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Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC)

Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC)

Dr. Pierre Kory testifies to US Senate Committee about Ivermectin, Dec. 8, 2020
(Update: The Youtube video was apparently censored and removed. Please visit the link below or scroll right to the bottom for the Vimeo Video.)

Appearing as a witness Tuesday morning before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs—which held a hearing on “Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution”— Dr. Pierre Kory, President of the Frontline COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), called for the government to swiftly review the already expansive and still rapidly emerging medical evidence on Ivermectin.

The data shows the ability of the drug Ivermectin to prevent COVID-19, to keep those with early symptoms from progressing to the hyper-inflammatory phase of the disease, and even to help critically ill patients recover.

Dr. Kory testified that Ivermectin is effectively a “miracle drug” against COVID-19 and called upon the government’s medical authorities—the NIH, CDC, and FDA—to urgently review the latest data and then issue guidelines for physicians, nurse-practitioners, and physician assistants to prescribe Ivermectin for COVID-19.

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Can sunlight kill the Coronavirus?

Can sunlight kill the Coronavirus?

In view of the current realities and rules/regulations imposed on everyone to have social distancing and the need to stay away from crowded areas as much as possible, we feel it is vital to have a balanced perspective on certain matters pertaining to public health. Should you stay home all the time, thereby depriving yourself of Sunlight or Vitamin D(aka Sunshine Vitamin). How about coming into contact with surfaces that do have the Coronavirus? Will sunlight kill the Coronavirus? We did some research and found something interesting. Please read the brief extract below on how sunlight may affect the Coronavirus that we are facing right now.

Previous studies have demonstrated that SARS-CoV-2 is stable on surfaces for extended periods under indoor conditions. In the present study, simulated sunlight rapidly inactivated SARS-CoV-2 suspended in either simulated saliva or culture media and dried on stainless steel coupons. Ninety percent of infectious virus was inactivated every 6.8 minutes in simulated saliva and every 14.3 minutes in culture media when exposed to simulated sunlight representative of the summer solstice at 40°N latitude at sea level on a clear day. Significant inactivation also occurred, albeit at a slower rate, under lower simulated sunlight levels. The present study provides the first evidence that sunlight may rapidly inactivate SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces, suggesting that persistence, and subsequently exposure risk, may vary significantly between indoor and outdoor environments. Additionally, these data indicate that natural sunlight may be effective as a disinfectant for contaminated nonporous materials. The full article can be found here at: https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/222/2/214/5841129

Incidentally, while we were researching the above, we came across another interesting article that mentioned that sunlight exposure increased Covid-19 recovery rates. This study was done in Jakarta, Indonesia. Please read the brief extract below.

This study aims to present the correlation between sunlight exposure and Covid-19 statuses in Jakarta, Indonesia. The secondary data analysis was derived from surveillance data for Covid-19 from government authorities, including the Ministry of Health, the Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency, and the local government of Jakarta. Three statuses related to Covid-19 were examined in the study: incidence, death, and recovered. Meanwhile, sunlight exposure was presented as daily duration of it. Only the number of recovered patients correlated significantly with sunlight exposure (p-value = .025; r = 0.350). This study’s findings showed that sunlight exposure was associated with recovery from Covid-19. The full article can be found here at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7184988/

Hence, some form of exposure to sunlight might be helpful in light of this “Coronavirus Pandemic“!

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CORONAVIRUS – The Science Behind It

CORONAVIRUS – The Science Behind It

When we previously talked about the suitable preventive measures for the coronavirus or covid19 virus, it seemed so rushed and draconian in nature. It seemed as if it was a do or die thing. Many questions raced through our minds. Could this be better handled? Was there a spike in Pneumonia cases in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2019? Are the measures too tough? Was there a comparison with the number of deaths due to car accidents? If there are more deaths due to car accidents, do we ban vehicles? Have you ever wondered what does “flatten the curve” mean? We do agree containment measures are necessary but at the expense of killing the economy? Is there a middle ground? Amidst all these confusion, what narrative is the media trying to portray? Which parties own the media? Should there be a counter balance in opinions and media articles? If you have the time, we suggest you listen carefully to both videos below.

1. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, offers an overview of our special series, The Science Behind the Coronavirus. In this introduction, Soon-Shiong (MD, MBBCh, MSc, FRCS (C), FACS) proposes that understanding how the virus infects our bodies and strategies toward treatment can help us allay our anxiety about it. Soon-Shiong is a surgeon and scientist who has spent his career studying the human immune system to fight cancer and infectious diseases. He is also the chairman and CEO of NantWorks and the owner of or investor in a number of companies, including ImmunityBio and NantKwest which are currently researching immunotherapies for COVID-19.

2. Witness: Professor Neil Ferguson, Director, MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London (via video-conference)
https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/2b1c71d4-bdf4-44f1-98fe-1563e67060ee

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Coronavirus – Suitable Preventive Measures

Coronavirus – Suitable Preventive Measures

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild including the common cold but rarer forms like SARS and MERS can be lethal. In cows and pigs, they may cause diarrhoea, while in chickens they can cause an upper respiratory disease. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are universally approved for prevention or treatment. The above primer is taken from wikipedia. If you need more information about the current novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, you can visit America’s CDC or from China’s CDC.

At first glance, we do see a high fatality rate for this Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. Upon closer scrutiny, it seems the majority of fatalities are of the higher age groups who might have weaker immunity or pre-existing medical ailments. If you are younger or healthier, this does not mean that you can ignore or treat this coronavirus lightly. The symptoms appear to range in severity. While some individuals do suffer from mild flu symptoms, others have contracted viral pneumonia, which is resistant to antibiotics and therefore difficult to treat. Thus, it is better to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions.

A normal doctor or general practitioner will not have the exceptional ability to distinguish an individual suffering from the Coronavirus or the common cough and cold. Until medical test kits are mass produced for the healthcare establishments, confirmatory laboratory tests are needed. This needs specialized equipment and time. If you suspect yourself as having the Coronavirus, please isolate or quarantine yourself at your residence and call the medical professionals for the next course of action.

Another reason for the higher fatality is the fact that the hospitals or public health services are overwhelmed. In relation to the huge numbers of infection, they do not have the adequate medical facilities and supplies to diagnose and treat the patients suffering from the Coronavirus. Hence, the Chinese mainland authorities are going at breakneck speed to build specialized medical hospitals for treating such infectious diseases. They have done it before during the SARS crisis and we do think they have the ability to scale this up to provide the facilities needed to tend to the infected.

Health advice for the general public:

  1. Do not travel to Hubei Province where community transmission of novel Coronavirus is occurring. If it is unavoidable to travel to Hubei, put on a surgical mask and continue to do so until 14 days after returning, and quarantine for 14 days as far as possible. For members of the public returning from other parts of China, they are advised to stay home for 14 days upon their return as far as possible. Those who need to go out should wear a surgical mask.
  2. Avoid close contact with persons with fever or respiratory symptoms in countries/areas with possible community transmission of novel coronavirus infection. If it is unavoidable to come into contact with them, put on a surgical mask and continue to do so until 14 days after returning.
  3. Avoid touching animals (including game), poultry / birds or their droppings. Avoid visiting wet markets, live poultry markets or farms. Do not consume game meat and do not patronise food premises where game meat is served.
  4. Maintain good personal hygiene
    (i) Wear a surgical mask when taking public transport or staying in crowded places. It is important to wear a mask properly, including hand hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask.
    (ii)Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.Keep hands clean at all times. Perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching your eyes, mouth or nose, before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, after touching public installations such as escalator handrails, elevator control panels or door knobs, or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretion after coughing or sneezing.
    (iii) Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry with a disposable paper towel.
    (iv) If hand washing facilities are not available, or when hands are not visibly soiled, performing hand hygiene with 70 to 80% alcohol-based handrub is an effective alternative.
    (v) Cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Do not spit or litter. Use tissue paper to hold your spit. Dispose of the soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin, and then wash hands thoroughly.
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How to Choose a Right Dental Air Compressor for Your Dental Practice?

This article pertains more to a dental practice or a medical equipment supplier who would want the best for their dental practice. Keeping up to date on the latest in medical technologies is vital to providing the best possible service to the end users. Do you know that an oil-lubricated compressor has a higher risk of contaminating the compressed air with lubricant? If you are intending to go oil-free, what should you take note of? Thus, it is imperative that when you look for an oilless dental air compressor supplier and their related listings, you will definitely come across the following ratings that will have an impact on your purchasing decision. In case you are unfamiliar with the ratings and terms, here is a brief refresher.

Performance Ratings (CFM, PSI, and HP)
For most medical air compressors, these basic performance ratings are a direct indicator of power and reliability. But dental air compressors do not need to have higher ratings in any of these categories.

Noise Level
Dental work requires precision and the patient remaining calm to be safe. If a compressor is too loud, then it can agitate patients or distract practitioners which can lead to accidents, liability issues, and poorer customer service experiences.

Compressor Size
You have to consider how many operators will be in use at a time when selecting a compressor. The compressor’s capacity will be a great indicator of whether or not it’s worth your time. Capacity is the output in liters per minute (lpm), with most chairs needing around 50 lpm.

Value
When we refer to value, we don’t just mean cost. In many cases, higher quality tools may cost more, but they provide enough reliability to last for a long time and pay for themselves in the long run.

Air Quality
Air quality is more important than any other factor when choosing a dental air compressor. With the potential risk of exposure to pathogens, bacteria and microorganisms, this is undeniably the most important factor when choosing a brand new compressor.

Specific Features You Want
Three of the most important components of your dental air compressor will be the purge tank, the oil filter, and wet/dry indicators. Whether you are starting a brand new dental practice or looking for an upgraded equipment, dental air compressors should be at the top of the list. Not only do you want quiet compressors that can run as many dental chairs as you need, you want higher quality products that won’t require frequent repair and maintenance or replacement. If you want your practice to grow and expand, then consider your choices carefully. We hope that this buying guide has been useful to your compressor purchasing decision.

If you are also interested in other portable dental equipment such as portable dental chairs, please feel free to take a look at dentalsalemall.com.

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China approves Oligomannate, world’s first new Alzheimer’s drug in 20 years and it is based on seaweed!

Geng Meiyu (front row, left) and her research team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully developed the first world’s medication for Alzheimer’s Disease in nearly 20 years. Photo: Xinhua

The world’s first new drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in nearly two decades – and perhaps the only treatment with the potential to reverse the condition – was approved by the Chinese government on Saturday night.

The National Medical Products Administration said the drug, Oligomannate, had been approved for the treatment of “mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and improving cognitive function”.

Beijing neurologist Dr Song Juexian spoke for many in her profession when she said: “Long in the dark, the Alzheimer’s disease has finally seen a break of dawn from the East.” Song, from Xuanwu Hospital, also cautioned that it was “far from the end of the battle”.

The development of Oligomannate was inspired by the relatively low occurrence of Alzheimer’s among elderly people who regularly consumed seaweed.

Packaging for Oligomannate, the new medication for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, which is expected to be available for patients in China before the end of the year. Photo: Xinhua News

The Chinese research team, led by Dr Geng Meiyu at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, started looking into possible connections and, in 1997, identified a unique sugar in seaweed which might play an important role in the phenomenon.

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