Boulware et al. Affirms HCQ Efficacy, Distorted by WaPo

Another anti-HCQ paper (A Randomized Trial of Hydroxychloroquine as Postexposure Prophylaxis for Covid-19, Boulware et al.) was published in NEJM today at 5 pm. The conclusions of this study should have been:

We gave post-exposure Hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis incorrectly, without Zinc and Azithromycin. Despite that, in the blind placebo-controlled part of the clinical trial, Hydroxychloroquine decreased the COVID-19 ratio more than 1.4 times. 

Another part of the trial consisted of physician and physician assistants, who quickly recognized placebo, and were able to take Hydroxychloroquine themselves. Continue reading Boulware et al. Affirms HCQ Efficacy, Distorted by WaPo

Preparations to Pandemic Flu, 2006

Inglesby et al., Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza; Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science; 2006

It has been recognized that most actions taken to counter pandemic influenza will have to be undertaken by local governments, given that the epidemic response capacity of the federal government is limited. Continue reading Preparations to Pandemic Flu, 2006

Twitter is Communication Network

Twitter was created as a communication network. This is how it has been marketed to the users. This is how it acted until the 2016 elections. Examples:

Evan Williams, Twitter CEO, 2009, TED Talk:

One of my favorites is what happened a few months ago when there was a gas shortage in Atlanta. Some users figured out that they would Twitter when they found gas — where it was, and how much it cost — and then appended the keyword “#atlgas” which let other people search for that and find gas themselves. And this trend of people using this communication network to help each other out goes far beyond the original idea of just keeping up with family and friends. Continue reading Twitter is Communication Network

Re Hydroxychloroquine Shortages

A new article in JAMA Network (Vaduganathan et al.) describes a peak in hydroxycholoroquine dispensing by pharmacies in the week of March 15-21, although misinterprets its cause. But its statistics confirms conclusions of my article Distributed Denial of HCQ to COVID-19 Victims, published in WUWT on May 11. That was panic buying by chronic lupus and/or rheumatoid arthritis patients, triggered by the news media and amplified by Google and so-called social media. On March 20, multiple outlets announced  that HCQ buying by COVID-19 patients was causing shortages for its “legitimate users”. There were no shortages at that time. But multiple repetitions of that lie caused lupus and RA patients to buy as much HCQ as they could – and many had unfulfilled prescriptions for 90 days.That led to actual shortages in a few days. Continue reading Re Hydroxychloroquine Shortages

Bad Anti-Hydroxychloroquine Studies

Physician reports on hundreds of successfully treated, high-risk patients are not anecdotal evidence, even if they are not published in peer reviewed papers. Treating such reports as scientific evidence is long overdue. When researchers publish on this topic, failure to properly cite these reports is bad scientific conduct. If issues or questions arise, researchers can contact the practicing physicians directly and ask for any additional information needed. Researchers may choose to dismiss these reports and explain their reasons for doing so, but they cannot simply ignore them. Stating that such reports do not exist is scientific fraud.

Top tier peer reviewed medical journals – The Lancet, NEJM, BMJ, and JAMA Network – published and promoted low-quality or fraudulent anti-Hydroxychloroquine papers because of the political agenda of their editors. Other papers circulated as pre-prints. Continue reading Bad Anti-Hydroxychloroquine Studies

Surgisphere’s COVID-19 Tools are Deadly Fraud

Based on fake Surgisphere’s data from “169 hospitals located in 11 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America“, a NEJM study, concluded that “Our results did not confirm previous concerns regarding a potential harmful association of ACE inhibitors or ARBs with in-hospital death [in COVID-19]“.

Surgisphere’s website hosts an application or applications, pretending to assist physicians and patients with COVID-19 diagnostics and decision making. These applications are called Rapid Triage, Severity Scoring, Diagnosis, Mortality Risk. In fact, these are simple Javascript exercises without any health care value. But they accept input and give output, and a user might be deceived to believe that they provide functionality, described in the Surgisphere’s press releases and other promotional materials. Continue reading Surgisphere’s COVID-19 Tools are Deadly Fraud

Anti-HCQ Paper in The Lancet Uses Fake Data

Good news: Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk Covid-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis, Harvey A Risch, May 27, 2020,  American Journal of Epidemiology

Five studies, including two controlled clinical trials, have demonstrated significant major outpatient treatment efficacy. Hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin has been used as standard-of-care in more than 300,000 older adults with multicomorbidities, with estimated proportion diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmias attributable to the medications 47/100,000 users … These medications need to be widely available and promoted immediately for physicians to prescribe.

Continue reading Anti-HCQ Paper in The Lancet Uses Fake Data

Possible Role of Cod Liver Oil or Fish Rich Diet in COVID19 Prevention

Cod liver oil has been used as a prevention against acute respiratory tract infections (ARTI) and for symptom relief for rheumatism, for decades if not centuries (1). It is likely useful in the prevention of COVID-19 and/or alleviating its symptoms.

Cod liver oil (CLO) is a natural source of vitamin D, vitamin A, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading Possible Role of Cod Liver Oil or Fish Rich Diet in COVID19 Prevention

Notes 2020-Q2

The NIH HCQ+AZ trial is useless. On the 2nd day, placebo patients will understand they receive placebo, and will get HCQ+AZ (possibly + Zn) from somewhere else.

If they do blood or urine tests, they will discover that. But such tests are not planned, according to the study registration. Placebo patients with light symptoms will continue taking placebo. Thus, even if the NIH researchers remove patients with HCQ/AZ traces in blood or urine, the comparison will remain biased against HCQ+AZ.

This trial started on May 1, and its primary completion date is October 9, so it doesn’t matter anyway.

Google Removed Key Paper on Hydroxychloroquine

Google blocked access to An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19) by James M. Todaro, MD, and Gregory J. Rigano, dated by March 13, 2020. This paper was widely credited (blamed by the Fake News Media) for proposing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment against COVID-19. How can someone rationalize removing information about a possible cure, amid a global pandemic? Are there still humans in charge at Google? Continue reading Google Removed Key Paper on Hydroxychloroquine

Backup of Article under Attack for Advocacy against Lockdowns

This is an unsolicited backup of an article on SJVSun. Defects in formatting are mine. The article discusses the response to the COVID-19 epidemic, and advocates for lifting lockdowns. At least one other article, co-authored by the author, was removed from Medium[.]com for this advocacy. This new article is available in its source only intermittently, probably because of a denial of service attack, involving MOTU employees and/or contractors. I will keep it up for a few days, or until the authors or copyright owner requests removal. Continue reading Backup of Article under Attack for Advocacy against Lockdowns

Assault on Hydroxychloroquine

My article Pseudo-Science behind the Assault on Hydroxychloroquine has been published in WUWT. Some points from it:

  • Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)-based treatments are effective for COVID-19, unless started too late.
  • There are a couple of borderline fraudulent pre-prints, trying to cast doubt on that, and they are endlessly cited in the media. Then there are a couple of serious studies, which are misinterpreted not only by the media, but by NIH and FDA as well
  • Severe COVID-19 frequently causes cardiac effects, including heart arrhythmia. This is not a fault of HCQ.
  • Millions of people regularly take drugs causing QTc prolongation, which might increase risk of heart arrhythmia and even cardiac in for COVID-19 patients with other risk factors.

Continue reading Assault on Hydroxychloroquine

Epidemic Victims are Normally Treated Separately from Regular Patients

The most common mistake made in the COVID-19 response was treating contagious COVID-19 victims in the same hospitals and hospital areas as non-COVID19 patients. This happened both in Wuhan and in New York City.

Stephen McIntyre tweeted yesterday:

western nations completely ignored procedures that Western doctors use in controlling epidemics in Africa and elsewhere. An interesting and experienced doctor said that their FIRST act is to create field hospital exclusively for epidemic patients, keeping regular hospitals safe Continue reading Epidemic Victims are Normally Treated Separately from Regular Patients

Google Virus Spreads Panic

Google and the fake news media supported by it by cash and undisclosed promotional placement continue spreading panic. Note the words in the first thumb image: Chaos at American Airports. This is what enemy propaganda looks like.

Also note that the link on the very top does not point to any location, but proposes to share the original search, i.e. self-propagates like a virus.

Screenshot of Google Search

Obama Administration Left USA Unprepared

The book Three Seconds Until Midnight by Dr. Steven Hatfill, Robert Coullahan, and Dr. John Walsh, published in November 2019, explains that we must be constantly prepared to pandemics caused by RNA viruses, which might be many times more lethal than COVID-19. It also shows the state of (un-)preparedness, in which the US was in 2014-2017.

The name of Dr. Steven Hatfill might be familiar. He was the victim of Mueller’s investigation methods following the 2001 anthrax letters. Dr. Steven Hatfill was cleared in the court, and received compensation. In the following quotes, the emphasis is added. Continue reading Obama Administration Left USA Unprepared