORE
*Note: for clarity, I added a link to an article about Amanda Holden in case some do not know about her.
And just as I added the above, a couple of messages appeared on Facebook, with this link:
URGENT CALL FOR 1 MILLION MEDITATORS TO LIBERATE AND RECLAIM OUR WORLD
ON APRIL 4, 2020 at precisely 10:45 pm EST WHEN A CELESTIAL STARGATE OPENS!
NOW LETS GET SERIOUS!
Facebook users have been sharing posts claiming 5G, not the coronavirus, is making people sick (here ).
The posts go on to include a list of various further claims that deny the reality of the virus and include various conspiracy-type arguments about the coronavirus.
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