Fear is the Enemy


THE THREAT IS REAL BUT THE FEARS ARE OFTEN OVERBLOWN.

A systematic review on the efficacy and safety of chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19.

French researcher posts successful Covid-19 drug trial
[Excerpt]
“Chloroquine – which is normally used mainly to prevent and treat malaria – was administered via the named drug, Plaquenil.

The treatment was offered to 24 patients, who were among the first to become infected in the south east of France, and who had voluntarily admitted themselves to hospital for the process.

Patients were given 600mcg per day for 10 days. They were closely monitored, as the drug can interact with other medication, and cause severe side effects in some cases.

Professor Raoult said: “We included everyone who was in agreement [to be treated], which was almost everyone. Two towns in the protocol, Nice and Avignon, gave us [infected] patients who had not yet received treatment.

“We were able to ascertain that patients who had not received Plaquenil (the drug containing hydroxychloroquine) were still contagious after six days, but of those that had received Plaquenil, after six days, only 25% were still contagious.”

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The Cynic March 19, 2020 at 5:12 pm

The Spanish Flu of 1918 is estimated to have taken the lives 50 million people in the world; death caused by World War I is estimated to have resulted in 16 million deaths or about 62% less than the Spanish Flu. 50 million is 2.8% of the world’s population of 1918. The Spanish Flu afflicted about 20% of the world’s population which means that of those who contracted the disease, 13.9% died.

The Spanish Flu is estimated to have inflicted about 25% of the US population but the death rate among those inflicted was 2.7% of those inflicted. So while the percentage of the US population that was afflicted by this flu was higher than in the world as a whole, its death rate in the US for those inflicted was much lower. The Spanish Flu is credited with reducing life expectancy in the US by 12 years at its peak.

The characteristics of the Spanish Flu is much different than those of the Chinese Flu. While both the very young and old were among its primary target as is the case with the Chinese Flu, The Spanish Flu surprisingly targeted young adults as well.

While many Americans do not trust the over optimism of our President, the alleged “I would have done better” language of the Democratic Presidential Candidates is hardly reassuring either. Based on the statements of those whom I knew that were alive at the time, our fear today is far too stimulated by false reports in social media as well as the carefully crafted statements in the press, most of which are politically biased.

It feels as if the medical industry is working hard to end this pandemic. Catching up to a new disease or virus takes time especially when the government of the host country is as secretive as the Chinese Communist government. While the number afflicted worldwide could be greater than the Spanish Flu, it is very doubtful that the number of Chinese Flu related deaths will be anything close to the numbers seen in 1918.

Right now it seems that fear is our greatest enemy. It is hard to believe that by the end of this year, most of the ill effects of this flu will still be in front of us. With our efforts and the help of God Almighty God, the peak of this disease will be behind us by January 1, 2021.

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John A. Smaldone March 20, 2020 at 10:16 am

Shannon,

Good broadcast on your part, it is needed to be driven home about fear. All your points were very, very important, I hope many tuned into to you on the advise you just gave.

A President once said, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself”! Oh so true is that statement, panic and fear we are seeing everywhere, what we need is common sense everywhere! Why people thing by panicking it will rush the process to cure all evils, don’t they realize panic only delay’s the process?

Shannon, we have not talked in a long time, let’s talk one of these days, I would like that. In the meantime, you and your family take good care of yourselves!

Thanks again Shannon for the great broadcast,

John A. Smaldone

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