Big bucks are up for grabs with the emergence of potential preventions and vaccinations for the newest coronavirus. And we see more and more hollow claims from firms and labs looking for money. Reader beware.
NB: We don’t need to be negative about any claim. Just don’t be too gullible. Think about who stands to profit (money, status, fame, power) from claims and if there is any proof or support for claims made.
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● Honest doctors will admit that much is still unknown about the newest coronavirus. That isn’t incompetence. Honestly, not all can be known about a new virus. That doesn’t mean that we should believe people who claim that we know nothing.
● Bacteria are autonomous micro-organisms that can multiply in the for them good environments, like our bodies at 37 degrees Celsius. We give ourselves a fever to inconvenience them until we have generated enough immunity to kill them (takes about a week). We can prevent them from growing by getting this immunity without waiting for a sick week. We may either put anti-bodies in our blood, quickly after we got infected already or just before that (passive vaccination), or we are given stuff that looks like the microbe so that our body makes immunity for the eventuality that we could meet the real thing later (active immunization). Medication, on the other hand, aims to hamper their biochemistry without messing up our own. But viruses are incomplete, compared to bacteria. They use our biochemistry to produce more viruses. So, it’s harder to find medicine that kills off viruses but not us. So, the best way to fight off viruses is a good vaccine, active immunization. Also with COVID-19, that is our big quest.
● Coronavirus DNA on surfaces doesn’t mean it can make you sick! It seems that more than anything, a closeness of mouths without masks is the most dangerous. Hand-washing has unclear benefits. Getting infected from the virus on hands, surfaces, in poop, and in our food may be as probable as getting an STD from the toilet seat.
● Virus mutations in people of already circulating viruses are suspected to be more contagious but less lethal per number of infected people. (But, when a new variation emerges, like from minks farms in the Netherlands or Denmark, it may be as dangerous as the first one from Wuhan. See below.) So, a lower death tolls doesn’t mean doctors got better at curing. And the ‘milder’ version may kill more people because it’s so much easier to catch.
● Low or high, climbing or declining anti-bodies, T-cells, and B-cells in the blood do not prove (a lack of) (changing) immunity. Immunity can’t be detected in the blood. Yet, it is not unthinkable for this immunity not to work against a major mutation of the virus (as we see with the common flu, with over 100 easily achieved mutations).
● A proper vaccine must have been tested on a large and diverse group of people to see if it’s both safe and effective enough. We shouldn’t trust ‘vaccines’ produced without proper and independent checks. People who push a certain cure or prevention must make a clear difference between expectations and hopes, still to be confirmed. Those who don’t, may just try to get rich. Any ‘vaccines’ from/tested in questionable countries (dictatorships, capitalist regimes) should be seen as dangerous until independently scientifically proven safe and effective.
● What is now called ‘cured’ means, not contagious anymore. But people can still be unwell for months from COVID-19. Some rare, nasty results could mean life-long invalidity or kill in the longer run.
● Six Western countries now report mink farms infections with the COVID-19 virus. Worse is that the virus has mutated in these minks with proven infections to humans. One or several such mutations, now not from bats but from minks, may have the potential to start a new pandemic. Acquired immunity from COVID-19 and vaccines now being tested might not protect against such new variants. (Denmark decided to kill off all its 16M minks within 2 weeks. Or won’t it? The Netherlands will take 5 months to kill its 1.5M.) This doom scenario is far from imaginary or certain. But here, old mottos work: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. And: prevention is better than cure. Wear your mask and keep your social distance.
Now more than ever, long-term optimism to go for the long haul may be the way to go. Just to hang in there, no matter what, may save your life.
Postscript November 11: It turns out that the hasty killing of all minks in Denmark was overly hasty. After killing two-thirds of all Danish minks, 13 million to be precise, it turns out that the mutated virus got eradicated.