Friday, April 24, 2020

The COVID Clue

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is the official name of the disease that is currently causing so much concern around the world. COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2, which stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus-2. Sometimes you’ll see it called 2019-nCoV (2019-novel Coronavirus) or just novel coronavirus. A “novel” virus is a new, never seen before, virus. SARS-CoV-2, first discovered in 2019, is not an influenza (flu) virus.

There are many types of human coronaviruses. For example, we have CoV-OC43, CoV-HKU1, the more serious MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus) and the SARS-CoV which caused so many problems in 2003.

A virus like SARS-CoV-2 works by attaching itself to one of our cells and then injecting its RNA inside. Once inside, the virus RNA takes over and forces our cell to make more SARS-CoV-2 viruses, eventually destroying the cell and releasing more of these disease viruses to go out and spread the infection. How sick you get from this viral infection depends on how healthy you are and how efficient your immune system is. Some people get infected and have symptoms so mild they never go to the doctor and never realize they have COVID-19, other people end up in the hospital.

Since SARS-CoV-2 is a novel virus, there is no proven treatment for those who get infected. Scientists and medical doctors around the world are searching for effective treatments. Dr. Didier Raoult is a French physician, virologist, and specialist in infectious diseases. He has developed a treatment plan that combines hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), zinc, and Azithromycin. Dr. Raoult has used this combination very successfully on more than 1,050 patients.

Here in America, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko has treated more than 600 COVID-19 patients with the same treatment plan as Dr. Raoult, also with excellent results. In Texas City, Dr. Robin Armstrong is the medical director of The Resort, a senior care facility. When some of the residents became infected with COVID-19, he used the HCQ, zinc, and Azithromycin protocol. Even though all of his patients were over the age of sixty-five and had underlying conditions like COPD, heart disease, and diabetes, Dr. Armstrong achieved a 92% recovery rate.

Hydroxychloroquine is a medicine for malaria that has been used successfully for sixty-five years. It has been proven safe and effective for other health problems as well. Dr. Daniel J. Wallace, for example, has used HCQ for years to treat his lupus patients.

Dr. Anthony Cardillo is the Medical Director and CEO of Mend Urgent Care in California. He has researched the medical literature on hydroxychloroquine and is convinced he understands why the combination of HCQ plus zinc is so effective.

According to Dr. Cardillo, the HCQ opens portals, or channels, in the membranes of our cells which allows extra zinc to enter. Once inside, the zinc disrupts the chemical process (reverse transcription) that enables the virus to multiply (replicate). Unable to make new SARS-CoV-2 viruses, the infection is stopped, the patient recovers, and COVID-19 is defeated. Dr. Cardillo reports that his patients start to recover in eight to twelve hours. He emphasizes that HCQ and zinc must be used together because hydroxychloroquine by itself is not very effective.

And yet, there have been cases where HCQ alone stopped the disease. It is believed that patients who recover after being treated only with HCQ have elevated blood levels of zinc. Zinc is an important nutrient that is essential for healing and for a healthy immune system. This might explain why young, healthy people--those who rarely show zinc deficiencies--have been affected the least by COVID-19. On the other hand, the elderly do commonly have zinc deficiencies, in which case it is not surprising they are suffering the most.

These and other medical experts, like Dr. Stephen Smith who has treated almost 200 people infected with COVID-19, agree that HCQ and zinc should be used early in the infection. Once a patient is in intensive care and on a ventilator, it becomes much more difficult to recover.

As a result of the success of HCQ and zinc, many people are supplementing their diets with zinc. However, caution should be used. Too much zinc can suppress your immune system. Nutrition experts like Michael Murray recommend a dose range of between 25 mg and 50 mg per day, and you should never take more than 200mg unless your physician prescribes it.

In addition to hydroxychloroquine and zinc, all of the doctors mentioned above use the antibiotic Azithromycin. Sold under the brand name Zithromax ZPak, Azithromycin will not destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it very effectively treats other, secondary infections like pneumonia. When your body is trying to fight off one infection, the last thing you need is a secondary infection.

SARS-CoV-2 is a new, never seen before, virus, therefore COVID-19 is a new, never seen before, disease. As such, there is nobody on earth (not even the so-called experts we see on TV every day) who knows what’s going to happen in the next week or the next year.

Doctors and nurses who are on the front-line in this war against COVID-19 deserve our respect and admiration. Thanks to doctors like the ones mentioned above we have, hopefully, the first safe and effective treatment for COVID-19.

by Nick Connor
Original post: April 24, 2020
Revised: May 7, 2020

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