Corona Virus a.k.a. Covid – 19

This virus has caused a global pandemic of proportions seldom seen before in the history of mankind…it would appear this virus has been causing trouble for months (possibly as early as June 2019!!) prior to China revealing that they had a problem.

An up-to-date report on global infection may be seen here.

There is currently no vaccine available to prevent coronavirus disease causd by Covid-19. It is unlikely that an effective vaccine will be developed for some months to come.

HOWEVER…….

You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:

Do

Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub; hand washing with ordinary soap and water is a FAR superior method of personal decontamination than spraying with disinfectants! See the recommended technique here

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue, or preferably a flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact (1 meter / 3 feet) with people who are unwell, or who MAY be unwell
  • Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell; contact your GP if you have:
    • a serious fever,
    • a persistent severe cough or shortness of breath;
    • other respiratory tract infection symptoms such as a sore throat, a runny nose or a headache – these are less common symptoms than is seen with other respiratory viruses, but they do occur

Don’t

  • Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Wearing gloves and masks are recommended in certain situations, but to my way of thinking they give a false sense of security – rather follow the “Do” list seen above
  • Masks are useful, initially at least, to prevent INFECTED people from passing their infection on – after 5 minutes not even this principle applies, and the mask itself becomes full of infected saliva and mucus. Masks actually do not offer uninfected persons much protection, and if you are expecting them to stop viral contamination of the mucus membranes of your eyes, nose and mouth (the portals through which Covid – 19 enters your body) you will be disappointed! Again, rather follow the “Do” list above

This virus has several peculiar characteristics that make it a very nasty customer indeed:

  • The incubation period is cited as 2 – 14 days but recent statistics and clinical experience suggest the virus may be shed (even in the stools) for up to 3 weeks after the infected person feels better!
  • The virus is particularly dangerous when the person getting the infection is elderly (over 60 years of age), has compromised lungs (smoker, previous pneumonia, asthmatic) or has other infections (TB, HIV disease) or previous medical issues (heart or lung disease); males tend to do worse than females (death ratio 2.8 : 1.7% ratio); children under the age of 15 years appear to be very mildly affected.
  • In over 90% of people infected the disease tends to be quite mild, like having a nasty cold or ‘flu; however in 5 – 10%, people get a more severe infection where they will require hospitalisation and supplemental oxygen, and about 2% will require ventilation in an ICU as they develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS; with ARDS a diffuse bilateral pneumonia develops, which is a terminal event in most cases (because the lungs literally fill with fluid, as part of the inflammatory response / cytokine storm, and gas exchange becomes much diminished) – the inflammatory response (massive free radical production and cytokine storm) that occurs is very often so severe that it causes pulmonary fibrosis (scarring within the lung tissues); when this happens, this fibrosis can be irreversible (the lungs cannot be filled woth air except, by a respirator) and these people cannot be weaned off the ventilator, and often then, ventilatory support is removed and the patient allowed to pass away – literally nothing can be done for these poor unfortunates. This has happened a lot in Italy and Spain recently, causing much despair for all.
  • Poor socioeconomic conditions, such as is found commonly in Africa, generally have much worse outcomes.

In view of the fact that there is very little doctors can do to kill this viral infection, people need to help themselves: therefore I STRONGLY suggest that affected people consider trying the following measures:

AVOID INFECTION! (see the lists above – this seems counterintuitive, but I implore people reading this to take this threat very seriously, and think about everything BEFORE doing it. Do you REALLY need to go out of your house, for example?) Self quarantining almost guarantees your safety. Make sure EVERYONE who you see is not sick, and has not been previously placed at risk by asking them a few questions. WASH HANDS REPEATEDLY AND KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.

I am a great believer in the power of ascorbic acid (yes, that’s right, common or garden / cheap old vitamin C – and without all of the crap those pharmacists always seem to want to add to it!). My medical colleagues scorn me in this, as sadly they ignore the lessons of history. No one seems to understand that if ascorbic acid is used in high quantities, given frequently enough, for long enough, it is very (dare I say 100%?) effective. Reports from China show that even the very ill patients treated with vitamin C intravenously all recovered. No mortalities – read here!!! If vitamin C fails to help stop or mitigate any viral infection, it is because not enough of it has been given. The bad reputation vitamin C has if because too little was always inevitably given (and all the contradictory medical trial “evidence” will show that very small doses have been used and, not surprisingly, these were inadequate). Aspirin for example, needs to be given in doses of 3 – 500 mg per dose or more, every 2 – 3 hours, or it does not work either. My scornful colleagues would be equally scornful of studies that show aspirin was useless if given in doses of 10 – 20 mg every 12 hours too! But, somehow these educated people cannot seem to accept the comparison I give here as the ONLY reason ascorbic acid has been found to be ineffective. Never mind, there are none so blind as those that will not see. See more on my website’s ascorbic acid page.

Bicarbonate of soda seems to be very useful too. Viruses do not like alkaline bodies, and cannot thrive at high pH’s, so high doses of bicarbonate of soda have been found to be effective in preventing and helping treat virsal infections. It may be used as follows: during the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda, in full glass of filtered water, at two hourly intervals. On the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda in glass of filtered water, at the same intervals. And on the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of filtered water each morning until fully recovered.

Lugol’s Iodine is another beaut to use. It is relatively unknown that all doctors used iodine to kill everything in the pre- antibiotic era (before 1929), from malaria to TB! You can take as much as you like – 64,000 times the RDA has been found to be safe in humans! See more on my iodine page. My recommendation? Taking 10 – 20 drops every 2 – 4 hours will do wonders.

Obviously these should all be taken separately, with +/_ hourly intervals between the various doses.

Lastly, a Dr Dimke has come up with a theory that resonates very well for me. Respiratory viruses abound and thrive in colder climes and times. Colds and ‘flu have always been much commoner in the winter months, and we only get them in hotter times when some kind person imports them after travelling to colder places by air. While being very infectious, apparently like his mates the influenza and common cold viruses, Mr Corona does not like heat (above 56 degrees C) or bright UV light . A short and interesting video, which will show you how to hurt, maim and kill Mr Corona with your hair dryer may be seen here.

But when all is said and done, just protecting yourself with your new bestie vitamin C gets my vote! Nothing else is actually needed to safeguard you from serious form of this disease.

INTRAVENOUS, HIGH DOSE VITAMIN C IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT BY FAR – AND THIS TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE AT MY SURGERY…please call and book if you need one,  as we need time to prepare the vitamin C fresh.

Tips for shopping and keeping safe:

According to the NIH, in an article published last week in the NEJM, as seen on YouTube here.

Corona virus can live, aerosolised outside of the body, for 3 hours and can live on cardboard for 1 hour

However, it can live and stay on plastic and metal surfaces for up to 3 DAYS!!!

Groceries should therefore not come into the house for 3 days…leave them in the garage

  1. Wipe down your cart; Spar Botswana will shop for you and bring your order out to the car – your Spar should be listed somewhere…
  2. Don’t touch anything you are not going to put into your shopping cart to buy
  3. Don’t go shopping if YOU have respiratory symptoms
  4. No one over the age of 60 should go shopping
  5. Try to buy for a few days at a time
  6. Get rid of external packaging – the inside contents will be factory sterile
  7. Fast food – I am not a fan of microwave ovens, but even so you can actually “sterilise” these meals; certainly clean any wrappers they come in…
  8. When you get home take off your shoes, spray with disinfectant and leave them outside
  9. Shower and change into clean clothes after putting awaay the groceries; put old clothes into the washing machine first
  10. Hug your family 🙂

I think the concept of HOW people are infected by Covid-19 is KEY to understanding how not to become infected!

The ONLY way this virus can enter your body is via the eyes, nose and mouth – the virus attaches to your mucous membranes in these “holes” in the skin by binding to specific receptor sites that allow the virus to gain a hold in your bodies to infect you (Covid-19 WAS a virus that only was able to infect bats and snakes, and somehow mutated to a virus that could effect person to person transmission).

Even the TINIEST piece of mucus or saliva has enough virus to infect you (called an inoculum). The infected mucus and saliva gets onto your face by direct droplet transmission (coughing, sneezing and speaking – which is WHY social distancing of > 2 metres is necessary to prevent droplet spread).

The second way mucus enters those holes in the skin on your face is that the mucus / saliva is brought to the face BY YOUR HANDS. If you wash your hands (and simple soap and water is very effective, more so that sprayed disinfectants) this goes a long way toward preventing self-infection after shaking hands or touching something that has infected material on its surface. Easy peasy.