“…I feel obliged to agree with the restrictions on public life that we are currently taking on ourselves in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus…However I feel it is my duty to add the great importance of healthy lifestyle, sleep, exercise, proper diet, with herbal supplemental support to provide a scientific contribution to putting the current data and facts into perspective.”
– Medical Microbiologist and Professor, Dr Sucharit Bhakdi
The mortality rate of the coronavirus has been overestimated only because of the large number of people how are sick with obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and POCD. Below I outline some shocking facts, sad truths, and the only safe and effective solution for the coronavirus.
Miscalculated of Mortality Rates
One of the things we need to put into perspective is the mortality rate which is not nearly as high as the media would have us believe. Professor Bhakdi points out: “…the mistake is being made worldwide to report virus-related deaths as soon as it is established that the virus was present at the time of death – regardless of other factors…How, then, is a distinction to be made between genuine corona-related deaths and accidental virus presence at the time of death?” The truth is, many of the people who died from coronavirus were already very sick and would have died anyway in a short period of time.
The Center for Disease Control is increasing the numbers further with its guidelines for reporting coronavirus fatalities. In the guidelines, it explicitly states that COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all those “…where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death.” This means it doesn’t even need to be proven that the deceased patient even had COVID-19 or that COVID-19 was the primary cause, an assumption is enough.
The truth is, the majority of coronavirus-related deaths in humans are due to chronic diseases which compromise immunity and the body’s ability to defend itself and heal or cause the immune system to go haywire in response to the virus, and not damage caused by the virus itself.
It comes as no surprise to me that a new study by Italy’s national health authority found more than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions. More than 75% of coronavirus deaths in Italy had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes, 33% suffered from heart disease; and 48.5% had 3 or more existing medical conditions. The average age of those who died in Italy is 79.5; less than 20 people under the age of 50 died, and the few people who died under the age of 40 all had serious pre-existing medical conditions.
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Those who are otherwise healthy who get coronavirus present with mild symptoms or no symptoms at all; and these people are not being tested or accounted for in the coronavirus risk and mortality rates. NPR’s Science desk correspondent Jon Hamilton points out: “The denominator is missing a huge number of infected people who survive, and that makes the virus appear much more deadly than it really is.”
There were also factors in places such as Italy and China that don’t apply to the US. For instance, the level of air pollution is significantly higher in these places and it has been shown that air pollution greatly increases the risk of viral lung diseases in very young and elderly people.
Another factor worth mentioning is the health care system. Italy’s health care system was ill-prepared and quickly overwhelmed. The number of Intensive care unit (ICU) beds per person in the US is exceptionally high (even when compared to similarly wealthy countries such as Canada), and this number is considered a significant indicator of coronavirus preparedness.
The Social and Economic Impact – of Lockdown
We are just 3 weeks into lockdown and factories are already ceasing production, brick and mortar stores and restaurants are going out of business, unemployment spikes are unprecedented with 6.6 million cases filed to date, and a wave of loan defaults are underway. Economists predict if we end the lockdown after 60 days our economy will bounce back, but if we extend it any longer the economic impact would be irrevocably devastating.
Continuing with social isolation will save some lives in the short-term, there is no arguing with that fact. But social isolation is just delaying the inevitable spread, and some scientists warn it could actually make the spread worse if we delay the peak until next winter when viruses spread more easily. We’ve had viral pandemics throughout history, for instance, the 1918 Spanish Flu – but never in recent history have a whole nation and the world responded so quick. We must take this time of forced vacation to build our minds, bodies and connections to the world to better prepare for a future viral attack.
Fear is tramatic to the immune system
The media is sensationalizing in scary and dangerous ways. The New York Times published an article titled “‘The Other Option is Death’: New York Starts Sharing of Ventilators.” The implication was falsely made that New York is desperately short on ventilators and having to make life or death decisions. The fear-mongering was so bad that the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House – Deborah Birx had to make a public speech to put an end to it. In her speech she urged the media to stop scaring people with false facts and revealed the truth – New York still had free ICU beds remaining and over 1,000 ventilators available.
CBC is in on it too. They stole footage from a hospital in Italy (a country with far fewer resources) of people sharing ventilators and aired it to the public, making them believe it was footage of a hospital in New York. And the fear-mongering isn’t limited to the US. UK scientist Neil Ferguson warned the public that the coronavirus was going to lead to half a million deaths in the UK, a terrifying and grossly exaggerated prophecy which led to widespread panic. Later, he reneged and changed the number to a mere 20,000. the acutal number of deaths from the actual coronavirus, some might estimate to be as low as 500 to 1,000 deaths, when you take into account these people were going to die anyway from pre-existing conditions. His original number was absurd – nowhere in the world has there been a death rate of more than one in a thousand. Based on those predictions, Italy would have close to 400,000 deaths, and as of today, April the 3rd, they are currently at 14,681. The predictions simply don’t match the models.
What We All Need to Be Doing Right Now
We are all in lockdown for at least another month, and the safest, most effective way to put an end to the pandemic is for each of us to use this time to optimize our health and immune systems. Biologist and Harvard professor David Sinclair is urging everyone to move more, eat less animal products, avoid processed carbs be consuming whole fruit, vegetables, beans free of sugar, and quit smoking immediately. This is excellent advice, but I’d like to build on it.
In order to build immunity, you should eliminate or vastly reduce your intake of animal products because they increase the risk for almost every chronic disease, and are the primary carriers of highly infectious and contagious viruses. You should also avoid sugar, alcohol, and vegetable oils – all three of which are harmful to the immune system.
And finally, reduce stress, make high-quality sleep a top priority, spend time outdoors in the sunshine daily with proper social distancing, and start taking high-quality nutraceuticals to optimize your health and immunity.
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