Going back to the basics

Here, take an aspirin and call me in the morning.

That’s how physicians in the olden times used to treat their patients suffering from all kinds of conditions, starting with a runny nose and going all the way to the flu.

And that, the Swiss Policy Research group found out, is what they should be doing with patients suspected of being infected by any strain of the covid virus.

(For the grammar sticklers: yes, the Swiss researchers write covid using a lower-case c: it is just a type of a virus, nothing else, it does not deserve a capital-case letter to give it its due.)

New studies have confirmed a strong antiplatelet and anticoagulant effect of aspirin in covid patients (i.e. reducing platelet hyper-reactivity), which may help prevent major covid complications such as thrombosis, lung embolism and strokes in high-risk patients, the Swiss Policy Research group reports.

Here; so you don’t have to look it up: thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot forms inside a blood vessel and obstructs the flow of blood through the circulatory system.

When one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs gets blocked, it is called lung (or pulmonary) embolism. In most cases, blood clots that travel to the lungs from deep veins in the legs or, occasionally, from veins in other parts of the body (a.k.a. deep vein thrombosis) cause this condition.

And, last but not least, poor blood flow to the brain that causes cell death is called stroke.

But back to the Swiss Policy Research report: as an additional effect, intermediate-dose aspirin may also reduce or suppress the signature covid dry cough.

The report goes on to explain this phenomenon, using a number of Latin words. Suffice it to say that it quotes some pretty reliable statistics.

Not only that

Aspirin, thus the Swiss Policy Research group, is useful not only as a treatment but also as a means to prevent covid-related illnesses. And it’s much less dangerous than any anti-covid vaccines that are still flying like pies in the sky.

And never mind the widespread (and, possibly, justified) fears that a new vaccine could also be created to perform tasks other than simply preventing the emergence of covid-related diseases.

The Swiss Policy Research group also goes against the mainstream media-grown grain that is based on simple arithmetic (and static, that is, immovable) averages.

The accepted statistics, as pushed by most government authorities and mainstream media, hold that what we see is what we get, without considering that life is change (and change is life). So, the Swiss Policy Research reports, “immunological and serological studies show that most people develop no symptoms or only mild symptoms when infected with the new coronavirus, while some people may experience a more pronounced or critical course of the disease.”

Meaning: announcing sums that are just rounded up is perfectly misleading.

Besides, there exists another flaw: how many times have the public heard a word from its health authorities and (by extension) its mainstream media about the demographics of the wave, especially when it comes to fatal outcomes?

As the Swiss Policy Research’s report puts it, the covid-19 infection fatality rate (IFR) depends on age and risk structure, public policies (such as protection of nursing homes), and medical treatment quality.

Covid-19 infection fatality rates are strongly age-dependent, the Swiss Policy Research report adds. They increase above the age of 70. The median age of covid-related deaths in most Western countries is 80 to 86 years. In most Western countries, about half of all deaths occurred in nursing homes.

In terms of covid-19 IFRs, the Swiss Policy Research report concludes, there can hardly be more different results between places where local health and elderly care either did or did not collapse (in part or altogether).

So, where does all of this take us?

Straight to the beginning. It is a scary proposition for the big pharmaceutical companies because it would cost them a pretty penny.

Nothing against industries being profitable. So long as they are sincere about it and are honest enough to admit that they’re not in it to save humanity but, rather, they are in it to save their accounts, go ahead.

Of course, they will have to bite the bullet from time to time. Such as now when the only logical proposition remains: here, take an aspirin and call me in the morning.

One thought on “Going back to the basics

  1. here October 18, 2020 at 07:33 Reply

    I like the ideas in this article, however I hope to see more insight from you in the future.

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