April 9: Added above data from CDC comparing Flu, Pneumonia and Coronavirus Deaths.
Are we facing a life ending pandemic, or a severe strain of pneumonia / flu? Many governors and those in the media are acting as if we are facing a new Black Death plague. The data does not support this.
Kevin Roche gives facts from the real-world experiment conducted on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Its a worst case example, of the consequences of widespread prolonged exposure to the virus.
- There were 3711 people on board. They all had constant, heavy exposure to the virus. The population skewed far older than the general population.
- (But likely had few really sick people at the start of the cruise.)
- ONLY 20% OF PEOPLE GOT INFECTED.
- Out of the 20% who got infected, only 1/2 had any symptoms
- A very small percent were seriously ill.
- 10 people died. (Only .27% of the population of the ship)
Wuhan Coronavirus seems similar to pneumonia. Pneumonia affects weaker, sicker people more seriously and can cause death even in healthier people without the use of antibiotics. Without antibiotics, there would be many more pneumonia deaths. Advanced cases of pneumonia would require ventilators to keep people alive, just like with Wuhan Coronavirus.
Antibiotics used to cure pneumonia do not seem to work on the Wuhan Coronavirus. But the malaria drug Chloroquine phosphate, seems able to take the place of antibiotics. It has shown success in treating Wuhan Cornovirus infections. Like any drug, the earlier it is applied the more effective it will be.
When the media reports deaths due to Wuhan Coronavirus and predicts high ventilator usage, are they factoring in any Chloroquine phosphate treatment? How many doctors are even prescribing it? In what seems to be a politically motivated move, Nevada’s Democrat governor has even banned the use of anti-malaria drugs for Wuhan Coronavirus patients.
Wouldn’t it be more prudent to isolate those people most vulnerable to Wuhan Coronavirus or pneumonia to protect them? While the rest of us practice good hygiene – washing hands often when out, and not touching our eyes, mouths and nose. Pretend the surfaces you touch with your hands are contaminated and react accordingly.
If a year from now, Wuhan Coronavirus infection rates and death rates are proven similar to pneumonia, and Chloroquine phosphate ends up being an effective early treatment drug, there will be a lot of politicians with a lot of explaining to do about why they shutdown the economy and destroyed so many jobs and businesses when better options were available.
Added 3/28 – More date on Chloroquine. Study finds Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin Effective. 80 patients – All showed improvement except for a very sick 86-year-old with an advanced form of coronavirus infection.