You may be overwhelmed by the amount of information regarding COVID-19, even when you visit covexit.com Hence the idea of gathering the “essentials” to know about in a single article. These COVID-19 Essentials, which will be updated when needed, bring to your attention articles, interviews, webinars, that you may want to check in priority, as providing you key information regarding critical aspects such as how to avoid contracting the disease and how to get it treated as effectively as possible if you happen to catch it. Highly important matters such as how to reduce the need for hospitalization, how to prevent and treat in nursing homes, and how public policy should be carried out to properly tackle the disease, are also covered.
Of course, this does not constitute medical advice and you need to consult a medical doctor for any therapy. But be aware that many medical doctors are not aware, or are in straight denial, regarding the prophylaxis and early treatment of COVID-19, so you may want to plan ahead and find a medical doctor or tele-medicine service that will actually help you in case you need it. With COVID-19, time is indeed the essence. Early treatment needs to be taken within days of the first symptoms. You therefore need to plan ahead, so you are not unprepared if you catch the disease. And even with vaccination, or if you already got COVID-19, you need to realize that immunization will never be 100%. Therefore, these COVID-19 Essentials should be … essential reading for everyone!
Here are the key themes that are covered in these COVID-19 Essentials:
- early treatment
- nursing homes
- public policy
Of course, you need to comply with whatever measures have been taken in your jurisdiction. Yet, as you will see, by taking usually simple additional steps, you may considerably further reduce your risk of severe disease and death.
Please pay attention to the dates of the various articles, interviews and webinars that are presented here, and make sure to not miss the most recent ones for your decision making.
In the past months, considerable information has accumulated that not only age, but deficiencies in agents such as Vitamin D and Zinc were critical explanatory factors for severe disease and death among COVID-19 patients. The role of agents such as Quercetin, that improve the penetration of Zinc in the cells, thanks to their ionophore properties, has also been highlighted. And more recently, the particularly high effectiveness of Ivermectin as a prophylaxis agent has been demonstrated in several studies.
Many of us live in jurisdictions where the authorities got it all wrong when it comes to therapies for COVID-19. Since March, it’s known that the therapies work best when they are administered early, in the first days following the first symptoms. This remains the case today, and lots of progress has actually been achieved in treating the disease early, at home, or in a nursing home, i.e. not in an hospital. Such outpatient treatment remains denied to most of us by the authorities, depending on where you live. Yet, with a bit of organization, you may be able to obtain such early treatment. It’s now well established that if you rely on hospitalization as a safety net, your odds of getting long term symptoms or of dying are much higher than if you secure early treatment.
It is extremely well established that the risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19 is related to chronic health issues such as obesity and diabetes, and that it grows with age. Actually, it grows exponentially with age. Nursing homes, aged care and similar facilities, are where you find the highest concentration of such vulnerable people, and where the largest share of COVID-19 deaths occurred. In Canada, for example, some 80% of deaths were in nursing homes. In most industrialized countries, nursing homes remain today the highest risk place to die from COVID-19. A lot can be done to prevent contagion, advanced forms of the disease and deaths in nursing homes.
When it comes to hospitalization for COVID-19, in most cases, it occurs because the disease was not prevented through prophylaxis, or treated with an early, at home therapy. The risk of hospitalization is indeed considerably reduced with prophylaxis and early treatment. But if you happen to be hospitalized, there are also treatment approaches that appear much more effective than others. Some hospitals, because of the treatment approaches they have adopted, are doing much better in terms of avoiding transfers to the ICUs and intubation. So it’s important to be aware of this if you happen to require hospitalization, even if prophylaxis and early treatment should be your first priority to avoid a severe form of the disease requiring hospitalization.
If public policy was carried out rationally, effectively, based on the best evidence, you would not read this article, and this website would not even exist. Actually, the pandemic would have had led to many fewer deaths. In most countries, public policies have been, and remain mostly ineffective in dealing with the disease. From the first sections above, it’s clear that the denial by many jurisdictions of prophylaxis and early treatment, at home and in nursing homes, constitute one of the most gigantic public health policy failures of all times. The continued widespread prevalence of sub-optimal hospital level treatments is also inexcusable.
INFORMATION (& DISINFORMATION)
If the response to COVID-19 has been so flawed, it’s largely due to the vast amount of poor information or plain disinformation that has taken place, at least in some countries. The articles here touch upon this question of (dis-) information. Unlike the previous sections, they are not offering you any concrete solutions, either from an individual or policy perspective, but they may help you understand the continued confusion surrounding the response to COVID-19.