How long is Coronavirus contagious? Our new video covers several papers on duration and possible treaments
Covid-19 Still Continues to Be a Threat
Although social distancing and lockdown restrictions are easing, the virus is still active. Our death rate could be as high as 200,000-300,000 people if there is another spike because social distancing in public doesn’t work.
While we need to balance our need to work and socialize with our health, we must take precauctions. Wearing a mask in public, busy situations and continue good hygiene with consistent handwashing.
While we could see a drop in numbers due to it being summer, this is unlikely. We see a drop in flu and cold numbers each Summer because people do not use indoors heating which recirculates the flu bug. We know Covid-19 dies quickly when exposed to hot UV light, but most people go indoors and turn on A/C when it becomes too hot. Air Conditioning then will recirculate infected air, raising the risks of contracting Covid-19.
New Research shows conflicting contagion timelines
New research from Singapore is showing the infectious time period for people with Covid-19 may be as little as 11 days. It is not known if this is for both strains of the virus, or just for the less deadly ‘Asian’ strain seen predominantly in China and the Western USA, as well as the ‘European’ strain which has been more deadly.
PCR tests on one of our patients were Covid-19 positive even after 30 days and at the 45 day mark. They tested negative on day 61. The positive readings were likely caused by dead virus particles, which explains how earlier tests from Singapore seemed to indicate people were recatching the virus when still testing positive after 30 days.
Potential Treatments Include Ivermectin and Artemisinin
A new clinical trial in the UK is looking at the benefits of Ivermectin, which is used for parasites. Best known as Cholecalfiferol, it increases Vitamin D intake, which reduces mortality rates in people with respiratory infections. While taking Vitamin D is a proactive strategy, it is not enough to get sunlight daily or take a supplement. Please consult a health professional if you wish to add more Vitamin D to your preventative health strategy.
Artemisinin (or Wormwood) is also being researched for its potential uses in fighting Covid-19. Used throughout most of the world as an anti-malarial, it is only available in herb or infusion form in the United States. Past successful uses include as infusions with vitamin C to treat cancer, and for relief and healing from allergies, asthma, COPD, and pulmonary fibrosis. It is its success in treating large-scale lung injuries and scaring which may be useful in treating people with Covid-19.