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Newsletter #6: COVID News, Olive Oils, and Electric Vehicles

February 2022


Facts and Opinion regarding Covid-19

 

My recent bout of Omicron. I received the Covid-19 vaccine, made by Pfizer, approximately 1 year ago.  Over the Christmas holiday, my son came to visit from San Francisco.  Unfortunately, he brought Covid-19 with him, most likely from the airport.  About 3 days after he arrived I developed a nonproductive cough, low-grade fever, and fatigue.  Symptoms were relatively mild. 

 

I started on the following protocol:

 

  • VITAMIN C 500 mg 3 times daily for 1 week

  • VITAMIN D 10,000 units daily for 3 days and then decreased back to my usual dose

  • Zinc gluconate 100 mg daily for 3 days and then 50 mg for a week

  • ASPIRIN 162 mg daily (this is 2-81 mg tablets) for 14 days  

  • Hydrogen Peroxide gargle  3 times daily in the form of Colgate Peroxyl mouth rinse

 

My symptoms resolved within about 3 days of starting this regimen, with the exception of a mild dry cough that persisted for another 4-5 days.  While only anecdotal, I do think there is some science behind a protocol similar to this. Just an FYI

 

More on masks.  The Federal government is now saying what doctors have been telling patients for two years now: That cloth masks are poorly effective, if at all, and only surgical masks, N95 and KN95 masks provide some degree of protection.  They do a better job of protecting those around you compared to the user.  However, there is a caveat.  According to the CDC, as much as 60% of all KN95 masks do not meet the standards established for these masks and may be poorly effective. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/types-of-masks.html) This is especially true for masks that come from China.  With that said, I find it interesting that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued  Chinese-made KN95 masks to each member of the House of Representatives. 

The best reason to wear a mask! Welch researchers found that masking up may make men look more attractive to the opposite sex and that some kinds of masks do a better job of this than others.  The researchers showed 43 women pictures of men's faces.  They were asked to rate attractiveness of the guys without a mask, with a cloth mask, a blue medical mask, or as they held a plain black book over the area a mask would cover.  Men with blue surgical masks were rated the most attractive.  These findings were published on January 10 in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.

 

Did you get your free Covid tests from the government? They may not be accurate.  If you ordered your Covid tests from the government through the mail and they happen to sit on your porch in the freezing temperatures for any length of time, they may not be accurate.  Anything that can freeze the liquid inside the test will cause a false negative reading.  Meaning the test will say you do not have Covid, even if you do.  If your tests were sitting outside for any significant length of time they probably should be discarded. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2022/02/04/cold-temperatures-could-affect-home-covid-test/6650634001/

 

Putting your risk of death in perspective. As I have stated many times, I believe that all high-risk people should be immunized against Covid-19. In these groups, it clearly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death. With that said, I think it is important to keep our actual risk in perspective. An article published by the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy does a nice job of just that.(https://www.mackinac.org/for-most-people-coronavirus-presents-similar-risks-as-car-accidents). If you are under the age of 55, your risk of dying from Covid is about the same as dying in a car crash (0.012% vs. .009%). If you are under 45 your risk of dying in a car crash is actually twice that of Covid.


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