Analysis Of The Covid-19 Pandemic

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 4 months ago


A few links, a few comments about those links, and then a link dump.

Current trajectory of Covid-19.  I’ll update the curve fit as often as I’m able to.

Coronavirus Could be Chimera of Two Different Viruses, Genome Analysis Suggests.

In December 2019, 27 of the first 41 people hospitalised (66 percent) passed through a market located in the heart of Wuhan city in Hubei province. But, according to a study conducted at Wuhan Hospital, the very first human case identified did not frequent this market.

Instead, a molecular dating estimate based on the SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequences indicates an origin in November. This raises questions about the link between this COVID-19 epidemic and wildlife.

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On 7 February, 2020, we learned that a virus even closer to SARS-CoV-2 had been discovered in pangolin. With 99 percent of genomic concordance reported, this suggested a more likely reservoir than bats.

However, a recent study under review shows that the genome of the coronavirus isolated from the Malaysian pangolin (Manis javanica) is less similar to SARS-Cov-2, with only 90 percent of genomic concordance. This would indicate that the virus isolated in the pangolin is not responsible for the COVID-19 epidemic currently raging.

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… these genomic comparisons suggest that the SARS-Cov-2 virus is the result of a recombination between two different viruses, one close to RaTG13 and the other closer to the pangolin virus. In other words, it is a chimera between two pre-existing viruses.

This recombination mechanism had already been described in coronaviruses, in particular to explain the origin of SARS-CoV. It is important to know that recombination results in a new virus potentially capable of infecting a new host species.

For recombination to occur, the two divergent viruses must have infected the same organism simultaneously.

Two questions remain unanswered: in which organism did this recombination occur? (a bat, a pangolin or another species?) And above all, under what conditions did this recombination take place?

That’s what I want to know.  And I’m still waiting.  I will wait patiently until something believable comes along.  A wet market in China is so far unconvincing to me.

Covid-19 transmission hypothesis.

It’s being spread in the medical environment — specifically, in the hospitals — not, in the main, on the beach or in the bar.

When Singapore and South Korea figured out that if as a medical provider you wash your damn hands before and after, without exception, every potential contact with an infected person or surface even if you didn’t have a mask on for 30 minutes during casual conversations with others (e.g. neither of you is hacking) transmission to and between their medical providers stopped.

Note — even if you didn’t have a mask on and were not social distancing in the work environment, which of course is impossible if you’re working with others in a hospital, you didn’t get infected.

And guess what immediately happened after that?  Their national case rate stabilized and fell.

The hypothesis that fits the facts is that a material part of transmission is actually happening in the hospital with the medical providers spreading it through the community both directly and indirectly.

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This also correlates exactly with the explosive spread in nursing homes where many residents are incontinent.

I don’t know enough to confirm or deny this hypothesis.  I do know that the medical community recommends masks, and I sent my daughter to work with an N95 mask one night.  The hospital management objected and stated that she could only wear hospital issued masks.  She said, “Okay, give me one.”  They said, “Oh, we’re all out so you can’t have one.”

Can Lysol or Clorox kill the Coronavirus?

Lung damage seen in recently asymptomatic Coronavirus patient.

New treatment in Italy, ventilators combined with laying patients on their stomach.

China supplied faulty Coronavirus test kits.  Who’d a thunk it?  There’s a reason that most manufacturers of quality machines don’t rely on parts from China (and few rely on parts from anywhere in the far east).  They’ve never learned to handle and abide by QA requirements.  If you doubt this, ask why the NRC doesn’t allow parts made in China to be installed in American nuclear power plants?

CPAP machines as ventilators.  It’s complicated.  See especially the comments section for details from the doctors.



Yesterday, I reported the existence of three studies, all claiming that chloroquine phosphate had proved effective in treating the COVID-19.

This has since been confirmed by a more recent open-label non-randomised clinical trial in France by Didier Raoult​ M.D/Ph.D et al, completed just days ago. The sample was small but the results were convincing.

As the summary reports:

100% of patients that received a combination of HCQ and Azithromycin tested negative and were virologically cured within 6 days of treatment.

In addition, recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are effective antiviral therapeutic treatments for novel coronavirus.

But the story gets more extraordinary still. It turns out that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has known since at least 2005 that chloroquine is effective against coronaviruses.

In 2005, Martin J Vincent et al published a study in Virology Journal titled ‘Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread.’

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It ought to be no surprise that chloroquine is effective against both SARS and COVID-19. After all, they are both coronaviruses and COVID-19 has often been described in medical and research sources as SARS-2.

Chloroquine works by enabling the body’s cells better to absorb zinc, which is key in preventing viral RNA transcription – and disrupting the often fatal cytokine storm.

As at least one person has noticed, the implications of this are enormous. If the medical establishment – including CDC – has been aware of the efficacy of chloroquine in treating coronavirus for at least 14 years, why has it not been mass produced and made available sooner?

Here, you might have imagined, is the dream solution: a stop gap treatment for coronavirus which could save many lives and obviate the need for this global lockdown which is destroying our economies.

Why isn’t the solution being shouted from the rooftops?

One possibility, as I suggested yesterday, is that there is no money in it for Big Pharma. Chloroquine is a generic drug. That’s why Big Pharma’s lobbyists have worked hard to persuade governments that there can be no acceptable solution till a patented vaccine is brought on to the market.

Even if there is nothing nefarious about this (e.g., the Covid-19 virus is too different to surmise the applicability of a specific drug until it has been tested), the optics are very, very bad for big Pharma.  Very bad indeed.  It took French researchers to push hydroxychloroquine as a therapeutic.  Why?  Why not American doctors?

As I said before, the CDC and the NIH bear a huge amount of responsibility for all of this.  Dr. Anthony Fauci should be canned as soon as possible and replaced with someone competent to do the job.  America was caught too unprepared for my tastes.

On another front, based on one source, I can report that a local hospital has taken the following position concerning hydroxychloroquine.  “It will only be administered by infectious disease doctors, and then, only as a very last resort, i.e., as “rescue adjunctive therapy” and only after development of ARDS.”

But what if the patient is too ill to recover at that point?  Why wait this late?

An updated graph is shown below.  The doubling time is now at 2.32 days.


Ingenuity.  Need more of that these days.  Necessity is the mother of invention.

Obama can be held responsible for the shortage of N95 masks.

We previously discussed how the Vanderbilt University Hospital has repurposed its parking garage for a triage area for potential Covid-19 patients.  This is a picture of the same garage at a different time.

It was built by Hardaway construction.

It does raise an interesting question, though only somewhat related.  I had discussed the tents being set up throughout North and South Carolina hospitals as a triage area for potential patients with my daughter (an NP), and while she surmised they would be negative pressure like with their TB patients, I assert that the exhaust air (required to keep a negative pressure) has to go somewhere.

I discussed this with one of my state’s emergency planning officials.  This exhaust air is either (a) unfiltered, and thus very efficient at spreading the virus around, or (b) has HEPA filters and charcoal beds, which is unlikely because of availability.  Moreover, for the most part, such ad hoc installations will not have been tested and balanced by qualified engineers (I know something about testing HEPA filters and charcoal beds because I’ve done it before).  Qualified engineers aren’t a dime a dozen.  Activated charcoal is produced by charcoaling green coconut shells, and mainly comes from Sri Lanka.  From the standpoint of engineering, health and safety of the public, and industrial hygiene, this kind of epidemic just hasn’t been war-gamed well enough and America wasn’t prepared.  We’re not even close.

Consider your logistics train for the HEPA filters and activated charcoal.



Scientists are working hard to find therapeutics for Covid-19.

This is a picture of preparations for Covid-19 in a hospital garage in Tennessee.

This is an account inside a hospital in Louisiana.

As of Friday, Louisiana was reporting 479 confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of the highest numbers in the country. Ten people had died. The majority of cases are in New Orleans, which now has one confirmed case for every 1,000 residents. New Orleans had held Mardi Gras celebrations just two weeks before its first patient, with more than a million revelers on its streets.

I spoke to a respiratory therapist there, whose job is to ensure that patients are breathing well. He works in a medium-sized city hospital’s intensive care unit. (We are withholding his name and employer, as he fears retaliation.) Before the virus came to New Orleans, his days were pretty relaxed, nebulizing patients with asthma, adjusting oxygen tubes that run through the nose or, in the most severe cases, setting up and managing ventilators. His patients were usually older, with chronic health conditions and bad lungs.

Since last week, he’s been running ventilators for the sickest COVID-19 patients. Many are relatively young, in their 40s and 50s, and have minimal, if any, preexisting conditions in their charts. He is overwhelmed, stunned by the manifestation of the infection, both its speed and intensity. The ICU where he works has essentially become a coronavirus unit. He estimates that his hospital has admitted dozens of confirmed or presumptive coronavirus patients. About a third have ended up on ventilators.

“I have patients in their early 40s and, yeah, I was kind of shocked. I’m seeing people who look relatively healthy with a minimal health history, and they are completely wiped out, like they’ve been hit by a truck. This is knocking out what should be perfectly fit, healthy people. Patients will be on minimal support, on a little bit of oxygen, and then all of a sudden, they go into complete respiratory arrest, shut down and can’t breathe at all.”

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“Typically with ARDS, the lungs become inflamed. It’s like inflammation anywhere: If you have a burn on your arm, the skin around it turns red from additional blood flow. The body is sending it additional nutrients to heal. The problem is, when that happens in your lungs, fluid and extra blood starts going to the lungs. Viruses can injure cells in the walls of the alveoli, so the fluid leaks into the alveoli. A telltale sign of ARDS in an X-ray is what’s called ‘ground glass opacity,’ like an old-fashioned ground glass privacy window in a shower. And lungs look that way because fluid is white on an X-ray, so the lung looks like white ground glass, or sometimes pure white, because the lung is filled with so much fluid, displacing where the air would normally be.”

This video comes from Italy.

This is the most recent curve fit.  The doubling time is currently 2.4 days using the same calculation given below.


President Trump is eyeing a two week national quarantine, with only grocery stores and pharmacies allowed to be open, all enforced by the National Guards of the respective states.  Here’s an interesting question.  I’ve pointed out before when the N.G. deploys to the border how difficult it is to arm the troops, with necessary rifle qualifications, lawyers having to write rules for the use of force (RUF)/ rules of engagement (ROE), etc., etc.  Arming orders have to be issued.  Rarely is that done stateside, not even for the Southern border.  Will N.G. troops be under arming orders, or will they have empty magazines?

Companies Teva and Mylan to jumpstart production of hydroxychloroquine to fight Coronavirus.  Opinion: You see the doctors with the FDA, NIH and CDC being pessimistic concerning the effectiveness because, in my opinion, not only are they being cautious, but because they aren’t the center of attention.  I’ve said before that the signal pathology of controllers is the desire to control others and be the center of attention.  It’s okay to have parlor talk about Covid-19.  It’s not okay with them for the peasants to actually know the names of the drugs and use them in common parlance, see the studies that have been done abroad, and conclude that the red tape and bureaucracy isn’t serving the interests of the American people.

The generation that wasn’t spanked.  I dropped by GNC today to purchase a male multivitamin/multimineral supplement, and the youngster behind the counter and I began discussing the current state of affairs.  In a remarkably unusual moment of candor for me when talking with someone I don’t know, I blurted out, “You know, the ones likely spreading this the worst are the college age kids who want to go out to bars and drink themselves into a stupor to ‘have fun,’ oblivious of the consequences to them or others.”

To my surprise, he responded, “Yep, that’s my generation – the generation that wasn’t spanked.”  In related news, 29% of American patients sick with Coronavirus are Millennials.  In other related news, out of control teens are intentionally coughing on grocery store produce in Harris Teeter stores and posting their videos on YouTube.

Also, recall that I pointed out the inconsistency of the FedGov complaining that citizens are buying N95 face masks stating on the one hand that they aren’t effective in stopping a virus, and on the other hand, complaining that the more we took, the less would be available for the health care system.  Well, this video session with an infectious disease expert explains it all.  According to him, the amount (or magnitude) of “inoculate” inhaled affects how sick a patient will become.  N95 masks do have something to do with that.  He even mentions an example of a health care worker forgetting to put on an N95 mask.  Begin about 10-12 minutes into his presentation.

Finally for tonight, I’ve updated the curve fit of confirmed Covid-19 cases in America with data through 2100 hours.  It’s a mess now, I strongly suspect, not because the actual doubling time has changed, but rather, because as I’ve mentioned before, there is a lead-lag function that I don’t know, and test availability and administration has changed.

Doubling time is at 2.42 days, although I’m not suggesting that the significant digits mean anything.



Californians ordered to stay home.  Also Politico.

Trump eyes grounding jets, halting stock trading, and ordering shelter in place.

The FDA approves Hydrochloroquine as prescribed by provider.

Look inside hospital in Italy.  Vimeo won’t allow me to embed the video but it’s worth watching if for no other reason than the shock value.

Here is an updated curve fit.  It’s rather a mess at this point, I surmise due to test availability and frequency of testing.



It seems to me like a good time to update my featured post.

Rather than posting little by little on this topic, I intend to roll this into a single post, and do my best to keep this post updated from time to time with related information.  I cannot devote my life to this analysis and I’m certainly not paid to do so.  As readers see fit, send new information, news reports, or your own analysis to my email account.  Revisit this post from time to time to see if there are any additions.  I’ll set the rules up front.

1] Updating this post won’t necessarily be a daily affair.

2] I can make no commitment as to how long I can keep this post updated.

3] Any additions will be made up front, not at the end of the original (or succeeding) updates

4] All analyses and information are correct to the best of my knowledge for the time it is written.  I make no warranty as to its correctness or usefulness beyond the minute it is posted.

5] My intent is to make perform clinical and unemotional analysis, not to engage in hyperbolic exaggeration.

So let’s begin.

I’ve been tracking the Johns Hopkins data for more than nine days now.  During this time I’ve had curve fits of the value for confirmed cases in America.  I have done nothing with world-wide confirmed cases.  The curve fit of confirmed cases versus tracking days follows.  Day 0 (zero) begins just above 600 confirmed cases, as that’s where I started tracking the data.

The curve fit, performed by EXCEL, is below.

y = 679.27e0.2723x

Where y = Confirmed Cases, and x = Tracking Days.  The value of 679 is there because I didn’t begin tracking cases at time = 0.

I would rather use TableCurve-2D, and I’ll have to switch to another curve fit eventually because this one won’t last.  It won’t last because it will reach an upper asymptote and turn over.  There are those who won’t get it, there are those who get it, recover and are never tested, or perhaps virtually all of us will get it.  But the curve will turn over.

I won’t bother you with the mathematics, but in order to compute time to double the confirmed cases, this calculation is correct (using the value above).

ln(2) / 0.2723 = 2.55 Days

Doubling time is 2.55 days.  It’s been close to this value for as long as I’ve been tracking the data.  The curve fit has a very high correlation coefficient (R2) of 0.9951.  Doubtless, the Federal Government has this same kind of data and analysis.  This is nothing new to the CDC and state health departments.

This is why the Federal and State governments are so concerned about this.  Within a month more than two million Americans will have this virus unless we suppress the curve.  If we don’t have a vaccine within 30 days or thereabouts, there is no point and they may as well focus on therapeutic treatments.  Currently, the strategy employed by the government is [a] suppress the curve to prevent overwhelming the medical system, and [b] flood the country with cash to prevent a massive recession.

A word about mortality rate is in order.  You’ve heard values over the news with high variance, and it’s not because they are misleading you, either intentionally or unintentionally.  It’s because the value has a high variance.

It is INCORRECT to divide deaths by recovered cases and call that mortality rate.  That approach will massively over-estimate deaths.  Don’t do that.  It is likely also incorrect to divide deaths by confirmed cases because that will under-estimate mortality.  Don’t do that.

We don’t know at this time how long it takes for patients to fully shed this virus, and there is the further problem of the definition of recovery.  There is a lead-lag function that must go into this analysis to get a correct value, and you don’t have that.  Neither do I.

Moreover, there are many, many people who have already gotten this virus with no ill heath effect other than merely feeling crappy for a week, with full recovery.  They will never have been tested, and any future testing will be invalid.  This subset of data may very well be the largest subset in the larger set.

You will never know true mortality rate.  I will never know true mortality rate.  The only one who knows true mortality is God.  He won’t know it in the future.  He already knows it.

Performing epidemiological studies this way is not how any of this works.  There are thousands of studies that have been conducted on health effects of worker exposure to say, benzene or isocyanates, and those studies go into limits after being combined with other studies of the same thing, with uncertainty being combined using “pooled” variance.  What the CDC and state health departments is doing with Covid-19 is “flying by the seat of their pants.”

A word about the CDC.  They are the biggest disappointment in this whole ugly affair.  While they should have been studying epidemiology and infectious diseases, they were studying gun “violence,” racism and other irrelevant wastes of time.  This caught them by surprise.  They failed to see the effects of having America’s supply of pharmaceuticals rely almost exclusively on the very cause of this epidemic, China.  They acted too late to control it in America, they failed to ensure that there were enough medical supplies nation-wide (such as face masks) for an epidemic, and they’re simply holding on for the rough ride now, along with the rest of us.

A word about therapeutics.  My wife heard about a study over the national news (on one of the networks) where a controlled study had been conducted in France using the drug Hydrochloroquine.  40 out of 40 patients with Covid-19 underwent a full and complete recovery.

My wife stated that no one is talking about this.  That’s correct because they’re all taking pictures of toilet paper shelves in stores.  But I knew it.  This is the (non-peer reviewed) paper that describes the use of Hydrochloroquine as a therapeutic.  I mentioned this to my daughter and she said, “Hmm … that’s what we give for malaria.”  She’s right, and it’s cheap and effective for Covid-19.  There is also promise with the drug Remdesivir.

Now the question is this.  Has the FedGov stepped up production of this drug in America, or are we relying on China to sell it to us?  Ponder that question for a moment.  You are about to get the best witness and indication you’ve ever had in your lifetime whether the FedGov really cares about the health and safety of its citizens.  The mortality rate can be much lower than with the common flu, if only America’s resources are put to good use, and immediately so.

A word about root causes is in order.  I was taught in “Management Oversight and Risk Tree” analysis (MORT), that there is never one root cause.

China is one root cause.  Their failure to supply good information quickly was a problem from the beginning.  Their involvement in virtually everything that is manufactured and used in America is also a corollary to this.  Globalism is one large reason we are where we are with Covid-19.  The failure of the CDC to think proactively is another problem.  This was all war-gamed months ago and no one did anything about our vulnerability.  Finally, idiotic teens and college age kids who can’t stop going to bars and drinking themselves into a stupor is one reason why the spread of this virus won’t stop.

Again, there are a lot of root causes, every one of which was preventable.

A word on guns and ammunition.  I have plenty, but I felt like topping off my supply so I dropped by Academy Sports.  They have a limit of three boxes of ammunition per customer.  If you waited this late to find means of self defense, you waited too late.

As I said above, I’ll try to keep this post updated with relevant information.

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  1. On March 19, 2020 at 7:05 am, Bob M said:

    Thanks Herschel..I look forward to your updates however infrequent.

    We are in uncharted territory with the virus, and with the financial markets; though the financial meltdown was inevitable and predictable to anyone paying attention. One thing I have had to deal with is how the current reality is affecting communication, personal relationships, and others’ ability to emotionally/psychologically adjust to things. This has been especially true with my family, and I am sure I’m not the only one.

    I expect that you and the readers of this blog are aware of Chris Martenson’s daily YouTube updates. Here is a link to his most recent one which I found helpful in reminding me how to have those difficult conversations.

    Stay safe

  2. On March 19, 2020 at 8:57 am, scott s. said:

    You might want to look at with near-real time updates on testing. As of 0900 19 Mar they show 8 131 positives out of 71 635 completed tests (US-wide). No indication of estimates of false positives or negatives so we don’t know how reliable test data are. Footnotes on the state-level data show limitations on getting good data. It isn’t clear to me what level of testing (sampling) is needed to get good statistics for the whole population.

  3. On March 19, 2020 at 1:48 pm, 41mag said:


    Are you assuming a 100% growth rate?

    Also, in the presence of cinnamon, virus cannot thrive.


  4. On March 19, 2020 at 2:24 pm, 41mag said:


    Have to wonder how refuel outages are gonna be performed with this additional variable.

    Temp craft workers being in-processed, will be expecting to work for 2-4 weeks on-site, close proximity to others due to the confined spaces or narrow spaces.

    Herschel can opine further from his past experiences. My days at the larger nuclear operator, we were close enough to smell someone’s breath


  5. On March 19, 2020 at 2:53 pm, Herschel Smith said:


    “Are you assuming a 100% growth rate?”

    It isn’t any percentage rate. The growth rate is explicitly defined by the function described above. It’s based on the curve fit of previous confirmed cases.

  6. On March 19, 2020 at 3:29 pm, Veritas said:

    The president announced today they are ramping up production of the malarial drug and removing restriction on its use to treat this so if that is the criteria you posed to determine if the government cares about the health and safety of its citizens then the answer is yes. This is a good sign for all the people looking only for bad news right now.

  7. On March 19, 2020 at 4:12 pm, Chuck Fina said:

    Cheap teevees and expensive flu. A pox on all the traitors who love China more than America. It looks like 09-12-01 out there and gas is less than a $1.50 as we enter a turning point in the agenda.

    Live long and prosper \\ //

  8. On March 19, 2020 at 5:47 pm, Ned2 said:

    Thank you, sir for your attention and analysis to this.
    Let’s hope this turns out to be less serious than we’re being told, although I would err on the side of caution in your daily exploits.

  9. On March 19, 2020 at 6:03 pm, Andy said:

    So if god already knows the mortality rate, then he’s powerless to intervene and change it. Omniscient, but not omnipotent. Hence there’s no value in prayer.

    Perhaps we focus on a scientific solution then.

  10. On March 19, 2020 at 6:09 pm, Herschel Smith said:


    On the contrary, a god who doesn’t know the future hasn’t ordained it and has no control over it.

    You have it exactly backwards.

    Viz. Calvin.

  11. On March 19, 2020 at 6:11 pm, Chris said:

    Herschel – I appreciate your tracking and commentary – thanks.

    Dr. Roger Seheult of MedCram is a pulmonologist and has been providing decent updates on his Youtube channel. He’s been incredibly informative and has been discussing chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for some time – see the links below. The lower link is his first mention around Feb 5th. The top one is more recent and has a great explanation on how hydroxychloroquine works by being a zinc ionophore, which allows more zinc into the cells and stops the RdRp replicase polymerase reaction which allows viral duplication. Seheult has a stake in the game, so he’s trying to come up to speed as fast as possible, sticking to facts and being completely non-political.

    Hope this helps,


  12. On March 19, 2020 at 6:19 pm, penses said:

    There is no scientific solution. Scientists use every observation that correlates with a revised theory as a proof of it. Every observation that falsifies their pet theory is an indication that the revised theory requires further revision. That’s science, baby!

  13. On March 19, 2020 at 6:24 pm, Roger N Morris said:

    Another aspect of this type of viral transmission is that there are certain people who just don’t seem to be affected by viruses of this type. THIS ARTICLE explain that “[t]he only people that can be infected by the 2019-n Coronavirus have less than 98.7 µg/L of Selenium in plasma or serum. Those who have enough Selenium are immune to this and all other enveloped viruses. Selenium can be obtained from Brazil nuts, Selenium pills or Astragalus tea.”

  14. On March 19, 2020 at 6:26 pm, penses said:

    The US Military is historically a petri dish.

    “It has long recognized that the crowded living and working conditions associated with military service, combined with stressful working environments, put its members at a higher risk of exposure to infectious disease than their civilian counterparts. This is especially true in the case of a new, or novel, disease such as Covid-19, where there is no existing vaccine in place to counter the threat. The Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918 killed 45,000 American soldiers – just slightly fewer than the total number of combat deaths in World War I of 53,000.

    “That epidemic struck during the climax of the American military effort, compromising the army’s performance in its biggest battle, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. It clogged transportation lines and hospitals, killed thousands of troops and rendered many more non-effective.

    “Historically, the greatest level of risk to military personnel for exposure to respiratory disease is during the period of initial training, prior to the heavy use of prophylaxis vaccines all recruits are provided taking effect. The US military has a very efficient centralized medical care system capable of monitoring and treating the totality of the force. This same system likewise empowers the US military to detect the emergence of potential outbreaks of disease among military populations, allowing for early intervention and containment.”–Scott Ritter, former US Marine Corps intelligence officer

  15. On March 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm, Roger N Morris said:

    Lipinski 2015, Ebola and Selenium: How not to catch the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    The only people that can be infected by the 2019-n Coronavirus have less than 98.7 µg/L of Selenium in plasma or serum. Those who have enough Selenium are immune to this and all other enveloped viruses. Selenium can be obtained from Brazil nuts, Selenium pills or Astragalus tea.
    This is why only some people get the flu and why others get it infrequently or never at all.
    We only found this out in 2015 when Lipinski @ Harvard figured out why some people were immune to Ebola, a fact well documented in medical archives.
    Two Brazil nuts a day will do it. An Asia astragalus tea is the primary source of selenium.
    2014 NYTimes: Many in West Africa May Be Immune to Ebola Virus
    2000 Gonzales: Ebola and Marburg virus antibody prevalence in selected populations of the Central African Republic
    2010-Becquart: High Prevalence of Both Humoral and Cellular Immunity to Zaire ebolavirus among Rural Populations in Gabon
    2010-IRD: A surprisingly high proportion of the Gabonese population could have immunity against Ebola. Antibodies to the virus were found in 15.3% of rural communities
    2016 Richardson: “The phenomenon of previously undetected, minimally symptomatic EBOV infection was evident around the discovery of the virus in 1976.”
    2015 BBC: “We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,”
    “29 Jan 2015 – Liberia: Harvard Scientist Lipinski Claims Selenium Can Treat Ebola”
    2015 Lipinski – Can Selenite Be An Ultimate Inhibitor Of Ebola And Other Viral Infections?
    “It is known that the virulence of Ebola and other RNA enveloped viruses involves in the first step their attachment to host cell membranes. Following this initial step the virus enters the target cell cytoplasm by forming hydrophobic spikes that make holes in the membrane lipid bilayer. Formation of such spikes is catalyzed by the reduced form of viral protein disulfide isomerase (PDIred) thus initiating chain of disulfide exchange reactions. Consequently, hydrophobic protein epitopes become exposed, which in the absence of proper chaperones form hydrophobic ‘spikes’ capable of penetrating the host cell membranes.
    In this communication evidence is discussed showing that the chain of disulfide exchange events can be inhibited by a small redox molecule – sodium selenite.
    It is suggested that this inexpensive and readily available food supplement can be an ultimate inhibitor of Ebola and other enveloped viral infections.”
    “other enveloped viral infections” – that’s pretty much all of them.
    2015 Stoffenell: “98.7 µg/L of Se in plasma or serum are required to optimize GPx activity”
    2008 Thomson: Brazil nuts: an effective way to improve selenium status
    Dr. Damien Downing, former editor of the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, writes: “Swine flu, bird flu, and SARS, all developed in selenium-deficient China. When patients were given selenium, viral mutation rates dropped and immunity improved.”
    Map of coronavirus deaths in China:
    Maps of selenium deficient soil in China:
    See also:

    The Changing Selenium Nutritional Status of Chinese Residents

  16. On March 19, 2020 at 10:09 pm, Richard B. Davenport said:

    a note on “testing” this is not in any a valid sample factor: (a) not everyone who presents is sampled; (b) those who request sampling due to having underlying risk factors are not being tested if they don’t present with symptoms [case in point – personal 73yo vet with chemotherapy & copd denied test]; (c) those with no symptoms but $$$ or prestige are being tested; (d) those in ‘public’ positions are being tested but may not be reporting to lessen the optics; (e) no mandatory testing is being done enbloc like HIV/drug testing for Milpers/LEO/First Responders; (f) those who may have had the ‘flu’ prior to the fear mongering have not been tested. “You can’t know the unknowable”

  17. On March 20, 2020 at 3:25 am, Sam needleman said:

    I t is hard to believe that an anti malaria drug would have any salubrious impact on coronovirus19

    Samuel w. Needleman , MD

  18. On March 20, 2020 at 8:07 am, Fred said:

    Whether you believe the microbe or your governments to be the primary threat in this no longer matters.

    This is not a drill.

  19. On March 20, 2020 at 12:05 pm, 41mag said:


    If you assume a max number of cases and two points of decreasing cases, what would the function be from curve fitting, and where would the point of inflection be?


  20. On March 20, 2020 at 3:53 pm, Paul B said:

    the malarial stuff needs to be taken with Zinc. As I understand it the anti malarial allows the zinc to attach to the virus and kill it.

  21. On March 20, 2020 at 11:05 pm, Lndroll said:

    For Sam Needleman,MD: And it was hard for the Gastro Intestinal specialists to believe a simple ER Doctor could discover that A. Pylori bacterium could cause peptic ulcers. Sometimes solutions come from the strangest circumstances.

  22. On March 21, 2020 at 12:04 pm, penses said:

    So, how many people really have the virus. A National Center for iotechnology Information (NCBI) report came to the conclusion that half of the tests may not be reliable, wrongly pointing to a higher level of disease transmission. The public health community, government and the public are more than likely getting a distorted picture of the Corona’s actual impact on a population and its growth.

    From the report:

    “Methods: Point values and reasonable ranges of the indicators which impact the false-positive rate of positive results were estimated based on the information available to us at present. The false-positive rate of positive results in the active screening was deduced, and univariate and multivariate-probabilistic sensitivity analyses were performed to understand the robustness of the findings.

    “Results: When the infection rate of the close contacts and the sensitivity and specificity of reported results were taken as the point estimates, the positive predictive value of the active screening was only 19.67%, in contrast, the false-positive rate of positive results was 80.33%. The multivariate-probabilistic sensitivity analysis results supported the base-case findings, with a 75% probability for the false-positive rate of positive results over 47%.

    “Conclusions: In the close contacts of COVID-19 patients, nearly half or even more of the ‘asymptomatic infected individuals’ reported in the active nucleic acid test screening might be false positives.”

  23. On March 21, 2020 at 7:47 pm, penses said:

    Plagued by swarm of lying authoritarian bureaucrats. Another shocker you won’t hear from the MSM.

    The 1976 swine flu outbreak, also known as the swine flu fiasco, was a strain of H1N1 influenza virus that appeared in 1976. Infectious morbidity was only detected from January 19 to February 9, and were not found outside Fort Dix. The outbreak is most remembered for the mass immunization that it prompted in the United States. The strain itself killed one person and hospitalized 13. However, side-effects from the vaccine are thought to have caused five hundred cases of Guillain–Barré syndrome and 25 deaths. The Presidents response was to offer Big Pharma indemnity legislation which Congress rushed through with little debate and a quick vote.

    And now the Swine Flu vaccine comes back with a vengeance.

    A study approved by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in January shows that getting a vaccination against the flu may have ‘signed the death warrant’ for thousands of senior citizens by the coronavirus due to the high rate of vaccination in that group. The study, ignored until recently, reveals the flu vaccine increases your risk from coronavirus.

    “Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as virus interference. Test-negative study designs are often utilized to calculate influenza vaccine effectiveness. The virus interference phenomenon goes against the basic assumption of the test-negative vaccine effectiveness study that vaccination does not change the risk of infection with other respiratory illness, thus potentially biasing vaccine effectiveness results in the positive direction.

    “Receipt of influenza vaccination was not associated with virus interference among our population. Examining virus interference by specific respiratory viruses showed mixed results. Vaccine derived virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus and human metapneumovirus [emphasis added]; however, significant protection with vaccination was associated not only with most influenza viruses, but also parainfluenza, RSV, and non-influenza virus coinfections.

    At least now we know why so many seniors are dying. So, why no public announcements warning families of the “abortion” of their parents and grandparents.

  24. On March 22, 2020 at 7:08 am, Fred said:

    That’s not a parking garage.

  25. On March 22, 2020 at 8:41 am, penses said:

    RE: Fred
    Most of the twerps at Reddit are merely bombastic, not authoritative.

  26. On March 22, 2020 at 8:56 am, Herschel Smith said:

    @Fred, @penses,

    The pic is a parking garage.

    Get in a better mood before posting.

  27. On March 22, 2020 at 2:04 pm, Fred said:

    I’m not going there with internal combustion engines running. I’ve never seen a parking garage with drop ceilings and drop ceiling lighting. Where does the car exhaust go? And an overhead sprinkler system? That’s a new one on me, then again, I ain’t fancy like some folks.

    I did however go to church this morning and after sharing the gospel with a guy downtown and speaking with the few other folks I saw in the area I went to a local burger joint, best burgers in town.

    I’ve been in a fine mood all weekend, OBTW.

  28. On March 22, 2020 at 10:36 pm, 41mag said:

    Well, everyone outside my household thinks this is an overblown event.

    Might be true, we’ve got less reason to believe the media today.

    But for me, I’m still battling Valley Fever (look it up) since July 2019, got almost all the symptoms initially and was the sickest I’ve ever been in my life. And the symptoms of COVID-19 are exactly what I had at the beginning of Valley Fever.

    No fun.

    While I’m at 41yo, my generation isn’t too worried, nor thinks they’re gonna get bad symptoms, but I can’t take that chance. I’m treating this like a possible death sentence, if I get even low-grade symptoms from COVID-19. So I can appreciate the seriousness in what this infectious disease can dish out.

    We’re all in Gods hands, some of us think they’re invincible, until they get sick. The best and first prep is accepting Jesus and the fact that He paid it all, already.

    Thanks Herschel for the analysis

  29. On March 22, 2020 at 10:57 pm, Herschel Smith said:


    I understand the sentiment. The MSM has made it to where we can’t trust them with anything, thus this is the instance of “crying wolf.”

    But I’m afraid it’s not.

    I’m trying to be completely clinical, unemotional and analytical about this. I’ll tell you what. My daughter (a health care provider) and the rest of the staff at the local hospital are taking this VERY SERIOUSLY.

    My readers should too. This isn’t a “hoax.” The threat is very real. Treat it so. And people, STOP making comparisons with the common flu. It is not.

  30. On March 23, 2020 at 9:52 am, Fred said:

    The abortion clinics are open and the churches are closed. The American Church has utterly and completely failed God. Goodbye and good riddance, I never knew you.

    Burn it all God, burn it all.

  31. On March 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm, Fred said:

    That’s a better pic of the garage. Now I see, thanks. “Vandy” is for the beautiful people, it’s a great hospital by the way but my kind aren’t usually invited. Vanderbilt made his fortune in shipping (what we call logistics) by the way.

  32. On March 25, 2020 at 9:54 am, 41mag said:

    Video from the Army Corps of Engineers on using hotels for ICUs.

    “Right now, money is not a problem.”

    I understand that, but it’s never been a problem for the Government to spend money LOL.

    My question is, who’s gonna want to stay in a hotel that was used for Coronavirus ICU patients? There’s a term for US military bases that were declared a ‘cleanup site’ or some special designator for funding to rectify material storage

  33. On March 25, 2020 at 4:10 pm, Fred said:

    At some point the more immediate need for money will outweigh the risk of getting sick, and people will simply begin to live and work again.

    It’s the same calculation you run every morning when you leave your house. And if you don’t then your situational awareness has been retarded.

    For me there could be 3 men with guns outside my door looking to take down my wallet, or quite literally, a bear, as just 2 examples and when I get down to the main road, well, I could get hit by a truck.

    Newsflash; you’re going to die. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

    Traffic is already picking up here substantially, cars outside every business, police sirens again, park was full of people. Folks have things that must get done.

    The question isn’t if you are going to die? That’s never been the question. The question is; are you willing to live?

    This same fear is why so many won’t ask the face of the night sky if there is indeed a God, even though it has plainly occurred to them that they might want to know and seek this thing. It’s because you know you will change if the answer comes back yes.

    People have things to do. Millions would die in a depression. It’s time to live. If you can’t go back to work yet then start a side hustle, or grocery stores need evening stock clerks. Go do something!!!

    Co-morbidity factors not withstanding.

  34. On March 28, 2020 at 10:15 am, JoeFour said:

    Covid-19 … primarily a psy-op? Looks like it could be …

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