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Pragmatic Prophet: California Death Rate from COVID . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 13 August 2021

Dear Ones,

Loathe though I be to broach such a topic, here are the figures on death by COVID in California to date: (64,016 deaths) divided by (4,085,001 confirmed cases to date) times 100 (to get the percent) = 1.6% death rate. Not so awful after all! Alice B. Clagett Link: “Tracking the Coronavirus in California,” by Los Angeles Times Staff, 13 August 2021 … https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/ .. This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.”

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Pragmatic Prophet: Maybe Breakthrough Infections Will Be Mild for Those Who Have Been Vaccinated . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 3 August 2021

Image: “Depiction of a person suffering from Nasal Congestion using a decongestant,” by https://www.myupchar.com/en … 26 December 2019, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Depiction_of_a_person_suffering_from_Nasal_Congestion.png … CC BY-SA 4.0 … Adapted.

Image: “Depiction of a person suffering from Nasal Congestion using a decongestant,” by https://www.myupchar.com/en … 26 December 2019, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Depiction_of_a_person_suffering_from_Nasal_Congestion.png … CC BY-SA 4.0 … Adapted. Dear Ones, It looks like U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham got the same mild sinus congestion symptoms from the Delta variant as I did a few weeks ago. I found buffered vitamin C alleviated the symptoms. I note the Senator had already been vaccinated for COVID, as have I been. Unlike the news media, I would not call this a ‘breakthrough infection’, but rather I would say it is proof that vaccination offers pretty good immunity to COVID infection. I say that because, a year prior to getting the COVID vaccine, I apparently got COVID (although there was no test in March 2020 to prove for sure that this was COVID). I can say the symptoms I got in March 2020 … which I felt must have been COVID … were far more severe than this mild sinus congestion I experienced in July 2021. I feel, from that, that my immune system is overall very prepared to fight off new COVID variants. Link: “Lindsey Graham Is 1st Vaccinated Senator to Test Positive for COVID-19,” by Meg Kinnard, 2 August 2021, in Los Angeles Times … https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-08-02/lindsey-graham-is-1st-vaccinated-senator-to-test-positive-for-covid-19 .. The buffered vitamin C I use, which I purchased on Amazon was called: “Thorne Research – Buffered C Powder – Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) with Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium – 8.15 Oz.” Of course, others may work just as well, provided they are ‘buffered’, so as to go easy on the intestinal tract … at least, that is how I understand it). Could be something like that is available in your area. Alice Clagett This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.” …………………..
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Pragmatic Prophet: COVID-19 Pandemic in California: Could Be the Worst Is Over

Written and published on 7 July 2021
By Alice B. Clagett

Image: “Policemen in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross, during the influenza epidemic. December 1918,” author unknown, December 1918, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spanish_flu_in_1918,_Police_officers_in_masks,_Seattle_Police_Department_detail,_from-_165-WW-269B-25-police-l_(cropped).jpg … public domain

Image: “Policemen in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross, during the influenza epidemic. December 1918,” author unknown, December 1918, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spanish_flu_in_1918,_Police_officers_in_masks,_Seattle_Police_Department_detail,_from-_165-WW-269B-25-police-l_(cropped).jpg … public domain

Dear Ones,

It appears to me that the COVID delta variant has taken over COVID cases in CA, and because it is very infectious, infections with COVID are increasing. But from the statistics I see that daily deaths from COVID in California are holding steady.

If that is true, then the COVID epidemic, which has so far lasted 14 months in the United States, is falling in line with the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, which lasted 15 months. Could be the worst is over.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Citation: “Delta Is Now State’s No. 1 Variant,”  by Rong-Gong Lin II and Luke Money, 5 July 2021,  in Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2021, pages A1, A6

Link: “Local News: As delta variant grows more prevalent, L.A. County reports largest daily increase in coronavirus cases since April,” by Erika Martin and Carlos Saucedo, 1 July 2021 … https://ktla.com/news/local-news/as-delta-variant-grows-more-prevalent-l-a-county-reports-largest-daily-increase-in-coronavirus-cases-since-april/ ..

Link: “Tracking the Coronavirus in California,” by Los Angeles Times Staff, in Los Angeles Times … https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/ ..

Link: “COVID-19 Pandemic,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic ..

Link: “Spanish Flu [1918 Influenza Pandemic],” in English Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu ..

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Pragmatic Prophet: End to COVID Pandemic in Los Angeles! . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 14 April 2021; published on 19 April 2021
Location: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California

Dear Ones,

Here is a film presaging the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in Los Angeles. There is a Summary after the film …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dudes, I am at the clearance section of a local department store here in Los Angeles, and look what is on clearance sale for a dollar … Here it is: In anticipation of the end of the COVID pandemic here in LA, a big discount on disinfecting surface wipes. Congratulations, everyone. We made it through!

Alice Clagett

This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.”

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Include Alcoholics and Hard Drug Users, Those with HIV or AIDS, and Sex and Porn Industry Workers in Phase 1b LA County COVID-19 Vaccinations? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 17 March 2021

Image: “Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine,” by Arne Müseler, 29 December 2020, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Covid19_vaccine_biontech_pfizer_2.jpg … CC BY-SA 3.0 … DESCRIPTION: http://www.arne-mueseler.com … CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=98215920 ..

Image: “Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine,” by Arne Müseler, 29 December 2020, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Covid19_vaccine_biontech_pfizer_2.jpg … CC BY-SA 3.0 … DESCRIPTION: http://www.arne-mueseler.com … CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=98215920 ..

  • ALCOHOLICS AND HARD DRUG USERS
  • THOSE WITH HIV OR AIDS
  • SEX WORKERS, PORN INDUSTRY WORKERS, AND CLIENTS OF SEX WORKERS

Dear Ones,

I took a look at the Centers for Disease Control’s proposed rollout for the COVID-19 vaccines … https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations.html … and saw that their Tier 2 for Phase 1c is …

“People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.”

Then I searched out who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines in Los Angeles County, California … http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm … and saw a roughly equivalent Tier 1b including people with serious medical conditions for whom vaccines are now available …  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/?level_1=step-1-eligibility&level_2=elig-health-conditions

From the latter webpage, I see that starting 15 March 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations are available in Los Angeles County for those who are 16 to 64 years of age and who have high risk health conditions and disabilities such as …

  • Cancer, current with weakened immune system
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • Solid organ transplant, leading to a weakened immune system
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (but not hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index of 40 or greater, CDC BMI Calculator)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%
  • People who, as a result of a developmental or other significant high-risk disability, meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • A COVID-19 infection is likely to result in severe life-threatening illness or death; OR
    • Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual’s ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival; OR
    • Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual’s disability.
    • The three criteria above include people with a range of physical and behavioral disabilities including
      • Individuals with severe behavioral health issues and substance use disorders …”

ALCOHOLICS AND HARD DRUG USERS

At the bottom of the list, I have bolded the directive that people with substance use disorders are able to get the vaccine now. That might include alcoholics and people who have a habit of using hard drugs, but that information might not yet be widely available as it is not bolded in the list. I feel it might be good to give it more emphasis on the Los Angeles County web page.

THOSE WITH HIV OR AIDS

Below that on the Los Angeles County list I see that enrolled customers of Medi-Cal HIV/AIDS Waiver can get the vaccines. As I read the description of the waiver, that would include a sector of people severely ill with HIV/AIDS, which would be good to include among those for whom the vaccine is available, of course, since HIV/AIDS infection lowers the immune response. 

  • I feel it would also be good to include all those over 15 years of age who have HIV or AIDS in the bolded list of health conditions and disabilities.

SEX WORKERS, PORN INDUSTRY WORKERS, AND CLIENTS OF SEX WORKERS

I see this list of Phase 1b occupations now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Los Angeles County …

  • Education and Childcare
  • Emergency Services
  • Food and Agriculture
  • People with Serious Health Conditions/Disabilities
  • People Who Live or Work in Congregate Living Spaces
  • Janitorial, Custodial, and Maintenance Services
  • Transportation and Logistics

It seems to me that since sex workers’ income depends on coming into close physical contact with clients, it is likely that sex work might be a nexus for COVID-19 transmission.

I read online that making pornographic films is legal in California (and also in New Hampshire). It seems to me likely that this is among the occupations that could be bulleted in the above list of eligible occupations. Possibly it might fall under the category “People Who Live or Work in Congregate Living Spaces,” but it seems to me documentation might be lacking because of concern for social opprobrium, especially for those engaged in that industry as a sideline to more mainstream occupations.

Thus I feel it would be good to include sex workers and porn industry workers in the list of high risk occupations. 

It might also be good if the health news websites were to publish the health measures they feel would help prevent infection for regular clients of sex workers.

Alice Clagett

This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.”

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Projected Future Curve of COVID-19 Pandemic . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 14 February 2021

Dear Ones,

I was wondering what the future curve of COVID mortality might look like. I found a curve for deaths for the Spanish flu epidemic, which I will attach here. It was ‘W’ shaped, with two small upticks and a big one in the middle …

Image: “Three pandemic waves: weekly combined influenza and pneumonia mortality, United Kingdom, 1918–1919,” Three waves of death during the pandemic: weekly combined influenza and pneumonia mortality, United Kingdom, 1918–1919. The waves were broadly the same globally. Taubenberger JK, Morens DM. 1918 Influenza: The Mother of All Pandemics. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006;12(1):15-22., CC BY … in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu#/media/File:1918_spanish_flu_waves.gif … public domain

Image: “Three pandemic waves: weekly combined influenza and pneumonia mortality, United Kingdom, 1918–1919,” Three waves of death during the pandemic: weekly combined influenza and pneumonia mortality, United Kingdom, 1918–1919. The waves were broadly the same globally. Taubenberger JK, Morens DM. 1918 Influenza: The Mother of All Pandemics. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006;12(1):15-22., CC BY … in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu#/media/File:1918_spanish_flu_waves.gif … public domain

I see the COVID-19 death curve so far … in a way … resembles the first two upticks of the Spanish flu curve … which is to say, a small uptick, followed after some months by the current, much larger, 3-peaked uptick. That is the red line in this graph …

Image: “NCHS Mortality Reporting System: Pneumonia, Influenza and COVID-19 (PIC) Mortality, United States, October 2, 2016 – January 16, 2021,” in CDC … https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/01222021/nchs-mortality-report.html … public domain … DESCRIPTION: The red line represents the weekly mortality rate.

Image: “NCHS Mortality Reporting System: Pneumonia, Influenza and COVID-19 (PIC) Mortality, United States, October 2, 2016 – January 16, 2021,” in CDC … https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/01222021/nchs-mortality-report.html … public domain …

DESCRIPTION: The red line represents the weekly mortality rate.

I thought the future of the curve for COVID deaths might resemble the final small uptick of the Spanish flu mortality curve … in which case we might see a decline in COVID deaths for March and April 2021 or so, and then an uptick lower than the current one, and then with luck, an end to the COVID pandemic.

As to the issue of lack of efficacy of the current COVID vaccines with the new COVID strains, I am not sure that would aversely influence my prediction that the resolution of the COVID mortality chart may occur after only one smaller chart uptick this year. That is because of the placebo effect (or possibly the positive health effect of decreased pathogen load) of vaccines, which might be illustrated as follows …

A vaccine was created for the Spanish flu long years ago, but due to the limitations of microscopic resolution in the early 1900s, the vaccine targeted a bacillus rather than a virus … the bacillus being quite a lot larger than the virus, and thus visible through the microscopy of the day.

Although the ‘Spanish flu vaccine’ did not prevent death through Spanish flu, yet the epidemic in the early 1900s ended after the vaccination campaign.

In the same way, I am guessing … whether through the placebo effect or through an effect of decreased pathogen load (in this case, more narrowly labeled ‘viral load’) … the COVID flu epidemic may end after the COVID vaccination campaign has been fully implemented.

(By the by, it seems to me that for placebo effect or the positive health effect of decreased viral load, the regular flu shot might have worked as well as the COVID vaccine, and might have made a far cheaper and speedier end to the pandemic, had it been promoted as a “COVID plus regular flu” vaccine.)

Alice Clagett

I note that the medical term for one of the symptoms of both Spanish flu and moderate to severe COVID-19 is ‘prostration’, which means marked loss of strength, or physical exhaustion.

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We Can Prevent COVID-19 Deaths in Prisons and for Homeless Now Without Administering COVID Vaccine . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 16 January 2021

Dear Ones,

I write this blog for prison health care officials in the United States, and for agencies that look to the welfare of the homeless in this nation. I offer a timely, cost-effective solution to COVID-19 deaths among these populations, as a stopgap measure until the COVID vaccine can be provided to them.

I see that people in prisons and the homeless are not slated to receive the COVID-19 vaccine until Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan. (1) Yet prisoners and the homeless are at very high risk for COVID-19 deaths (2) (3); of concern on a par with residents of adult care facilities.

In the long run, I feel that this country’s disregard of the urgent need of the downtrodden … the indigent, the homeless, those judged lacking or wrong … will be seen as a great disgrace, a blot upon the escutcheon of our honor as a nation. But in the short run, because our hopes of liberty and justice for all are so bound down by our fears for our own lives and those of our families … so ringed round by notions of danger lurking everywhere … I feel that Americans may see prisoners and the homeless as adding to the notion of the bête noire that prowls through their unsettled dreams.

Government and politicians know that punishment of the downcast will be a sop to the masses, and are bound to act in such a way that the fears of the people are assuaged. Considering the social unrest that growls through the nation, hungry for work, hungry for recreation, hungry to enjoy once more the prosperity of former times, I can hardly hold government and politicians culpable in that regard.

There are other ‘fear factors’ in the news right now. For instance, I see that supply chain shortages are anticipated in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. (4)

As well, there are two new strains of COVID that add to the currently very high level of stress most Americans are experiencing …

  • The very infectious strain in Europe, which I feel may have hit California last week, and may be responsible for greatly increased numbers of infection soon, bringing the numbers closer to those Europe has suffered in recent month; (5) and
  • A mutant strain in Brazil, which may render the COVID vaccines somewhat less effective. (6)

These two new strains add to the public onus of COVID-19 concerns, and by my lights, might make it continue to be difficult for the public to place emphasis on the plight of prisoners and the homeless, and their urgent need for the COVID-19 vaccine, who might be viewed in a less felicitous light, for placing a burden on the social system.

I understand the reaction of health care planners nationwide to serve first those whose lives are deemed to be most of value to our communities, and that prisoners and the homeless may not be high on the distribution list for that reason.

Thus I feel there can be no hope of timely COVID vaccine distribution to prisoners and to the homeless. I say this for prison health care officials in the United States, and for agencies that look to the welfare of the homeless in this nation.

Yet there is a timely, low-cost answer to the urgent problem of COVID-19 deaths among prisoners and the homeless. That answer lies in the recent finding of the University of Denver that the ordinary, everyday flu shot prevents severe COVID-19 symptoms …

Link: “Ordinary, Everyday Flu Shot Prevents Severe COVID Symptoms,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 9 January 2021; updated … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-lbl ..

You may not have heard about this startling finding yet, and the reason for that may, I feel, lie with Big Pharma, and the need of COVID vaccine research and development companies to recoup their investments. Big Pharma’s concern for profit is understandable, considering the investments that have been made in rapid vaccine development; but I feel certain that, long-term, those with approved vaccines will see good profits. After all, the need is very great for these products, and will be great for years to come. So I feel.

If severe COVID-19 symptoms are prevented in most cases, for those who receive the everyday, ordinary flu shot, then there will be many fewer deaths. Prison health officials and agencies providing health care for the homeless might turn to administration of the annual flu shot as a means of preventing COVID-19 deaths among those in their care.

Alice Clagett

This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.”

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “Phased Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines,” by Kathleen Dooling, MD, MPh, ACIP Meeting, 20 December 2020 … https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/downloads/slides-2020-12/slides-12-20/02-COVID-Dooling.pdf ..

(2) Link: “The Coronavirus Pandemic Turns Every Arrest into a Potential Death Sentence,” by Ephrat Livni, 24 March 2020, in Quartz … https://qz.com/1824280/coronavirus-turns-every-arrest-into-a-potential-death-sentence/ ..

(3) Link: “COVID-19: The ‘Crisis Within a Crisis’ for Homeless People,” by Molly Bohannon, Katie Surma, Austin Fast, Nino Abdaladze, Megan Lupo, Jamie Fields and Sanjana Garg, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, 28 August 2020, in USA Today … https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/08/28/covid-19-invisible-victims-homeless-people/5636938002/ ..

(4) Link: “The COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain: Potential Problems and Bottlenecks,” by Caroline Barnhill, 5 January 2021, at NC State University … https://poole.ncsu.edu/thought-leadership/the-covid-19-vaccine-supply-chain-potential-problems-and-bottlenecks/ ..

(5) Link: “New COVID Strain May Dominate US by March,” by Brenda Goodman, MA, 15 January 2021, in WebMD … https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210115/cdc-new-covid-strain-may-dominate-us-by-march ..

Link: “New Coronavirus Variant Reaches Canada, Japan and Several EU Countries,” by Rebecca Falconer, 27 December 2020, in Axios … https://www.axios.com/covid-19-variant-canada-japan-eu-c9266832-476d-47c3-8226-ba61fa26cceb.html ..

(6) Link: “A New Covid Variant Has Been Discovered in Brazil – Here’s What We Know So Far,” by Sam Meredith, 15 January 2021, at CNBC … https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/15/brazil-a-new-covid-variant-has-been-discovered-heres-what-we-know-so-far.html ..

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MORE INFORMATION

Link: “Can the Wrong Diet Cause COVID Death?” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 25 November 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-kPN ..

Link: “Diet to Diminish the Harshness of COVID-Like Symptoms,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 10 June 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-iAS ..

Link: “Does Buffered Vitamin C Make COVID Symptoms Less Severe?” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 9 January 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-lbh ..

Link: “Ordinary, Everyday Flu Shot Prevents Severe COVID Symptoms,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 9 January 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-lbl ..

Link: “Sobre el Coronavirus,” in El Blog de Camilo Acosta, 27 January 2020 … https://canalelsalvador.wordpress.com/2020/01/27/sobre-el-virus-corona/ … COMMENT: In Cambodia, garlic and Vitamin C have been used for COVID. As well, the blog recommends drinking plenty of water and avoiding fried, fatty, or spicy foods. I can offer my own anecdotal corroboration of the Cambodian diet recommendations for COVID-19.

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Does Buffered Vitamin C Make COVID Symptoms Less Severe? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 9 January 2021

Dear Ones,

When I got what seemed to me to COVID-19 in March 2020, I found that drinking water with buffered Vitamin C powder relieved the COVID symptoms I was experiencing. If you have not yet had COVID, it might be a good idea to have on hand buffered Vitamin C powder, in case that might help relieve your COVID symptoms as well.

Since COVID is a virus, and the flu is a virus as well, it makes sense to me to try over-the-counter flu remedies such as Vitamin C or zinc tablets in case they might help ameliorate COVID symptoms as well.

When I was ill in March 2020, I tried Oscillococcinum and Theraflu as well, but I found both these did not help in my case at all; in fact I felt worse after taking them. From that I gathered, as a working hypothesis, that the simplest flu remedies were the best for me in making my COVID symptoms less devastating.

When a person is that sick, very simple medicines may be the easiest to digest, just as the very simplest clear vegetable broth seemed to be all that I could digest at that time. For more on diet and COVID symptoms see …

Link: “Diet to Diminish the Harshness of COVID-Like Symptoms,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 10 June 2020; video filmed and published on 12 June 2020 … https://wp.me/pbKB1Y-6s ..

Link: “Sobre el Coronavirus,” in El Blog de Camilo Acosta, 27 January 2020 … https://canalelsalvador.wordpress.com/2020/01/27/sobre-el-virus-corona/ … COMMENT: In Cambodia, garlic and Vitamin C have been used for COVID. As well, the blog recommends drinking plenty of water and avoiding fried, fatty, or spicy foods. I can offer my own anecdotal corroboration of the Cambodian diet recommendations for COVID-19.

Link: “Can the Wrong Diet Cause COVID Death? by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 25 November 2020 … https://wp.me/pbKB1Y-8l ..

Link: “Does Buffered Vitamin C Make COVID Symptoms Less Severe?” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 9 January 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-lbh ..

Link: “Ordinary, Everyday Flu Shot Prevents Severe COVID Symptoms,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 9 January 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-lbl ..

Alice Clagett

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Ordinary, Everyday Flu Shot Prevents Severe COVID Symptoms: Pathogen Load Theory . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 9 January 2021; updated

Link: “A young woman shows off her flu shot after receiving vaccine at a local drug store,” by Whoisjohngalt, 11 November 2015, in Wikipedia … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flu_Shot_Advertising.jpg … CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

  • IN THE NEWS: ORDINARY, EVERYDAY FLU SHOT PREVENTS SEVERE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
  • EVERYDAY FLU SHOT MAY DECREASE PATHOGEN LOAD IN THE BODY, ALLOWING IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CONCENTRATE ON FIGHTING COVID-19
    • Support for Pathogen Load Theory from 1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic
    • Support for Pathogen Load Theory from Anti-Parasite Medicine Pilot Study re COVID-19
  • BE PREPARED FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF COVID-19, JUST IN CASE
  • VITAMINS AND DIET MAY HELP MAKE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS MORE MILD

Dear Ones,

IN THE NEWS: ORDINARY, EVERYDAY FLU SHOT PREVENTS SEVERE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Here is proof from the University of Denver that getting a standard flu shot causes those who catch COVID to have mild symptoms rather than severe symptoms. The proof came from a brand new, exquisitely crafted antibody test developed partly by a Denver company …

Link: “DU Scientists Develop Breakthrough COVID-19 Antibody Test,” by Mark Koebrich, at 9News, 7 January 2021 … https://www.9news.com/article/life/senior-source/colorado-covid-university-of-denver-covid-test/73-fd032677-b592-462f-953c-555f2cb86789?fbclid=IwAR20Xvm_wHntPOIPYJ55QJF1m5mCwYP5QuuC-jQcR4jmOnHJHrYJsLKSIEI ..

I know it is hard to suss out the facts from the linked-to article because it concentrates, as you say, mainly on the antigen test, which is very good news in and of itself. Apparently, the fact that an ordinary, everyday flu shot prevents serious COVID symptoms was just a serendipitous … but amazing … fact the companies involved gleaned during their data analysis.

On the page cited above (which was dated 7 January 2021) it is bullet number 2 in the video title: “Those with flu shots have mild symptoms.”

How could it possibly be that news that good would be bullet number 1? I had to look at the video three times to believe it. Then I looked at the video in the link, and it explained the same thing. At 01:10 in the video the news spokesperson says “In addition to finding distinct antibody profiles that can indicate whether you will exhibit mild symptoms or severe symptoms, they also found that patients who had a flu vaccine in the past year showed more mild symptoms than those who did not get a flu shot …”

I figure the newscaster must have been talking about the common, everyday flu shot from the pharmacy, because COVID vaccines were not available last year.

From a Google search I see that less than half of adults have been getting the ordinary, everyday flu shot each year. To me, what the means is this:

The people who got no flu shot may be among the ones now getting serious symptoms and at risk of dying during COVID. So if those adults got the regular flu shot, they might have a better chance of surviving  long enough to eventually get the COVID vaccine in late spring or early summer 2021.

Granted, even mild COVID symptoms are no fun whatsoever. But it is better than kicking the bucket, do you not feel?

I have been following LA Times “Tracking the Coronavirus in California” daily statistics on California COVID deaths, and those have been 500 or 600 deaths daily lately. I gather the risk is real for everyone in California right now …

Link: “Tracking the Coronavirus in California,” by Los Angeles Times Staff, updated daily … https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/ ..

I wondered if flu shots are available locally now, so I checked online and it looks like I could go to CVS in my local neighborhood and get a shot today, had I not already gotten one in the autumn of 2020. So a temporary, interim remedy is available today.

I searched online for additional newscasts about this startling finding, but could not find any. How could that be, when the news could save the lives of people in our community?

EVERYDAY FLU SHOT MAY DECREASE PATHOGEN LOAD IN THE BODY, ALLOWING IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CONCENTRATE ON FIGHTING COVID-19

This autumn, with the flu season approaching, even though I intuitively felt I had developed pretty strong COVID-19 immunity because of a bout with the new virus in March 2020, I had a concern to keep my COVID immunity strong in the face of the flu season. Intuitively I felt that the standard flu vaccine would help.

Here was my line of reasoning: both COVID-19 and the standard flu are viruses. People tend to get the standard flu in winter, and getting both viruses at the same time might prove quite a test to my immune system. I figured, the fewer pathogens my immune system had to contend with during the flu season, the better off I would be.

Support for Pathogen Load Theory from 1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic

So if the standard flu vaccine succeeded in knocking out the one threat, then my immune system would be able to concentrate on overcoming exposure to COVID, even if there appeared more severe strains of COVID, as was the case with deadly second wave of the devastating Spanish influenza epidemic of World War II …

Link: “Spanish Flu,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu

In fact, a more highly infectious strain of COVID has developed in Europe, and is now spreading to other continents. However, so far it seems the standard COVID vaccine may be equally effective with the new strain of COVID, provided enough vaccine doses can be manufactured to keep up with the increased rate of infection.

If there are not enough COVID vaccine doses during spring of 2021, then at least we can make sure to get the standard flu vaccine, and that may prove helpful.

There is inferential corroboration for this notion in the Wikipedia article on Spanish flu cited above. In that article I note that a vaccine was developed for the Spanish flu on the basis of the notion that Haemophilus influenzae, a bacterium, was the cause of the Spanish flu. That was because the virus itself was too small to be detected under a microscope. The bacterium was large enough to be seen microscopically, and was, in fact, seen in many patients.

Interestingly enough, when people back then were inoculated with the vaccine for the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae, though they still became infected with Spanish flu, less people died of it. I gather the cause of the decreased mortality rate may have to do with lessening of people’s pathogen load, so that their immune systems could concentrate on overcoming the Spanish flu viral infections.

That is the same wholistic or ‘additive’ effect of immune system strengthening that may be behind the Denver company’s finding that getting a standard flu vaccine lessens the severity of COVID symptoms in the people who are contracting COVID during the 2020-2021 flu season.

Support for Pathogen Load Theory from Anti-Parasite Medicine Pilot Study re COVID-19

From a pilot study conducted on 19 January 2021, It looks like a single dose of the anti-parasite medicine Ivermectin helps ease mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. This supports my ‘pathogen load’ theory …

Link: “The effect of early treatment with ivermectin on viral load, symptoms and humoral response in patients with non-severe COVID-19: A pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial.” by Carlos Chaccour, Aina Casellas, Andrés Blanco-Di Matteo, Iñigo Pineda, Alejandro Fernandez-Montero, Paula Ruiz-Castillo, et al, Open AccessPublished: January 19, 2021, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100720 … in EClinicalMedicine, published by The Lancet … https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30464-8/fulltext ..

BE PREPARED FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF COVID-19, JUST IN CASE

I note that the Spanish flu lasted a little over 2 years, with four waves of infection over that length of time, so we may have a little more time to go before things get completely back to normal.

VITAMINS AND DIET MAY HELP MAKE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS MORE MILD

To alleviate the severity of COVID symptoms, I have compiled various vitamin and dietary recommendations …

Link: “Does Buffered Vitamin C Make COVID Symptoms Less Severe?” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 9 January 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-lbh ..

Link: “Community Health: Diet to Diminish the Harshness of COVID-Like Symptoms,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 10 June 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-iAS ..

Link: “Sobre el Coronavirus,” in El Blog de Camilo Acosta, 27 January 2020 … https://canalelsalvador.wordpress.com/2020/01/27/sobre-el-virus-corona/ … COMMENT: In Cambodia, garlic and Vitamin C have been used for COVID. As well, the blog recommends drinking plenty of water and avoiding fried, fatty, or spicy foods. I can offer my own anecdotal corroboration of the Cambodian diet recommendations for COVID-19.

Alice Clagett

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What It Means That China Ordered 1M Doses of COVID Vaccine . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 7 January 2021

Dear Ones,

I was interested to read this article …

Link: “Coronavirus: China Set for 100 Million Doses of BioNTech Vaccine Amid Roll-Out of Shots Overseas,” by Simone McCarthy, in South China Morning Post, 16 December 2020 … https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3114172/coronavirus-china-set-100-million-doses-biontech-vaccine-amid ..

This article sets to rest the urban legend that China developed COVID-19 as a germ warfare technique, and that China had given its citizens an antidote it developed, with intent to overthrow the Western world, If all this had been true, then China would surely not need 100 million doses of the vaccine, do you not agree?

COVID is a difficult health challenge for the world, I know. But looked at in another light, it may have the seeds of blessings for humankind in it as well. For instance, the reality that the whole world is facing the same health challenge together may help the nations of Earth work more harmoniously together both now and in future.

In every storm there is a silver lining, as the old saying goes. In these stormy times, I feel it is good to spot that silver lining, and know that though there may be darkness all around, still good may come of it.

Alice Clagett

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