Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 7 January, 2021

 

Why do I write these diary entries, twice a week, every week?  Sometimes I ask myself this question, because for sure, it takes up a lot of time, and I’ve received some very negative comments, usually of the form “You’re not a doctor, shut up”.  Because, you know, doctors have unanimously agreed on everything and have done such a brilliant job so far……

The answer to this question comes in rarely, but is always appreciated when it does.  I got this email earlier in the week :

Hello David. Just an update on my family. My son tested positive 10 days after Thanksgiving.  The next day my husband and I took tests.  He was positive.  I was negative.  At 80+, it was frightening to get his news.  My pregnant daughter and eventually her partner tested positive.  They live 7 hours away but had visited here.  Placing no blame, but we’re guessing my son caught it when he was at a meeting with new boss and doing walk thru on new house.

The advice in your book was so helpful. I dosed everyone with your recommendations and they actually took everything.  Everyone including my husband had mild symptoms that would have been ignored in 2019.  My brother has since lost his sense of taste but he too has recovered.  I remain negative.  Everyone is fine now!!!

I want to thank you for your part in their recovery.

This is why – the hope that I’m able to help a few of you, my readers, and often my friends, in a case where there is too much confusing and conflicting information out there, making it very difficult to know what to accept and what to reject.

To be clear, I’m not saying the recommendations in my book guarantee anything at all, nor am I claiming as deserved the credit this writer kindly gives me.  But I am saying that many doctors, all around the world, are adopting similar treatment plans to those I describe in the book, with positive results more often than not.  Meanwhile, the official response in the US remains that if you’re infected, do nothing and hope for the best.  We all deserve better than that dismissive statement.

The reluctance in the US to embrace low-cost and totally safe medications as early treatments to head off the infection becoming serious, and even to use as preventative measures is astonishing, because it is inconsistent.  Think about the vaccines.  After a rushed and compressed testing and trialing, totally new types of vaccines using technologies that in the past have consistently given problems, are now being pushed out into the market.  And, not only that.  In the last week or so, our public health leaders, with no convincing evidence in support, no testing, no trialing, nothing at all, have advocated :

  • Delaying the second dose so as to give twice as many people one dose – even though the major vaccine manufacturer, Pfizer, strongly says that should not be done, the second major manufacturer, Moderna, never tested/trialed that, and the new manufacturer, AstraZeneca, has such a mishmash of partial trials, mistakes, and results, as to have little or anything truly convincing, while having enough of everything to “prove” anything you might wish to advocate for (don’t ask me how it is that such a curious series of different trials resulted in their vaccine being approved).  Even WHO risked offending a major sponsor nation and said there is no evidence to support that strategy.
  • Mixing and matching any vaccine with any other vaccine for the first and second doses, even though the vaccine manufacturers argue against that too, and with two totally different types of vaccines, it would be like mixing together oil-based and water-based paints, or petrol and diesel.
  • Halving the vaccine dose, because a different vaccine for a different ailment also works at half strength, and, of course, if a different vaccine works for a different ailment at half strength, we’re then expected to believe that all vaccines work against all viruses at half strength  If indeed that were so, it begs the question, why are we always giving people twice as much vaccine as is needed?  (This recommendation seems to be fading away, thank goodness, and also the justification for it, this article for example has been rewritten to remove reference to a malaria vaccine which does not even exist working at half strength).

No part of any of these three suggestions makes sense nor are they supported by evidence, and it is terrifying that our public health leaders are eagerly advocating them, with no research and no testing.

Why are these concepts being promoted, while thoroughly tested and trialed anti-viral measures are out there but the same people, so desperate to change how we administer vaccines, refuse to consider them?

This glaring inconsistency astonishes me.

For the record, I’m not saying don’t get vaccinated.  But I am definitely proud to stand up and be counted and to go on the record as saying if you do choose to be vaccinated, make sure your two vaccine shots are of the same vaccine, at the recommended interval between shots, and at the recommended dose.

One more introductory item.  The issue of where the virus originated and came into being has been one of the most emotional of all, with China’s international “army” of well-paid supporters and shills rushing in to kill any suggestion that China had anything to do with the virus origination, and only reluctantly conceding that, purely by chance and an extraordinarily unlikely sequence of events, it may have naturally first appeared in China.  Our outgoing President’s eagerness to describe the virus as the China virus or the Wuhan virus put the final nail in the coffin of rational discussion on that, much as his citing hydroxychloroquine as a possible cure ensured that no Trump-hater would permit it to be considered, even going as far as to create fake data to “prove” that HCQ doesn’t work and is dangerous (yes, this actually happened and was published in Britain’s most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet).

But now, here is the best piece I’ve come across, examining the issue calmly and coolly and without rhetoric or bias, and gives a fair airing to both sides of the argument as to the virus’ origins.  The writer’s conclusions appear compelling and irrefutable.  It is a lengthy piece, but is well written and very important reading if you wish to understand more about this issue.

Current Numbers

In the US, Tennessee dropped two places and now is 49th worst.  ND and SD dropped off the worst part of the death list, and now CT and RI feature, instead.

Gibraltar has vaulted up three places and now is the second worst small country in terms of case rates.  The UK moved up a position on the major country list and shows every sign of moving further up, depending on how soon their new “total lockdown” kicks in.

On the death list, the UK moved up two places to fourth place, and the US moved up one place to sixth.  It seems likely both countries will move up another place in the next week.

US Best and Worst States

RankCases/MillionDeaths/Million
A week agoNowA week agoNow
1 BestVT (11,878)VT (13,467)HI (203)HI (211)
2HIHIVT (218)VT (248)
3MEMEMEME
4ORORAKAK
5WA (32,329)WA (35,165)OR (350)OR (372)
47TN (85,926)IA (92,475)SD (1,682)CT (1,763)
48UT (86,281)UT (92,739)NDRI
49IATN (92,872)MAMA
50SDSDNYNY
51 WorstND (121,375)ND (123,554)NJ (2,161)NJ (2,223)

 

Top Case Rates Minor Countries (cases per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Andorra (104,090)Andorra (107,953)
2MontenegroGibraltar
3LuxembourgMontenegro
4San MarinoSan Marino
5GibraltarLuxembourg
6French PolynesiaSlovenia
7SloveniaPanama (61,862)
8GeorgiaFrench Polynesia
9LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
10Panama (55,824)Georgia (59,092)

 

Top Case Rates Major Countries (cases per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Czech Republic (67,046)Czech Republic (74,141)
2USA (61,501)USA (66,660)
3Belgium (55,467)Belgium (56,451)
4NetherlandsNetherlands
5SwedenSweden
6SpainPortugal
7PortugalSpain (43,300)
8FranceUK (42,447)
9UK (36,565)France
10BrazilBrazil
11ArgentinaArgentina
12Italy (34,877)Italy (36,752)

 

Top Death Rate Major Countries (deaths per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Belgium (1,674)Belgium (1,712)
2ItalyItaly
3PeruCzech Rep (1,177)
4SpainUK (1,153)
5Czech Rep (1,080)Peru (1,146)
6UK (1,080)USA (1,127)
7USA (1,065)Spain (1,105)
8France (989)France (1,023)
9Mexico (964)Mexico (1,003)
10Argentina (951)Argentina (972)

 

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5 thoughts on “Covid-19 Diary : Thursday 7 January, 2021”

  1. As to why you continue to write, analyze, and share valuable information, I believe that under your reserved exterior, lurks a man who feels a desire to use his skills to help people. I, for one, am grateful to you for all the time and effort you put into this. There are a few others that I have seen online (some doctors on Youtube and message boards), but frighteningly few. None with your breadth or your honesty.

    As I mentioned before, in addition to “bubbles” of protected households, we need bubbles of people who can band together to help each other, and bubbles of useful information. In a situation where our institutions are becoming overwhelmed, we need to accept responsibility for ourselves and our loved ones, and find like-minded people

    In our polarized society, there are few places to get reliable information on the biggest scourge of our lives. Different groups push their own agendas and economic interests. You, sir, are committing Journalism. Old School Journalism: digging for the truth and sharing it as best you can. Thank you for what you do.

  2. I became a reader quite a few years ago. The travel information has always been interesting and useful. W aren’t traveling at the moment (what a surprise) and the COVID information has become invaluable. It’s required reading for us, and we even pass it along to a Canadian relative. I add my thanks, David.

  3. Oleksandr Ivanov

    David, please keep up your good work! I find your Covid-19 newsletter to have been the most objective and complete source of information about the “CCP disease”.

    I wrote you back in June saying that I stashed some veterinary ivermectin just in case (no pills are available for “human” use in Ukraine). I am happy to have done so: in early December, my wife was diagnosed with a pretty grave form of Covid-19 (her oxygen saturation dropped to 87 at one point), and I caught it from her a week later. Bearing in mind that ivermectin works best when taken early in the disease, I urged her to take a dose and took one myself after her positive PCR test, and we took it again after my positive PCR test (and also gave it to my both adult sons who live with us). My wife’s blood indicators (CRP and d-dimer) improved literally overnight. I, being a high Covid risk (due to being an overweight smoker with some minor hypertension), got it only in a really mild form. My sons’ tests turned out negative. We all have been taking vitamins C and D since April.

    We were hell-bent on avoiding hospitalization because quality of care in state-owned hospitals was low and private hospitals were prohibitively expensive (although we did not rule out the latter option). For this reason, we sought telemedicine support from the nearest private clinic and also rented an oxygen concentrator (there are a number of small companies here in Ukraine that are offering them for sale or rent) for 5 days. I must say, I became a big fan of ivermectin, and would like to thank you for your reports!

    1. Hi, Oleksandr, it is always great to hear from a reader as far away as Ukraine, and thank you for your continued generous support in Hryvnias each year, too!

      Thanks also for sharing this wonderful report (inasmuch as “my wife and I caught the virus” can ever be wonderful”. I’m so very glad that the ivermectin might have been a contributing factor in your wife’s speedy recovery and your own very mild case.

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