Hope and COVID-19

“Illinois COVID-19 Update: IL reports 6,190 new coronavirus cases, 85 deaths as travelers return from Thanksgiving holiday.”

This is the headline of the daily COVID-19 update from ABC7 News in Chicago for the date of this writing, November 30, 2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic, these daily updates from the governor have been given using basically the same template: the number of new cases (meaning positive test results), deaths, hospitalized patients, and patients on ventilators. More recently, the “positivity rate” and total number of tests performed have been added to the reports.

These numbers are alarming! Add these to the personal stories of people suffering with and succumbing to the virus, sometimes including people in our own lives, and it can be difficult to find hope in this seemingly never-ending situation. It is certainly difficult to find any hope in these news updates.

If I was a journalist in one of these news conferences, these are some questions I would love to ask:

~How are the different hospitals treating people, and what successes can they report from all they have learned over the last 9 months?

~Why has there been no public discussion about designing outpatient treatment protocols to help reduce the number of people needing hospitalization?

~Is the only method of prevention avoiding contact with the virus or are there measures we can take to help our bodies deal with it appropriately when it does make contact?

I don’t know the intentions and motivations of all the people involved in excluding hope from the narrative we have been given about this virus, and I am not going to explore that here. I do want to bring attention to the fact that there IS hope in this situation, and it is not entirely wrapped up in masking and social distancing.

There actually have been hopeful developments in treatment and prevention of serious disease and death due to this virus since very early on. In the beginning of April 2020, New York City ER physician Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell posted a YouTube video in which he claimed that ventilators appeared to be harming COVID-19 patients more than they were helping. He stated “I believe we are treating the wrong disease, and I fear that this misguided treatment will lead to a tremendous amount of harm to a great number of people in a very short time.” Shortly thereafter, an article in UChicago Medicine stated “Doctors at the University of Chicago Medicine are seeing “truly remarkable” results using high-flow nasal cannulas rather than ventilators and intubation to treat some COVID-19 patients.” It went on to explain that UChicago Medicine teams were trying to “prevent the vent” as much as possible in order to get patients out of the ICUs faster and prevent potential harmful effects of ventilators such as lung injuries. Dr. Thomas Spiegel says “Avoiding intubation is key. Most of our colleagues around the city are not doing this, but I sure wish other ERs would take a look at this technique closely.”

I saw both of these stories unfold in April and felt great relief. It looked like the medical professionals on the frontlines were learning the best ways to approach treating the sickest people and soon there would be effective protocols rolled out across the country and world, and the pandemic would be under control. Obviously, I was wrong about a lot of that, but I was also right to have some hope. Since April, several protocols have been developed and used with success to both prevent people from becoming seriously ill with this virus when exposed and also to treat those who do. The problem is that these protocols are rarely, if ever, making the news, and are certainly not coming up in the government updates.

As with all matters of health and wellness, I encourage everyone to do their own research on the different methods of prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and discuss them with their trusted healthcare provider before choosing one to follow. The most important message I want to relay in this post is that there ARE ways to help your body deal with this and other viruses effectively and there ARE effective treatment protocols for those who do develop serious complications. We are not merely helpless victims of this virus!

As with all illness, our nutritional status plays a major role in determining how we respond to this virus. There have been studies linking nutrients such as vitamin D, zinc, chemical compounds found in green tea, muscadine grapes and dark chocolate, vitamin C and glutathione to improvement in the immune response to the SARS-COV-2 virus. For mild illness at home or outpatient, there has been success with taking higher doses of some of these vitamins and also with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy(HBOT), ozone and hydrogen peroxide therapies, ivermectin, budesonide and more. The encouraging thing to note is that different practitioners have seen good results from several different approaches, which means that we have options and are not restricted to only a few, sometimes difficult-to-obtain, treatments.

For severe cases in which hospitalization is necessary, the timing and order of treatment methods is very important to do correctly. It is important to avoid giving steroids during the viral replication stage of the infection, for example. Due to the lack of widespread adoption of an appropriate hospital protocol, I have personally printed out the MATH+ critical care protocol linked below and added a link to it on my phone’s home screen to share with the medical team in the event that I or a loved one needs to be hospitalized.

Before I share the treatment resources that I have found to be most helpful, I wanted to touch on the topic of fear again. In my flu shot post, I said that the best strategy for preventing fear-based decision-making is to gain as much knowledge about the subject causing the fear as possible. This situation is no different. It is certainly difficult to sift through all of the different and ever-changing information being thrown at us regarding this virus. However, I have discovered that there is a lot of useful and hope-filled information to be found when we search deeper than the news and official information given to us. Please do not be afraid to advocate for yourself and loved ones when you are confident with the knowledge you have gained about appropriate and inappropriate treatment methods.

Prevention and Treatment Resources (to be updated as new information is found):

Update 1/1/2021- Zelenko Protocol with a prophylaxis protocol and treatment using zinc, low-dose hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin: Doctor | Vladimir Zev Zelenko M.D. | United States (vladimirzelenkomd.com)

MATH+ Critical Care Protocol for COVID-19, first developed by Dr. Paul Marik and his team at Eastern Virginia Medical School: MATH+ Hospital Treatment Protocol | FLCCC | Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance

Update 12/11/20-  During a “hearing on “Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution”— Dr. Pierre Kory, President of the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), called for the government to swiftly review the already expansive and still rapidly emerging medical evidence on Ivermectin.” Home | FLCCC | Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance

Important interview with Dr. Marik in which he explains the critical nature of the timing and order of the treatments in the MATH+ protocol: COVID-19 Management With Dr. Paul Marik – Author Of MATH+ Protocol – YouTube

I-MASK Prophylaxis and Home/Outpatient Treatment Protocol: I-MASK+ Prophylaxis & Early Outpatient Treatment Protocol | FLCCC | Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance

Website with a compendium of the different prevention and treatment strategies: Healthy Immunity Now – Covid-19 Treatments, Natural Immunity.