The Lancet doubled down on its previous smear of Hydroxychloroquine (Mehra et al.), the main component of the effective COVID-19 treatments. On July 9, it published Continue reading The Lancet Doubles Down on anti-HCQ Fraud
2020-07-10: A long letter HCQ vs C19 is uploaded, then updated on 07-11.
There is a simple way to stop COVID-19 now. Treat patients early with HCQ + AZ. That rapidly decreases the viral load in the patient and the probability of infecting others.
Then R drops below 1 & the epidemic ends. Countries that used CQ/HCQ for malaria – including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and African countries – did not have COVID-19 epidemic. Countries that started using HCQ+AZ at the early stage of the disease, stopped epidemic. All countries with high mortality rates
Peer reviewed studies show that Hydroxychloroquine works: “Global HCQ studies. PrEP, PEP, and early treatment studies show high effectiveness, while late treatment shows mixed results.”
Originally published on July 6. Updated on July 10.
Hydroxychloroquine-based COVID-19 Treatment, A Systematic Review of Clinical Evidence and Expert Opinion from Physicians’ Surveys was published in WUWT on July 7, 2020.
Hypothesis: Restrictions on Hydroxychloroquine Contribute to the COVID-19 Cases Surge was published in WUWT on July 5, 2020.
The main thing about Hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19: HCQ+AZ given early. They are administered together in the early, viral stage of the disease, before the viral load reaches its maximum (around 5 days after onset of symptoms) or even overwhelms the body. Individually, HCQ & AZ have some antiviral activity against Wuhan coronavirus. However, administered together, they have a synergistic effect, and are very strong antiviral. Zinc is for a bonus effect. I think that the synergy created by combining HCQ+AZ is what Dr. Fauci and other knowledgeable doctors missed.
The spike in new cases in Texas after June 15 is very pronounced. Florida and Arizona had a rise in new cases since June 1. I think it is caused by the fear to use HCQ, caused by the FDA. In any case, an early HCQ+AZ (+Zn) treatment is an effective measure to prevent spread of COVID-19. Continue reading Published in WUWT
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?
Google’s YouTube also removed the Didier Raoult’s presentation of his HCQ+AZM treatment, published on YouTube on March 16, and embedded in the website of the medical institute which he heads! The video was removed by March 29 with the message “Video unavailable. This video contains content from Canal Plus, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.” It had accumulated more than 1.4 million views before that. The video is restored now. It contains no Canal Plus (a French TV company owned by Vivendi), copyright, logo, name, or anything that can be mistaken for its content. Canal Plus is a French TV company owned by Vivendi. Even if it had any rights in it and submitted a take down notice (both are doubtful), displaying it was fair use. Google took it down in bad faith. It seems there were attempts to remove it since March 23 by other means before the copyright excuse. YouTube removed not only the video, but the text and the link to the presentation GENERAL ASSEMBLY AP-HM CARE AND DIAGNOSIS. Monday March 16, 2020, hosted on the Institute’s website. (This paragraph was added on June 21.)
On March 22, a video about Dr. Zelenko and his HCQ+AZM+Zn treatment for COVID-19 was posted on YouTube. It was removed within a couple of weeks “for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.” YouTube removed other videos about Hydroxychloroquine based COVID-19 treatment.
Twitter, Google’s YouTube, and Facebook use the uncompensated labor of their users. These platforms sell that labor, as a media product, to other users and advertisers for tens of billions of dollars.
Granted, not every tweet is labor, and not every Facebook or Twitter user is a laborer. But people who contribute using their professional skills or in a work-like manner (for example citizen-journalists or scientists) are indeed laborers. A single post or tweet might express the results of weeks or months of investigative journalism or research.
Twitter started as a communication utility. YouTube marketed itself as a platform for self-expression. Facebook was something of both. However, things started to change as all three companies introduced significant requirements for user-produced content. Slowly, the requirements became stricter and longer, becoming almost product specifications for the content. Only YouTube financially compensates its user-contributors, but considers this a privilege, to be granted or withdrawn at will (“demonetization”).
Labor Must Be Compensated
Since the Democrats lost the civil war 150 years ago, labor must be compensated. The compensation does not have to be financial. Many authors and other creators are happy to write or create for various publications without payment, in exchange for other types of consideration, such as visibility, promotion, and distribution (Tasini v. AOL, 2012). Continue reading Peonage Was Abolished. Do Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Know?
Added on June 27: Mahevas et al., from pre-print to publication to forced disclosure of conflicts of interest.
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. Continue reading Bad Anti-Hydroxychloroquine Studies
🙂 New evidence of Trump – Putin collusion! Trump and Putin both encouraged the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment and prevention, despite the lack of evidence of its efficacy (not counting in-vitro research, clinical success in France, South Korea, China, and some 3-4 randomized controlled trials). Russia and the “Trump country” states report less than 100 COVID-19 deaths per million population. Russia has embraced hydroxychloroquine-based treatment for COVID-19. Continue reading Trump – Putin Collusion in COVID19
No, a red triangle with a black outline is not a nazi symbol. Far left outfits Color of Change and/or Bend the Arc have shown a red triangle, attached to prisoners’ uniform, and a document in German. This is a smear campaign. The attempted demonetizing of The Federalist was the first shot in it. Continue reading Stop Facebook, Twitter, and Google
Jack Dorsey, a tweet from April 2009
Twitter succeeds when it’s not talked about so much, blurs into the background, & is used as a utility. Like electricity.
Can an electrical company cut off electricity to a customer whose views it does not share? No, it cannot. Twitter was created and has marketed itself as a telecommunication utility, so it should be treated as one. This is called common carrier in telecommunication. Before 2016, it even acted like one. More quotes (emphasis is mine everywhere):
Free expression is part of our company DNA. We are the platform that lets users see what’s happening and to see all sides.
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
June 15 update. I used to believe that impact of financial conflicts of interest was exaggerated. Apparently, that has changed over the last decade or two.
Influence of conflicts of interest on public positions in the COVID-19 era, the case of Gilead Sciences, Yanis Roussel, Didier Raoult, New Microbes and New Infections Journal, 2020-06-04:
In the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, several treatments are available to treat patients infected with the virus. Some are protected by patents, such as remdesivir, others are not, such as hydroxychloroquine. We wanted to observe the possible correlation between the fact, for an academic doctor in infectious diseases, of having benefited from funding by Gilead Sciences, producer of remdesivir, and the public positions taken by this doctor towards hydroxychloroquine. Our results show a correlation (correlation coefficient = 1) between the amount received from the Gilead Sciences company and public opposition to the use of hydroxychloroquine in France.
Correlation coefficient = 1 means a perfect correlation. It is still open to interpretation: whether cash from Gilead causes a doctor to talk negatively about HCQ, or the negative opinion about HCQ causes the doctor to flock to remdesivir and Gilead. That might be different for different doctors.
At least 7 (seven) members of the Panel on COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines, including 2 out of 3 Co-Chairs, have not disclosed their financial ties to Gilead Sciences (GILD), the patent owner and manufacturer of remdesivir. Continue reading COVID-19 Panel Gilead Ties
On May 22-24, Sermo surveyed more than 4,000 physicians globally, 555 of whom treated COVID-19 patients. The results:
- Hydroxychloroquine-based treatment remain the first choice of doctors for outpatient treatment globally, with a few exceptions such as the US, UK, Canada.
- No treatment is the first choice of doctors in the US and UK; HCQ-based treatments are the second choice
- 35% of doctors using it said that Hydroxychloroquine is Extremely Effective or Very Effective in treating COVID-19 (excluding ‘no opinion’ answer)
Only 14% of US doctors treated outpatients with HCQ, compared with 30% abroad. “AZM or similar” was used by only 26% of US doctors compared with 49% abroad. It was even worse in the UK and Canada. Continue reading Hydroxychloroquine is Very Effective for COVID19, Doctors Say
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, but Misinterpreted
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
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
June 12: Surgisphere’s website is suspended by the hosting provider.
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.
Google Search for vitamin C in the context of COVID-19 returns no useful advice or options to buy it. Continue reading Google vs Vitamin C
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
The article We misunderstood coronavirus, now we underestimate its consequences is back, so this backup became unnecessary and has been removed.
Last two days, March 5 and 6, saw sharp increase in the coronavirus deaths in the US. The cause seems to be recommendations against Hydroxychloroquine-based treatments (HCQ+AZ or HCQ+AZ+Zn at the onset of the symptoms), issued by a NIH panel on April 21, and by FDA on April 24. Continue reading Do COVID19 Deaths Rise because of Advice against HCQ?
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.
2020-04-27 update: Yes, it did. Most members of the COVID-19 Treatment Panel had ties to Gilead. Continue reading Did Gilead Aid the Hit Job against HCQ?
CDC and/or state governments need to test random individuals (population representative sampling) for the current infection and/or antibodies. Antibodies are indication of prior infection and immunity. Continue reading Random Population Sampling!
On April 16, my article How to re-open the country and control COVID-19 #coronavirus was published by WUWT. Some of the main points of the article are: Continue reading Back to Normal, Controlling COVID19