The world has been aware of the pandemic (coronavirus, novel coronavirus, SARS Cov-2, Wuhan virus, China virus, or Covid-19) since February of 2020, but it was apparently spreading months before that. The Chinese government not only failed to give us the early warning that we needed and deserved, but it has also continued to block investigation of key evidence about how the virus theoretically jumped from bats to people. (If we do not know what happened, how do we prevent the next pandemic?) Even the US government too often seems to feed us their pet biases instead of document-able facts. Only time will tell what the real motivation and big errors were. One example of error or outright malfeasance was the active suppressing of information about outpatient treatment options.) That is why we may still have more questions than answers, but it is clearly it is an unforgivable travesty that hundreds of thousands of Americans died with covid-19 when there are preventive measures and early interventions that could have saved most all of them. And, unfortunately, as you will read under the Censorship heading, the government, some politicians, the mainstream media, and big tech are still making it increasingly hard for the public to gather all the facts they need to make informed decisions.
This authoritative video is the best overall summary of what happened and where we got off track. The response got off to a rocky start because fear gripped even the scientists and medical experts who then made decisions based on panic rather than science. Also, the travel restrictions and lock-downs prevented the usual meetings and collaboration that moves science forward. Even scientific literature took a hit because studies were released without peer review rather than wait for the lengthy journal publication cycle.
The matter is still evolving, so I do not claim that the points in this website are definitive final answers. They are simply the most up-to-date data-driven information, resources, and expert opinions that I could deliver. Note, this website is not “balanced” because I will not waste your time repeating the same government-sanctioned viewpoints you hear every night on the news. I will give mainly the useful opposing information that is much harder to come by.
Seasonality. It really should generate more attention in the media and among health professionals that flu cases and covid-19 cases peak at the same time that vitamin D blood levels hit bottom. If you keep in mind that the upper respiratory diseases wane in the summer and peak in the winter, this vitamin D chart from a journal article paints a compelling picture.
How the virus behaves. The virus replicates early and aggressively. The spike protein seems to generate clots which lead to lung malfunction.
Early treatment ? There is typically a two week window from the initial exposure until a person can’t breathe and is hospitalized. During that time (when the virus was busy replicating) people should have been treated but instead were basically told to go home and wait until they were sick enough to be hospitalized. None of the agencies or medical societies, established treatment guidelines until the CDC finally did so in October. Anyone that dared suggest an early treatment was vilified.
Concurrent diseases. One factor that worsens covid cases but which does not get much attention is that often patients are also fighting bacterial and fungal diseases at the same time. This article by Bill Sardi, The Missing Piece of the Covid-19 Puzzle: Co-Infection, explains the problem and how that was also the case with the 1918 pandemic. He recommends multipurpose natural remedies such as oregano, garlic, resveratrol, and nebulized hydrogen peroxide. (Read a great article and comprehensive free e-book on that remedy, Rapid Virus Recovery by Dr. Tom Levy.)
Contagiousness timing. This appears to be typical:
- According to a Harvard review, it might be 5 to 6 days after exposure before symptoms appear.
- However, they “may be contagious 48 to 72 hours before starting to experience symptoms.”
- Five days is probably the best time to be tested.
- It has been publicized that persons who are infected but either never develop symptoms (about 45%) or just haven’t developed them yet can infect others. (That’s the reason for quarantine after exposure.) However, this study seems to refute that idea.
- A person may remain contagious for 10 days (or longer if their immune system is weak and they have a serious case of the disease). Being without fever for 24 hours is a good additional precaution.
- It still seems a bit unclear if a recovered patient can pick up viruses and infect others. Masks are recommended.
- The new mutations of the virus found around the world seem to be more contagious and may not follow these timelines.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has this good resource page including information about re-infection 90 days after having been sick with covid.
Elderly. Although hospitalization has been much more common in those over age 50 and 80%+ of deaths from covid occur in the elderly, the problem is more their condition than their age. The obese and diabetics can die at younger ages from covid-19 and healthy persons well over age 100 have fully recovered. It is just that as we age, the odds increase that there will be underlying conditions. We can reverse that trend with the health actions recommended on Healthy by Nature.
Flu. Also known as “Influenza”, it is also a seasonal upper respiratory viral condition which may come in the fall/winter. See “seasonality” below. Thousands die annually from the flu and it may be years before we can get an honest comparison of flu with covid-19 because of reporting overlap.
Meanwhile, most of the coronavirus prevention steps and natural remedies listed here help with flu and with colds. Note, colds are typically caused by milder varieties of coronavirus. For many more tips about prevention, treatment, and a remedy kit to have on hand, read this Library article. For questions about the flu vaccine, read this one.
Longhaulers. We are not talking about truck drivers, although they could have this problem. It turns out that recovery from the acute phase of the virus may not be the end of the misery. It seems that folks who follow the suggestions listed above for naturally improving immune function also reduce the risk of longer-term damage. Ronald Hoffman, MD says: “As a rule of thumb, I tell patients to expect they’ll be tired for a week after a cold, a month after a flu, and three months after pneumonia. But sometimes, symptoms don’t resolve according to a timetable.” His article discusses long term aftereffects of covid-19 that can even affect young people. He also reviews his treatment plan. Many of the long haul symptoms align with the effects of B-vitamin deficiencies (especially B-1 and B-12) Couldn’t hurt to take Nerve Guardian.
Loss of the ability to smell can be a lasting effect of covid-19. Obviously, the ability to smell is important to our enjoyment of life, (think of the aroma of bread baking or “stop and smell the roses”) but it also needed for our safety (e.g. smoke from a house fire or a gas leak). If the sense of smell is lost, there is hope for regaining it. This article details the combination of medical treatment and a type of therapy using essential oils making the mind/body connection to restore the sense of smell.
Panic. I have heard many in the media and in politics called “panic peddlers”. That seems about right. Panic is typically not useful because it can cause us to rush into bad decisions. Cautious concern and getting educated is a better approach.