By Nick Stamatakis

As we descent deeper into the coronavirus crisis, the focus is gradually turning from containment to therapy and from isolation and “lockdown” to planning the re-opening of the economy. It was a very hopeful sign that both President Trump and NY Governor A.Cuomo stated this “re-opening” goal on Monday.  Granted, in the next few days we will see some grim numbers coming out of New York and other states.  This is to be expected as availability of testing increased dramatically.  One number, however, is very hopeful and this is the mortality rate, steadying below 1%, and likely to drop lower.  So far, we have about 700 deaths from coronavirus in the US.  Let’s put this number in perspective: the flu has caused an estimated 36 million illnesses, 370,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  With this number in mind let’s list a few more powerful signs of hope:

The production of personal protection equipment (PPEs) in the U.S. is exploding.  Within days from the call to action from the President and the Federal Government, Αmerican industry has started its miraculous engine and the results are nothing less than amazing.  Take a look at this small sample of news:

But more significant than good old American factories will be the impact of hi-tech industry.  1) The use of drones to inform the public and monitor and control population movement.  2) The use of robots for various purposes, mostly to reduce human to human contact – and also in the production of goods and services.  3) The use of smartphones and advanced location apps will allow controlling of those infected and recovering – among many other usages. Serious violation of privacy concerns have arisen because of the above methods – but solutions have already sprung out of this – such as “anonymized location services”. 4) Remote teaching techniques. A few months ago, it was believed that teaching through “skype” or other services was not as effective. Not anymore… After a few days of “lockdown” this has become a standard educational practice.  Could anyone imagine the huge impact on the cost of middle and higher education?

Production of medicine and vaccines.  A great debate has already started about the use of hydroxychloroquine in combination with Zithromax (z-pack).  Just last night FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn gave his blessing to any doctor that would cautiously prescribe this medicine to coronavirus patients, despite the lack of sufficient data, after making a determination for each individual patient.  A number of other existing drugs are in the testing phase; Greece today announced it was importing a very promising one, favipiravir, from Japan.  Vaccines are said to require 12 to 18 months but many companies are speeding up the process and some expect to have a vaccine by the fall of 2020.  For a complete review of medical treatments please take a look here.

After considering all the above progress in just a matter of days, one is certainly tempted to revisit the decisions that have been made regarding the spread of coronavirus.  A top Greek epidemiologist, affiliated with Stanford University, Dr. John Ioannidis, caused quite a roar when he rightfully suggested that the whole approach to controlling the spread of the virus might be a fiasco… And also that we used the same techniques medieval societies seven centuries ago to control the spread of “Black Death” (you can hear him here in Greek as he is interviewed by an Athens radio station)…  In this light, after the 15 or 20 “lockdown” days, we should certainly reconsider the whole issue and use all technological means available to allow American economy to survive (and most certainly expand in a post-coronavirus manufacturing boom, fueled by very cheap and abundant energy).

March 24, 2020, n.stamatakis@aol.com   www.helleniscope.com

 

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    Mass produce respirators and use the H adaptor ,so one ventilator can be used for 4 corona patients simultaneously by placing their heads close together.Mass produce PPE,masks, hand sanitizers,chloroquine and zithromycin that are effective for serious corona infections ASAP using the Emergency Act. Also mass produce corona self detection fast antibody tests to learn who can safely return to work ,if positive.Implement telecommuting as the economy needs resuscitation too!

    We have 3 months of data showing thatCoronavirus infection is fatal mostly to elderly >69 yo and to those compromised by chronic disease like diabetes, COPD, liver disease, kidney disease etc regardless of age ,who all have <15% mortality per graph above.

    For the majority of the population , especially the healthy 98% of them ,with minimal fatalities and they recover from it within 14 days ,they develop immunity for the rest of the year and they stop spreading the corona virus.( Dr Fauci of CDC said it on Levine show of FOXtwo days ago)

    THEREFORE:
    Make sure the ELDERLY > 65 AND THE VULNERABLE CHRONICALLY ILL are quarantined at home for 3-5weeks WORLDWIDE until the start of the mass production of the previous items and encourage the rest of the population to move FREELY to work, school ,entertainment , travel ,social events TO GET RAPIDLY INFECTED WITHOUT FEAR OF DEATH ,as their corona illness will be asymptomatic mild or serious 60%of the population, will create a wall of immunity ,the virus will stop spreading and the pandemic will stop.

    SO THE CORONARY VIRUS PANDEMIC CAN BE OVER IN LESS THAN FIVE WEEKS ,IF THE WHOLE WORLD COOPERATES BY PLACING IN HOME QUARANTINE ONLY THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE ( < 5% of the population/ Cuomo gov of NYfeb 24 2020

    Keep a registry of those that recovered from coronavirus infection ,as their plasma has corona virus antibodies ,that can cure those seriously ill with corona virus ,until a vaccine is available in 4-12 months.

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