Thursday, May 7, 2020

Coronavirus facts - so far. Not Truther-truth.

Good plain sense from Herbalist-Midwife, Dr Aviva Romm:


This collation of research (see link below) and reports is by Denise T. Plichta, who has a masters’ degree in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from UCLA, a bachelors’ degree from Wheaton College in biology with a certificate in International Community Development. Denise also has a masters’ degree in Greek and Hebrew Exegesis from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - and she is usually posting about theology and Bible studies! However, her background in carefully parsing research, as well as her medical background, position her well to assist us in wading through the ping-pong games of information vs. disinformation during a global health crisis.

Covid-19 Information

Another good collation (see link below) of carefully checked info, from the people who have researched the evidence in support of natural childbirth extensively:

Coronavirus COVID-19 | Evidence Based Birth® Resource Page


From Claire Chapman:

"If you think that we are going to be saved by a vaccine, you might need to think again.

1. We are seeing some very rapid mutation, much faster than a flu https://www.abc.net.au/…/new-coronavirus-covid19-s…/12218834

2. It infects parts of the body that make it hard for the immune system to target appropriately: https://www.abc.net.au/…/coronavirus-vaccine-ian-…/12146616…

3. Acute Respiratory Distress cause by cytokine storm is likely to be increased with an increased immune response from exposure (aka the vaccine) and is possibly a reason why health workers are so at risk because of continued exposure. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3255794/

There aren't workarounds for these issues. Prevention of complications need to looked at (we already know T2DM, COPD and smoking are just some of the factors in the severity of the disease).

Nutritional support, so stuff that is not going to send your interferon sky rocketing (like high dose Vit. C). And treatment options that are actually effective."


Researchers find new coronavirus strain 'more contagious', potentially impacting COVID-19 vaccine search

Not Real News - a look at what didn't happen this week 


As a Registered Nurse, certified doula, qualified herbalist, and member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia, the statements from our allied natural health associations are relevant to my pratice and professional standing:

From the Naturopathic Alliance: Statement Regarding the COVID-19 Crisis – May 2020

Disinformation causes confusion and disorients people. That's to the advantage of political players, but doesn't help health authorities trying to look after populations.

With coronavirus and bushfires, Australia is in the perfect conditions for fake news to flourish. Here's how you tackle it

Zillions of research on masks. Which are only one part of normal infection control measures.

Unmasking the case for masks 

More plain commonsense for looking after yourself and humans you care about during a pandemic:

Beating the Dreaded Lurgy - give that virus the vamoose

The research on hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID19. And other therapeutics.

 

 

A closer look at the Bradykinin hypothesis
 
And another vote for the helpfulness of Vitamin D:
 
"Interestingly, Jacobson’s team also suggests vitamin D as a potentially useful Covid-19 drug. The vitamin is involved in the RAS system and could prove helpful by reducing levels of another compound, known as REN. Again, this could stop potentially deadly bradykinin storms from forming. The researchers note that vitamin D has already been shown to help those with Covid-19. The vitamin is readily available over the counter, and around 20% of the population is deficient. If indeed the vitamin proves effective at reducing the severity of bradykinin storms, it could be an easy, relatively safe way to reduce the severity of the virus."
 
Don't forget your Vitamin D
 
National Institute of Integrative Medicine claims vitamin D supplements can build COVID-19 immunity

An everyday supplement could be the key to COVID-19 immunity and saving “thousands of lives”, a respected Melbourne medical institute claims. 

 

A small but significant study out of Spain showed benefit from Vitamin D, keeping people with Coronavirus out of ICU. It can't hurt, right!?

 

 

Highlights:

The vitamin D endocrine system may have a variety of actions on cells and tissues involved in COVID-19 progression.

Administration of calcifediol or 25-hydroxyvitamin D to hospitalized COVID-19 patients significantly reduced their need for Intensive Care United admission.

Calcifediol seems to be able to reduce severity of the disease.


 

 
 
It's the infection rate that's scary, not the death rate.

We'll only know the true figures for this pandemic in retrospect. Equally so, early models were not necessarily wrong because the modellers were deceitful, but because they had insufficient data to work from.

Welcome to the world of data management, data cleaning and data modelling, which many armchair statisticians don't always appreciate. Until now.

 

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