Coronavirus Insights – July 2, 2020
After months of coronavirus obsession, we are starting to feel that we need a break from the heaviness that surrounds it. If we feel that way, perhaps you do too? Going forward, we want to shift gears to focus on healing.
To that end, we're in the process of connecting with different healers to plan a series of live interviews. Coronavirus might be part of it but it will not be all of it. Ultimately, we want to take an in-depth look at what healing means and how different people approach it. Stay tuned for details and a more formal announcement!
As for today, below you'll find the latest round-up of COVID-19 insights. We hope they will bring you hope. The news is not all grim.
Via Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Far-UVC Light Safely Kills Airborne Coronaviruses
"More than 99.9% of seasonal coronaviruses present in airborne droplets were killed when exposed to a particular wavelength of ultraviolet light that is safe to use around humans, a new study at Columbia University Irving Medical Center has found."
Via the Guardian
Winning By A Nose: the Dogs Being Trained to Detect Signs of COVID-19
“'If you’ve got a plane with 500 people coming off, 10% may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic,' says Guest. 'The dog can quickly say, ‘Bang, bang, bang. You, you, you.’ It’s a 0.5-second sniff. The dog won’t make the final decision. The person will have a test. But at the moment there’s no other way of rapidly screening people like that – especially asymptomatics.''
These 9 Hand Sanitizers May Contain a Potentially Fatal Ingredient, FDA Warns
"The FDA has discovered methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through skin or ingested, in samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ hand sanitizers, both produced by the Mexican company. This article lists which brands to avoid."
Recent Protests Don't Seem to Be Causing Outbreaks
"Covid-19 testing among protesters suggest the massive demonstrations against racism and police brutality across the United States are not causing significant new outbreaks of the disease, according to preliminary data from three cities. If the positive trend continues, it’ll be due in part to the fact that many protesters are wearing masks, experts say."
Via Medical News Today
COVID-19: Could gut bacteria be involved?
“This raises [the] interesting possibility that [SARS-CoV-2] might also have an impact on the gut microbiota,” the authors explain. “In fact, several studies have demonstrated that respiratory infections are associated with a change in the composition of the gut microbiota.”
School Children Don't Spread Coronavirus, French Study Shows
"School kids don’t appear to transmit the new coronavirus to peers or teachers, a French study found, weighing in on the crucial topic of children’s role in propagating Covid-19."
Via Green Flower
Researchers Worldwide Look to Cannabis as Coronavirus Treatment
"Cytokines are 'communication molecules' released by white blood cells when they feel there’s an invasion in the body. A flood of them can result in severe inflammation which can lead to death. 'We hope that by decoding the cannabinoid activity mechanisms during the inflammatory storms, we can treat COVID-19 patients where conventional drugs have failed.'"
Via Penn Live
UPMC Doctor Sees Too Much Focus on Rising COVID-19 Cases, Too Little on Declining Severity & Hospitalizations
“In summary, what our experience shows is that fewer people are being admitted, and when they are, they tend to be much less sick than at the beginning or at the peak phases of the pandemic...”
Via Sci News
Popular Heartburn Drug Famotidine May Help Fight Mild to Moderately Severe COVID-19 Cases
"The most frequently used dose was 80 mg taken three times a day, with the average treatment period lasting 11 days, but ranging from 5 to 21 days. All 10 patients said that symptoms quickly improved within 24-48 hours of starting famotidine and had mostly cleared up after 14 days. Improvement was evident across all symptom categories assessed, but respiratory symptoms, such as cough and shortness of breath, improved more rapidly than systemic symptoms, such as fatigue."
More Evidence that Lack of Vitamin D is Linked to COVID-19 Severity
"Our group is cautious about ascribing a causal association in advance of results from vitamin D supplementation studies which are ongoing. However, given the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in many northern latitude countries, the reduction in outdoor physical activity during COVID, and the safety of vitamin D, public health bodies in Ireland and UK are recommending that older persons, those who are mainly indoors and those from other high risk groups such as BAME, should take regular supplements..."
Via ACS Publications
Endogenous Deficiency of Glutathione as the Most Likely Cause of Serious Manifestations and Death in COVID-19 Patients
"The hypothesis suggests that SARS-CoV-2 virus poses a danger only for people with endogenous glutathione deficiency, regardless which of the factors aging, chronic disease comorbidity, smoking or some others were responsible for this deficit. The hypothesis provides novel insights into the etiology and mechanisms responsible for serious manifestations of COVID-19 infection and justifies promising opportunities for effective treatment and prevention of the illness through glutathione recovering with N-acetylcysteine and reduced glutathione."
Antibody Levels in Recovered COVID-19 Patients Decline Quickly; Research
"Levels of an antibody found in recovered COVID-19 patients fell sharply in 2-3 months after infection for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, according to a Chinese study, raising questions about the length of any immunity against the novel coronavirus."
Via The Aurum Project
Only 23 pandemic deaths out of 35 million people in Kerala, India? How did they do it?
"Each district was asked to dedicate two hospitals to Coronavirus patients, while each medical college set aside 500 beds. Separate entrances and exits were designated. Thousands of shelters for stranded migrant workers were built
Accredited Social Health Activists went house to house checking on people and delivered staples. Distributed millions of cooked meals to those in need. Encouraged the use of homeopathy by distributing millions of preventative medicines. Provided logistical support to quarantined people to access food and supplies. Offered counselling. Negotiated with Internet Service Providers to give better internet data packages for those in isolation."