I have to admit, I have little enthusiasm for writing this newsletter. Opinions have become so firm that very few people look for new information. Most people now just want to see things that confirm what they already believe and don't want anything to do with anything that contradicts that belief. For example, most people associated with the antivaxxer movement likely stopped reading this newsletter as soon as they saw the word vaccine in the title.
Even so, over the past few months several hundred people have asked when I would publish a new newsletter informing them about the virus. And as the old marketing adage goes, for everyone who writes there are a hundred who feel the same way but who haven't bothered to write. If that's true, out of a quarter of a million people who read these newsletters worldwide, there are roughly 20 to 40,000 who are actually still looking for rational, updated information about the coronavirus. And so I have gathered my reserves of enthusiasm for these readers in order to write this newsletter.
On November 9, Pfizer Pharmaceutical and associate BioNTech released early study results showing their vaccine candidate prevented more than 90% of infections with the COVID-19 virus. (On November 18, they revised this to 95% effective.) If all goes as expected, FDA approval will come around the time this newsletter is published in early December, with an emergency distribution before the end of the month. However, the mass distribution is not expected to happen until some time later in 2021. In a statement, Pfizer said it could deliver up to 50 million doses of its experimental coronavirus vaccine by 2020. That's not quite as much as it sounds, as two doses are required for each person. Up to 1.3 billion doses will be available by 2021, but that would be for the whole world. So you're still only talking about half a billion out of 7.6 billion people.
Exactly a week later, on November 16, Moderna announced that its COVID-19 vaccine had been tested to be 94.5% effective. In the company's 30,000 patient study, there were 95 cases of infection in patients. Only five of these occurred in patients who received the Moderna vaccine, and those five had only mild symptoms. In fact, it could be said that the vaccine had a 100% success rate.
To be clear, we don't have any data on groups that were not included in the study, including children, pregnant women, severely immunocompromised people, and the very elderly. We also don't know whether people who were previously sick with COVID-19 are protected from re-infection. We can probably conclude that all of these groups will respond positively to the vaccines once they are released in the real world, but the reality is unclear for now. Let's look at what we know for sure.
Most vaccines (e.g. the annual flu vaccine and most of the other COVID vaccines in the pipeline) are based on a whole neutralized virus (or multiple viruses, as is the case with the flu vaccine). However, both vaccine candidates Moderna and Pfizer use a new approach to unlock the body's adaptive immune defenses. (For a full description of the difference between innate and adaptive immunity, see How a Virus Works.) This approach uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, to turn a patient's B cells into factories that make antibodies against a particular one Defend Immunity Coronavirus Protein. It's vaccine technology so new that mRNA vaccines have never been approved by the Food and Drug Administration before. The difference between the two vaccines is that Moderna's vaccine codes for the entire spike (or S) protein on the surface of a virus and the responses are called S-specific, while the Pfizer vaccine is more precise and only this is coded for by part of the protein known as the binding domain that is located on the tip. By the way, the tip is what a virus uses to attach to one of your cells, inject its DNA into your cell, and turn that cell into a factory that exponentially replicates the virus and spreads it around your body.
Both proteins can trigger an immune response as if there is a real coronavirus infection. One benefit of this approach is that the vaccine cannot accidentally infect someone or make someone sick, as the vaccine is built around just one viral protein or protein fragment that is in the tip, rather than the entire COVID virus. 19th A second theoretical benefit is that the more proteins you use, the more likely it is that you will have a negative side effect. With just one protein, the chance of a negative reaction is less – and less likely if one occurs. Regardless of whether it is one or more proteins, as long as it contains the correct protein or protein fragment, your body will build an antibody defense against it. If someone who has been vaccinated is later exposed to the coronavirus, their body's adaptive immune system should be able to fight it off more easily and therefore be more likely to avoid serious illness.
In addition to programming your body's B cells to build specific antibody defense against the virus, you want your immunization response to train your T cells to recognize and attack your own cells in your body that may have infected the virus and also get rid of them before they can spread the virus. In this regard, both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines appear to be doing the same, although the Pfizer vaccine appears to produce a slightly stronger response at first.
On September 30, Pfizer published a study in Nature that confirmed that two doses (the required dosage for their vaccine) elicited robust CD4 + and CD8 + T-cell responses and strong antibody responses, with RBD-binding IgG levels being evident those in the serum of individuals who were naturally infected with COVID-19 and subsequently recovered from it. In other words, the Pfizer vaccine appears to produce a stronger response than those who gain immunity naturally.
In addition, these cellular responses were directed against the COVID-19 receptor binding domain (the tip), which implies a very precise response against the antigen that the Pfizer vaccine encodes.
On November 12, Moderna published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine (originally published online July 14, 2020) that found that their vaccine elicited an immune response in all participants and that it did not identify any trial-limiting safety concerns. In particular, it was found that the structurally defined spike antigen in their vaccine induces robust antibody-neutralizing activity and that gene-based delivery promotes Th1 cytokine-biased responses, including CD8 T cells that protect against virus replication in lung and nasal cells without this can be proven immunopathology. It also induces Th1 biased CD4 T cell responses in humans.
A third advantage of the mRNA approach is that vaccines can not only be made more precisely but also much faster from mRNA than older vaccines, which explains why these are the first two vaccines to be made available. However, the main disadvantage is that this type of vaccine is far less stable. This means that they can decompose very quickly at normal temperatures. There are three steps required to reverse this effect.
- The first step is to modify the “building blocks” of the RNA vaccine so that it is more stable and does not break down as much.
- The next step is to coat the building blocks to protect them from enzymes that may break them down.
- The most important step, however, is to freeze the vaccines in order to stop all enzyme activity. In that regard, the Pfizer vaccine requires much, much colder storage temperatures than the Moderna vaccine – so cold that special refrigeration units must be built to store it. In the developed world, this is difficult enough. In the Third World, that's just not possible. These countries will depend on the more traditional vaccines like AztraZenecas or possibly the Russian vaccine.
And when AstraZeneca spoke of AstraZeneca on November 23, it was announcing the results of preliminary trials of its vaccine. At the full dose, it was found to be 62% effective. What is more interesting, however, is that if a half dose was accidentally used in a number of test subjects, it was found to be 90% effective. Like the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, AstraZeneca also requires two doses, but unlike the other vaccines, AstraZeneca's vaccine does not require special refrigeration, which, as mentioned earlier, makes it a much more viable alternative for third world countries where special Storage temperatures are likely to be problematic. In addition, the AstraZeneca vaccine is far cheaper to manufacture.
So everything is fine; everything moves forward; Vaccines are here; we can see the light at the end of the tunnel; Yes?
While these vaccines look relatively safe, “relative” is not the same as “perfect”. As I said last February in relation to the COVID-19 virus itself, a small percentage applied to large numbers (all in the United States) would still mean large numbers of people would die. After 285,000 deaths and counts, this prediction seems pretty forward-looking.
Let me show you how this works using a real-world example.
Influenza vaccine deaths and injuries
The two most common causes of death with a flu shot are anaphylaxis and Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). Anaphylaxis is a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen that can kill you by either choking you or causing you to go into cardiovascular shock. Guillain-Barre syndrome is a central nervous system response to bacterial or viral infections, most commonly food poisoning. It causes mostly temporary paralysis and can lead to hospitalization for up to six weeks. Most cases of mortality from GBS are due to severe autonomic instability or the complications of prolonged intubation and paralysis. The leading cause of death in the elderly with GBS is arrhythmia.
The CDC reports 1.31 cases of anaphylaxis per million flu shots, and one or two similar people in a million develop GBS. (Approximately 161 million Americans get the flu shot each year.) So we're talking about 210 cases of anaphylaxis per year in the United States, and since anaphylaxis has a death rate between 0.25% and 0.33%, we're talking about one death all two or three years. With GBS, a small number of people are permanently impaired, and approximately 3 to 5% die.
In other words, between 4 and 15 people die each year as a result of the flu vaccination, with 300 to 400 people seriously injured. It weighs in against the fact that around 55,000 people die from the flu itself in the US each year, with most of those deaths occurring in the unvaccinated. Well, to be fair, while flu vaccination complications are rare given the number of flu shots given annually, rarity is probably not an extenuating factor on your mind when you or someone you love injures or dies. Incidentally, the total compensation paid out during the lifetime of the government's National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) is approximately $ 3.6 billion. These are many serious side effects. And as I mentioned earlier, the flu vaccine consistently tops the list of NVICP claims and payouts for injuries and deaths due to the side effects of vaccination.
The bottom line is that the flu vaccine is neither as harmful or ineffective as antivaxxers claim, nor as safe or effective as the medical community states. Both sides lied to you. Unfortunately, this makes a rational discussion about vaccines impossible.
What do these numbers mean?
We make these types of compromises all the time. For example, there are approximately 39,000 deaths from automobile accidents in the United States each year – and many times that number of injuries – some of them permanent. Yet we accept these deaths and injuries in exchange for the convenience of being able to drive around wherever and whenever we want. We also accept the fact that hundreds of thousands of people will die of heart disease every year because companies can make and sell fast food and junk food just because people want to. This, too, is a compromise that we are ready to make.
The question is, are we willing to give a few hundred people who may be long term injured and about a dozen people who die from COVID-19 vaccines each year (assuming the numbers are similar to the flu vaccine) in return for that To accept prevention? 500,000 deaths and "sometime" return to normal life? Currently around 40% of the country think this is a bad compromise.
In any case, the safety of these vaccines is currently an open question until the vaccine is used in much higher amounts and we determine if there are any long-term complications.
What are the side effects of the COVID vaccinations?
But are the side effects associated with the COVID vaccines similar to those of the flu vaccine? In truth, they are likely to be less for two reasons. First, the vaccine contains fewer antigenic proteins because you are only defending against one virus versus multiple viruses in each flu vaccine. And having fewer antigen proteins is likely to mean fewer harmful side effects. And in theory, mRNA vaccines, while never used before in humans, are likely to have fewer complications than traditional vaccines because they contain the fewest proteins of all – and they are very targeted. With adequate vaccinations, a small number of people are likely to experience far more harmful side effects, and a small percentage of them could even die. As with all vaccines, there are compromises.
But let's go into detail and see what the studies have shown us about the known side effects of COVID vaccines. All three vaccines we've talked about so far require two doses. Others in the pipeline only need one dose; however, their effectiveness has not been proven. Since the first three vaccines require two doses each, let's talk about the side effects of these vaccines.
The vaccination process literally involves teaching your immune system to recognize a virus and then to defend itself quickly and aggressively against it when it actually detects that virus. In the first dose, your immune system learns to recognize the virus. This is sometimes referred to as "priming" the immune response. This process takes about two to three weeks. In the second dose, your immune system does most of the work in building your long-term defenses against the virus and dramatically boosts this first immune response. This boosting process also takes about two weeks.
The actual injection will feel no different than any other injection you may have had. This is basically just a small pinch in the side of your arm. From then on, however, it looks a little different. After the dose of primer, you will likely feel pain and slight swelling at the injection site. And according to test subjects, you probably also feel a certain stiffness in the upper arm, which becomes more intense as the day progresses. It's not something that is not easy to handle and that is all but gone by the next morning.
On the second dose, your immune system builds most of its defenses, which means the side effects get stronger. The test subjects reported that by the end of the day of the second injection they had developed a mild fever, fatigue, and even mild chills. But the next morning all side effects were gone.
Note: Other vaccines in the pipeline only require one dose. It is likely that one dose of these vaccines will cause side effects similar to those of the second vaccination with two vaccines. If the vaccine works, these are the side effects that will show your immune system is responding. If you don't notice at least some of the side effects, your immune system is likely not optimally prepared to deal with the virus if you are exposed to the virus in the future. It can still be enough – just not optimal.
Once you understand what is going on in your body, it makes sense to do so. No, you won't get a mild case of COVID. In fact, this is impossible with mRNA vaccines because the vaccine does not contain an actual virus and is extremely unlikely even with more typical vaccines against inactivated viruses, unless there is a major gaffe in manufacturing. Feeling “under the weather” simply means that your immune system is responding to the protein antigens in the vaccine. Take a fever, for example. A fever that occurs with the common cold or flu is not caused by the virus itself. It is caused by your immune system as part of its defense against the virus. Raising your body temperature does three things.
- First, higher body temperatures are more uncomfortable for most pathogens than we are.
- Second, an increase in body temperature speeds up your metabolism, including your immune system. In other words, as you increase your body temperature, your immune system gets faster. In particular, immune cells that grow in a feverish environment produce a series of molecules called heat shock proteins. One of these proteins, known as Hsp90, quickly sets off a cascade of events that ultimately direct the immune cells quickly to the site of infection.
- Swelling (unfortunately accompanied by body pain) also brings more immune cells to the point of inflammation.
Anyway, you have the idea. This type of response to the second dose simply shows that your body is reacting as it should, that the vaccine is working, and that you are building a long-term defense against the virus.
As for the long-term side effects of the COVID vaccines, we'll have to wait and see. However, when it comes to safety, the bottom line is that getting your immunity through vaccinations is probably much less risky than maintaining your immunity from natural infections (285,000 dead and counting, not to mention several million long-distance drivers). Anyone who likes to play will understand where the better odds are here.
A big question that none of the vaccine studies answered is: How long does the vaccine protection last? We know that naturally acquired immunity seems to decrease with time after 2-3 months. A vaccine like the measles vaccine that lasts a lifetime is one thing, but a vaccine that requires two separate vaccinations and only protects 6-12 months or less is a different story. It may still be useful, but it can no longer be considered a game changer. To be fair, most scientists speculate that the COVID vaccines should maintain their effectiveness for about a year. If so, then you are talking about annual vaccinations for the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, by August there had been at least 25 documented cases of reinfection worldwide since the beginning of the pandemic. The first known case of reinfection was a 5-year-old South Korean woman on April 5th. And the first confirmed case of a person who died of COVID-19 reinfection was an 89-year-old Dutch woman being treated for Waldenström's macroglobulinemia, a rare type of white blood cell cancer that is treatable but incurable. The results were published in Oxford University Press on October 9th.
The researchers said the woman came to the emergency room earlier this year while she was suffering from a fever and a severe cough. She tested positive for coronavirus and stayed in the hospital for 5 days, after which time her symptoms completely resolved except for persistent fatigue. Almost two months later, just two days after starting new chemotherapy, she developed a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. When she was admitted to the hospital, her oxygen saturation was 90 percent with a breathing rate of 40 breaths per minute. She tested positive for coronavirus again, while the antibody tests on days 4 and 6 were negative. “On day 8, the patient's condition worsened. She died two weeks later. "
However, the truth is that it is unclear how many cases of reinfection have actually occurred and how often they can occur in people who do not even know they are infected – either initially or after being reinfected. However, the important point to understand here is that respiratory infections like COVID-19 don't offer lifelong immunity like measles infection – and neither do vaccines.
Vaccines work better when people actually take them
The big question behind the scenes regarding COVID vaccines is: How many people will they take? Currently, around 50% of respondents say they are not ready to receive the vaccine. The other day I heard Chris Cuomo say he wasn't worried about people who refuse to get vaccinated. He was sure that the reason people hesitated was because the vaccines were being made so quickly that people doubted their safety and that they would line up to get the vaccine as soon as the scientific community got them calmed down. He's obviously looking at a different world than me. When I look at America, I see that only about 10% of the population falls under his analysis. When I look at the numbers, I see 40% as hardcore naysayers.
There are three main reasons the hardcore naysayers offer not to get vaccinated depending on what video they saw that kept them away.
- There are the longstanding antivaxxers. It's not the COVID vaccine that they specifically object to. They are all vaccines. With the hardcore antivaxxers, vaccination doesn't work at all and is far more dangerous and deadly than the numbers above. And no endorsement from the medical community will convince them any other way when it comes to the COVID vaccines. To take the COVID vaccine, everything they believe in would have to be refuted. It's not going to happen.
- Then there are those who are convinced that COVID-19 is a joke, that the death toll cited by the talking heads on television is grossly exaggerated. When you consider that some of these people have denied having COVID-19 on their last breath when they actually died from the virus and others who spat on the doctors and nurses who diagnosed them when diagnosed with COVID , and went out of the hospital to die at home, it would have to be said that they are unlikely to be vaccinated. Will not happen.
- Finally, there are those who have accepted as reality one of several theories that find their way through the internet. For example: that the vaccine will be used as a population control method, or that the Bill Gates vaccine will be used to embed tracking chips in every person in the world. Let me be clear I'm not here to argue the truth or falseness of these narratives just to point out that someone who believes that COVID-19 is not real as part of this narrative will not change their mind just because it is one TV authority figure says. Will not happen.
However, the why does not matter. When 40% of the public refuse to get vaccinated, vaccines, no matter how effective they are, are not the "light at the end of the tunnel". They are more like a low-power flashlight so we can keep moving forward in a completely dark tunnel. The reason is simple.
Yes, anyone who gets vaccinated is likely to be protected. But 40% of the American public represents roughly 128 million people. And if 128 million people are still susceptible to the virus – and you can't tell who is there just by looking at them – it means we are still ahead of us for the foreseeable future:
- Mask requirements
- Social distancing
- Occasional local locks
- And all indoor activities take place under changed circumstances.
You just can't fully open restaurants, bars, gyms, sporting events and the like with 128 million potential virus carriers and infection sites walking around incognito. And remember that even those who have been vaccinated will silently lose their protection at any point and it will not be easy to tell when it has happened.
All of this to be said, if there is widespread resistance to vaccination, normal could be a good 2-3 years away.
By the way, unless there is some kind of officially Certification to identify the vaccinated will take many months in the future. I mention this because in the rush to get as many people as possible vaccinated as soon as possible, I haven't heard anything from the federal government about the vaccination certificate. And it has to be official and federal or people will just create and distribute fake certificates on the internet. Can you say "Freedom to Breathe Agency"?
I'm looking forward to
Before I give you my prediction of how this will play out, I need to address two issues that have been encountered by people who have written to the Foundation.
First, some people have claimed that just saying that there is a virus and that it is killing many people means that I am unknowingly a puppet of the Deep State – and that I am quoting incorrect numbers. Let me point out to you that I predicted exactly how COVID-19 would play out in February, before there was even a recognized COVID death in the United States and weeks before the CDC recognized the threat was real. Given that, I guess it could be more accurately said that the Deep State has been my puppet since they started quoting my numbers.
I'm kidding, but it leads to the second problem.
Many people have written to ask how I could predict, months in advance, exactly how the virus would develop. They wondered if I had access to other or secret data. And the answer to that question is: No! I have access to the same data as most experts. (Note: Government officials have access to intelligence reports long before the public goes, and you'd think they'd be better informed. Unfortunately, it turns out that access and understanding are two different things.)
Given the same data, how can I predict actual results weeks or even months ahead of most of the experts on TV? As I explained earlier, I am neither an epidemiologist nor a virologist. What I am when it comes to pandemics is an extremely knowledgeable amateur. For over 50 years I have studied how pathogens infect and how the immune system reacts. I also studied the history of the pandemics so I could understand how the theory works in the real world. Also, for the past 20 years, I have read all the news about avian flu, SARS, swine flu, and of course COVID-19 from South Korea, Taiwan, and China. They are much more experienced with things like this than we in the West – not to mention the fact that they usually see it before us. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am a student of human nature and how that nature affects health and nutrition in different countries, cultures, and political systems. Mit anderen Worten, wenn ich den Experten im Fernsehen zuhöre, die sagen: "Wenn jeder Amerikaner nur anfängt, Masken zu tragen und sich sozial fern zu halten, werden Zehntausende von Menschenleben gerettet", denke ich: "Das passiert nicht." Es ist einfach nicht in der amerikanischen Psyche. Es war nicht im Jahr 1918 und es ist sicherlich nicht jetzt.
Was uns zu der Frage bringt: Worauf können wir uns freuen?
Die meisten Menschen werden sich für eine Impfung entscheiden. Und wenn Sie diese Menschen zusammen mit denen zählen, die das Virus bereits hatten und somit eine gewisse Immunität haben, bedeutet dies, dass die Dinge bis zum nächsten Herbst besser werden – zumindest von diesen Menschen. Aber wie ich schon seit Monaten sage, sind kleine Prozentsätze, die auf eine große Anzahl angewendet werden, immer noch eine große Zahl. Mit anderen Worten, wenn 40% der amerikanischen Öffentlichkeit nicht bereit sind, die Bedürfnisse der Vielen gegenüber den Bedürfnissen der Wenigen zu berücksichtigen, sprechen wir von einer sehr großen Anzahl, die weiterhin anfällig für das Virus sein wird.
Vor ein paar Monaten sah ich eine Frau im Fernsehen, die erklärte, warum sie sich weigerte, eine Maske zu tragen. Mit großem Stolz sagte sie: "Es ist mein Körper, meine Wahl." Sehr markig! Und wenn ihre Wahl nur ihren Körper betraf, würde es Sinn machen. Tatsächlich ist es ein bisschen so, als würde Jeffrey Dahmer sagen: "Es ist mein Körper, meine Wahl" gegenüber seiner Ernährung. Ich denke, dass die meisten Menschen zustimmen würden, dass er diese Wahl wahrscheinlich nicht hätte treffen dürfen, da er sich für eine Diät entschieden hatte, um andere zu töten und sie zu essen.
Wie auch immer, da sich die Bundesregierung geweigert hat, zu führen, und sich so viele Landesregierungen dafür entschieden haben, diesem Beispiel zu folgen, und weil sich so viele Menschen für die Dahmer-Alternative entschieden haben (keine Masken, keine soziale Distanzierung und keine Impfung), sind die Zahlen schlechter als sie mussten sein. Wir betrachten:
- Bis zum Jahresende über 300.000 Tote
- 400-500.000 Tote (oder sogar mehr, wenn die Wellen von Thanksgiving, Weihnachten und Neujahr höher sind als erwartet) bis zum 1. März
- 4-10 Millionen „Langstreckenfahrer“ mit schweren Symptomen, die bis zum 1. März Monate oder Jahre andauern
- Lange COVID scheint im erwerbsfähigen Alter am häufigsten zu sein, mit einem Durchschnittsalter von 45 Jahren unter den Betroffenen und seltenen Fällen bei Personen über 65 Jahren und unter 18 Jahren. Frauen sind häufiger betroffen als Männer. Langstreckenfahrer haben über Atemnot, chronische Müdigkeit und Gehirnnebel berichtet … Monate nachdem sie anfangs an dem Virus erkrankt waren.
- Und im nächsten Herbst und Winter wird es besser, aber bei weitem nicht wieder normal. Danach schätze ich jedoch, dass genügend Impfstoffresistenten nachgeben werden, so dass trotz der verbleibenden Resistenzen eine Herdenimmunität hergestellt wird. Danach werden die Dinge normaler.
- Sie müssen sich jedoch daran erinnern, dass es sich um eine Pandemie handelt, nicht um eine Epidemie. Es ist weltweit. Das bedeutet, dass es auf der ganzen Welt wahrscheinlich Taschen gibt, in denen medizinische Behandlung und Impfung mit Argwohn betrachtet werden, was bedeutet, dass das Virus jahrelang lauern wird – nur darauf warten, in allen Bereichen wieder aufzutauchen, in denen die Immunität nachlässt. Das bedeutet, dass eine jährliche Massenimpfung gegen COVID in den kommenden Jahren wahrscheinlich Realität sein wird.
Und ja, ich verstehe, dass es viele Menschen gibt, die das Video „gesehen“ haben, die glauben, dass COVID ein Scherz ist und die Zahl der Toten wild aufgeblasen ist, aber die Todesfälle sind real – und höchstwahrscheinlich unterzählt. According to research published in JAMA, just counting from March through July, there had been 20% more deaths (225,530) than would normally be expected from March 1 through the end of July in the United States. COVID-19 officially accounted for about two-thirds of them. Increases in deaths from heart disease and Alzheimer’s accounted for most of the rest. The bottom line is that if those excess deaths aren’t due to COVID, and if heart disease and cancer and suicides and Alzheimer’s are already factored in, then we have an even bigger problem than COVID. It would mean that over a half million people will be dying in the 12 months since COVID arrived but from some unknown Ursache. I think Occam’s razor applies here: COVID is the simpler explanation.
Protecting Indoor Environments
As we’ve just discussed, whatever “light at the end of the tunnel” pundits are talking about, it doesn’t include the full reopening of indoor venues such as restaurants and theaters anytime soon. Social distancing, plastic partitions, and partial occupancy are simply not economically viable alternatives for these types of venues. If we don’t find a way for them to open “normally” in the near future, many of these establishments will be out of business by the time herd immunity is realized, even with the coming of vaccines.
The only alternative is for indoor venues to take steps to kill the virus in the air and prevent its spread from person to person. And as I explained in August, there is a way to do that.
For example, there are studies that show that air ionizers can kill airborne viruses. The problem is producing enough negative ions economically to sanitize an entire restaurant or store, but it can be done. And other studies have shown that far-UVC light can kill airborne coronavirus, and those can be placed at the heart of HVAC units. Bottom line: there are ways to make the air and surfaces in indoor environments anathema to coronavirus transmission–without the need for masks.
But for that to become a reality, two things must happen.
- Business cannot take the lead here. Any system they install has to be pre-vetted by the Federal Government so that businesses know that installing such a system guarantees them the right to fully open.
- Doing this for all indoor businesses will be extremely expensive. Much of the cost will have to be borne by government. But keep in mind that restaurants, movie theaters, and live theater throughout the country represent billions of dollars in business and tax revenues and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Government did an Operation Warp Speed to produce vaccines in record time; they can do the same to produce certified virus killing technology for indoor venues. And the good news is that this technology will do much to stop the spread of colds and flus each year as well as stopping the spread of COVID, saving additional billions of dollars. And unlike the COVID vaccine, which is targeted exclusively at COVID-19, the right kind of air killing system will provide a pre-installed defense against any future infectious respiratory disease that will inevitably emerge down the road.
A Note on Super ViraGon®
Not surprisingly, Baseline Nutritionals’ Super ViraGon sold extraordinarily well when the pandemic first broke In March. Theyliterally sold out months and months of inventory in a matter of days, with orders coming from all over the world, sometimes for as many as 300 bottles at a time. It caught them by surprise. As a result, I convinced Baseline to restock with thousands of bottles since I projected that the pandemic would last past the end of the year with a surge in the fall, which is exactly what it has done. Bottom line is that there should be plenty of stock to cover all the needs of Baseline’s regular customers going forward—except for two things.
- I just learned that Wellness Magazine is planning to release a feature story on Super ViraGon that could lead to an unexpected rush on the product similar to what happened in March. If so, it could quickly wipe out Baseline’s inventory.
- Thanks to COVID, delays in manufacturing now mean that the lead time for producing new batches of Super ViraGon are approaching six months. Bottom line is that if the Wellness Magazine article cleans out the inventory, it will be months before ViraGon is once again available.
For those of you who depend on Super ViraGon, it’s something to think about. Also, if you’re not planning to get vaccinated, then you absolutely want a case of Super ViraGon in reserve for each person in your family as a backup plan.
And finally, I convinced Baseline to reduce the price of the Super ViraGon® 6-pack by 10%. That means that if you buy two 6-packs in December (or one 6-pack combined with other products to reach $250), you’ll get 32% off when combined with the December special. If you’re going to stock up, now’s the time.