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