The Time for Viral Testing is Over: Why are there Variations in Death Rates in Different Countries

Executive summary Rates of infection and death with coronavirus (COVID-19) appear very different in different countries. The reasons for this have been hotly debated. Many pundits have suggested that inadequate virus testing has been responsible due to inadequate isolation of infected individuals.  Data now show that these differences may relate to who in the populationContinue reading “The Time for Viral Testing is Over: Why are there Variations in Death Rates in Different Countries”

Chloroquine continued….

Unfortunately my concerns were warranted about the push to repurpose approved drugs for COVID-19. A couple in Arizona decided to take chloroquine phosphate to prevent coronavirus infection and unfortunately the husband died from poisoning. He ingested the chemical itself, used to clean fish tanks(!), and not the formulated drug; however the same toxicity that killedContinue reading “Chloroquine continued….”

Focus Everyone: These are the most important weeks of the pandemic!

I have a short but important blog today. Over the next few weeks the first wave of the pandemic will crest in most of the US. What makes this time so important is that this first surge of the virus cuts through the population most aggressively. There is no immunity among us and the spread can beContinue reading “Focus Everyone: These are the most important weeks of the pandemic!”

It’s Time: How to self-diagnose a coronavirus infection. What to do if you think you're infected.

Executive Summary Coronavirus infections need to be self diagnosed This can be done by identifying a number of characteristic symptoms Individuals who suspect they are infected should contact their physician and not go to an emergency room or hospital Anyone with suspected coronavirus infection should self-isolate for 14 days regardless of whether they have hadContinue reading “It’s Time: How to self-diagnose a coronavirus infection. What to do if you think you're infected.”

Seven reasons to be optimistic about the coronavirus pandemic

I thought I would end the week on a positive note! Despite the remarkable challenges we are facing there are reasons to be optimistic. Science, circumstances and even natures evolution may combine to make this event managable and something we can learn from for future pandemics. Here are seven reasons why the US could controlContinue reading “Seven reasons to be optimistic about the coronavirus pandemic”

The difficulties with repurposing approved drugs to treat coronavirus infection; or why we aren’t yet ready to give everyone chloroquine!

Executive Summary Many drugs approved to treat other diseases have been proposed to treat coronavirus infection. Some of these drugs block similar viral infections, while others treat inflammation from any cause which could reduce symptoms.  Repositioning approved drugs may allow shortening of the development cycle; however, there is no assurance they will work or beContinue reading “The difficulties with repurposing approved drugs to treat coronavirus infection; or why we aren’t yet ready to give everyone chloroquine!”

Why more young people are getting sick with coronavirus infections…

Executive Summary There has been a noted increase in young people getting seriously sick with coronavirus infection While young people are much less likely to become seriously ill with the infection, it was always clear that it could happen There may be medical reasons behind these serious illnesses including immune problems. Some individuals immune systemsContinue reading “Why more young people are getting sick with coronavirus infections…”

Using serum (blood) from recovering patients to treat coronavirus infection

Executive Summary It has been hypothesized that blood serum (fluid) from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 could treat infected individuals. Serum contains proteins called antibodies that can bind to the virus and prevent infection. Support this concept is a study that has shown primates who get COVID-19 infection are protected from re-infection. However, otherContinue reading “Using serum (blood) from recovering patients to treat coronavirus infection”

Does Ibuprofen Worsen Coronavirus Infection

Executive Summary There have been concerns that ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs will worsen COVID-19 infection. This was raised as a theoretical problem in a letter to Lancet. No data was provided to support this concern. This issue has been reinforced by the WHO and the French Health Minister making many individuals want to stopContinue reading “Does Ibuprofen Worsen Coronavirus Infection”