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  1. I'm not addressing anything regarding the President's views or the media's. I'm trying to stick to medical professionals whose expertise I've grown to trust over time.
  2. I've heard medical doctors who don't have a preference on drug choices and are presenting all the promising medical news regularly, talk about the unfortunate way the VA study was done. From the clinical data (numerical values) presented for each cohort, it is obvious that the study was grossly flawed, giving the full cocktail only to the sickest patients, ones with bad. bad numbers. Of course it is ineffective at that point.
  3. Ktgrok, I'm no doctor or researcher, but even I can see holes big enough to drive a Mack truck through in this study. For crying out loud, they combined the data from HCQ and CQ. How in the world is that an honest assessment? Why, oh why, are some of the protocols using it without zinc? Why are they using it with AZ, which by itself causes QT prolongation and cardiac events? When you give the two together... Eeeeesh!
  4. Someone said that they would need to mask for two weeks when they got home, inside the home. Honestly, I don't think anyone will be willing to wear a mask for two weeks. I have worn a mask for 3-4 days after I've been out (double masked and gloved while out) and then, due to poor timing of allergies, had a cough or sore throat for a couple of days. I cannot tell you how awful it is to wear a mask around the clock for a few days in your own home. I would wear one for two weekd if I were sick or if husband were sick, but not if someone is not sick. I would put them up at a hotel for a week before inflicting that on them.
  5. I've thought this through extensively, as I have a trip coming up. Some of this is already what I do, since I'm the one "out and about" for the family. Getting into the car after being out in public: keep hand sanitizer in both car door pockets, or handy somehow (but not in sunlight). When you get in the car, do not close the door. Reach for the sanitizer pump, rub a liberal glob of sanitizer all over the gloves and on the top of the pump. Be generous with the coating of sanitizer on the gloves. Pull off gloves by catching hold of both sets of fingertips while your gloves are still on, do not turn inside out. Depending on the vehicle, figure out where you'll "hang" or "set" the gloves to dry. By the time they are dried, evaporated off, chances are very high the virus will be killed if you use a liberal coating. Only after hanging up the gloves do you touch anything inside the car. If you have plenty of gloves and can burn through them, then just doff them like a medical professional would. Don't carry anything with you in your hands once you're out of the car. Everything goes in your pockets, leaving your hands free. You only need your phone (only if a dire need), keys, ID, your CC, a pocket-sized sanitizer and several paper towels for door handles in your pockets when you go into a gas station, restaurant, or store. (Phone will stay much cleaner if left in the car. That's of value, since a phone rarely fits entirely in a lady's pants pocket.) When you are ready to get out of the car, put everything that wasn't already in your pockets in them, and then after you've opened your car door with your bare hands, glove and mask up. Only touch the outside door handle after you're gloved. Any door handles you touch in the store, you can use the paper towels if you'd prefer. I tend to forget and touch clothing, edges of pockets, and other things with my gloved hands, so I prefer to keep my gloves as clean as possible. Glove up for pumping gas, and then sanitize the gloves if you also have to do something else after pumping. Touch the pump buttons with the tip of your key. (If needed, you can sanitize your key/key fob, and your CC when you get back into the car.) Amazon some toilet seatc overs if you have to use public restrooms. They come in little travel packs, so that can go in a pocket, too. Use public restrooms in the convenience store, not in a rest stop, as those are undoubtedly lower volume. I've found spray germicide to be immensely useful, and I keep several masks in the car. If I had to use a public restroom, I'd come out when finished, do the getting into the car routine, take my mask off outside the car, spritz it with germicide, put it in the trunk, and then use another mask the next time. I would not re-use the "restroom" mask that went into the bathroom until another day. Virus is excreted in bodily fluids and feces, and toilet plumes are real. On the trip, I'd do everything I could think of to avoid public bathrooms, including pulling off in a secluded area off the interstate and availing myself of nature's facilities. Or if you're comfortable, bring bags and a camp potty, but I have not figured out what to do with the (ahem) used bags. That spray germicide is useful for hotel rooms, too. Others have covered their thoughts on hotel rooms, so I won't add any more. I hope that helps.
  6. My daughter is due on Oct 6. Thank God she is in a lower caseload area than we are here. Sigh.
  7. Good question! First, this is just out, so honestly, I am dependent on hearing what doctors say about it, since I really have no professional qualifications. There are studies that look good, but then peer review happens: I don't have that expertise. (I CAN ask good questions, and I have a rudimentary understanding of biochemistry. ) Second, I have no idea why the French added AZ to the HCQ cocktail, and after that, many institutions ran with it. I am repeating what the toxicologist on the JAMA interview said: that AZ (and I think similar drugs) have a risk on their own of causing heart arrhythmias, so they should be watched closely when given in conjunction. So, I guess, the finding doesn't surprise me? Also see this: https://files-profile.medicine.yale.edu/documents/7801c631-3dcc-48fc-a438-3aa18f3b7130 Yale's protocol, which includes NOT giving AZ in conjunction with HCQ, because (p. 5) "Combination of HCQ and azithromycin and atazanavir can increase the risk for QTc prolongation." Another question on this: they included hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, combined, in their analyses. That's not helpful, lumping the two together. We know that chloroquine is a much more toxic drug, has a much higher risk profile. Someone needs to question that logic. This is a retrospective study, they can absolutely break out the two patient groups. How did the HQC patients do? And following on the first paragraph, what about JUST HCQ + zinc without AZ? How did those patients do in the hospital? For HCQ to work, it has to be given early, and it doesn't work by itself, it works with zinc, because it seems it's the zinc that inhibits the viral replication, and HQC is the ionophore that transports it. Zinc also changes the pH, so there are concurrent mechanisms for efficacy. Did all the studies include zinc, or were some of them only HCQ, or worse, CQ? I'm looking forward to the double-blind studies, and I hope someone has been doing a study with an outpatient cohort; that's what I'm most interested in. What happens when it's given early before people have so much organ damage? What makes me ask that question is the rather remarkable success of this being used in a nursing home in Texas. They had one patient (patient zero) die, and of everyone else who tested positive for SARS2, residents and caregivers, 39 were given the cocktail, and it sounds like only one person went to the hospital. (It's unclear if she was patient zero or someone else.) The residents are all elderly patients with co-morbidities. You'd think, statistically, some of them would have had a heart episode. It makes you wonder: was the doc also giving everyone Vit D? (LOL! Just kidding!) So many questions! It's very interesting how this was reported. Some reports are all over this guy for experimenting on people who couldn't give consent! Some are applauding him for taking swift action, and saving so many lives! (It's sadly very politicized!) For patients who are hospitalized, I'm really, really looking forward to the studies on leronlimab, a CCL5/RANTES blocker. https://www.cytodyn.com/newsroom/press-releases/detail/426/manuscript-describes-how-cytodyns-leronlimab-disrupts This has multiple applications, including for triple-negative breast cancer. OMgoodness, that would be so wonderful to have something that would help those patients! Apparently, it has a very, very good risk profile. Sadly, it's new, probably expensive, and will have limited availability. If you want to hear more about it, there is a good interview on YouTube with Dr. Yo, Dr. Mike Hansen, and Dr. Patterson.
  8. I really have to think it's a follow the money thing. And more than just a little Trump-reactionary knee-jerk. I'm immensely grateful for the two-edged swords in our lives: our national passion for individual liberty and for social media/alternative information sources. (I can't abide newscasts, but the medical channels on YT have been marvelous.) :-)
  9. Which begs the question, if we are interested in catching infection early on in those with the most exposure, such as healthcare workers and family members of someone with a confirmed positive illness, why in the world **** aren't we treating *most* people with the HCQ cocktail?!? We know that it really dampens viral replication. We know it is a drug with a low risk profile. It's inexpensive and relatively well tolerated by the vast majority of people. Why, why why, why, why?!?!?!?! Or how about this? HCQ as the choice for most people, but under their doc's guidance, provide interferon as an alternative? Argh. (I'm not expecting you to answer this, Ktgrok.)
  10. Funny, this thought crossed my mind the other day. My dh's doc is retirement age, could practice for another 20 years if he wanted to because he's very active and "young" but I wondered if he would treat people the way he wants to, and then just choose to hang up his spurs. He's already out of the norm on a couple of chronic disease treatment things, so it will be interesting to see what he does. Somehow, I need to talk with him proactively and do some if-thens so that should hubby get sick, we won't be wasting time.
  11. No, sorry! I have taken several over time, and currently am taking NOW foods. I also drink 2 cups of organic sencha green tea daily so I'm getting full spectrum, but that's just a way of life thing. On the quercetin, I'm taking EMIQ (isoquercitrin) which is what has been used in various clinical studies. (It is packaged by various companies.) It has better bioavailability. Same with zinc: OptiZinc. Apologies: I haven't been as selective on the ECGC. If you find something you like, let me know.
  12. Nope. Nopety, nope, nope, and nope again to flying. Last night I was listening to a doctor who got sick while flying. It was well after lockdown, he is super healthy, in his early 40s, was masked and gloved and (ha!) well-equipped with hand-sanitizer. Had a short trip, like fly one day, back the next. And no, the airlines were NOT social-distancing people. Even though they said they were. He wished he had abandoned the flight, now that he knows what COVID is like. (And no one on the flight was coughing or sneezing near him.) He'd been in ICU, the only patient not intubated, and after 5 days, they downgraded him from critical to serious. The only thing he thought kept him from being intubated was his insistence that his labs weren't that bad, and he'd take the risk. If I had to go, I'd take my own vehicle, drive both ways, take a camp potty, a cooler of food, and put down a mattress in the back, or take a tent. I wouldn't rent a car, because God knows who has been in the car and what's in the cabin air filter. (At least with the airlines, it's a one way HEPA filtration system.) On second thought though, if I could rent the car a few days early and germicide the air system daily and let it sit in between, I might do that. Best wishes!
  13. His daughter's letter was a beautiful thing! I was so, so sad to see that. I would really have appreciated hearing his take-aways from our current situation! I will miss his insights! (One of my high school classmates was with RZIM for quite a few years, so that made following the ministry fun on a personal level.)
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