What the specialists don’t tell us about Covid-19 pandemic

For the past several months we all have  heard and watched on our TVs  from our health experts the same repetitive,  boring – and sometimes even  rather simplistic  statements- of  the different ways to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. I relate my feelings to  my  broad and varied academic training and vocations-16 years attendance at Canadian universities  getting my 4 academic degrees- B.Sc.Hons Biology from U of Manitoba in 1949,  M.Sc in biochemistry from U of Alberta in 1952, Ph.D in Plant Pathology and Cytogenetics from U. of Toronto in1955, and an MD in medicine from U of Manitoba in 1960. Regarding vocations I first worked for 7 years as a plant pathologist with the Canad. Dept. of Agriculture, then on returning to Manitoba  I graduated from medicine in 1960, did  cancer Research in Saskatoon for 4 years, 3 years setting up and directing Winnipeg Clinic Research Institute Lab followed by medical practice in Winnipeg  for 35 years  I was also a medical officer with the Workers compensation of Manitoba for  8  of those 35 years. I also  set up and directed 2 private Research labs- one at the Winnipeg Clinic in 1965-68 and my own private research lab called the Kildonan Institute of Gerontology in 1974 . After retiring from medicine in the mid 1990’s I also closed my private Research lab and devoted most of my spare time  informing the public about various health issues using different educational tools including a blog and a website. I am in relative good health and will turn  93 in June 2020 -but  lets get to the topic of the Covid-19 pandemic.

First a few  general statements re  RNA retroviral  infections 

  1. The  epidemics/pandemics of Spanish flu,Ebola, HIV/AIDS, SARS, and now COVID-19 are all caused by the same group of viruses namely -the  RNA retroviruses-  One would expect that they would all have some features in common.- and  they certainly do. For an introduction to retroviruses. -indeed Virology 101, I recommend this   link   Retrovirus <en.wikipedia.org/ Our specialists never tell us to review and compare these retroviruses/pandemics  that way.

 2  Also since The HIV Life Cycle-AIDS  is the most extensively  studied RNA retrovirus pandemic and is the longest persisting pandemic- especially  still prevalent in Africa, I would recommend that the reader use this RNA retrovirus to search for details on  Covid-19  This link also details one of the major complications- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome  or AIDS.  This syndrome  develops because  after the HIV virus enters the host cell  – specifically the  CT4 helper lymphocytes-its transcriptase enzyme  directs the host DNA genome to make copies of the  HIV virus- and presumably all the other RNA retrovirus – including Covid-19 . When the  cytoplasm of these  special lymphocytes become engorged with newly formed RNA virus copies they die releasing the viruses which can repeat the process of invading new cells  The ability of the host to function immunologically and/or their  death of these special lymphocytes or reducing their blood levels to 200/ml or less.  (The normal blood level of the CT4 lymphocyte is between 500-1500 /ml). When these low levels are reached we say the person now has AIDS- acquired immune deficiency syndrome . The most common signs  of syndrome includes weight Karposi cancer (sarcoma) and non specific pneumonia leading to death.   By coincidence doctors have recently reported  that children with Covid-19 were developing   vascular lesions  resulting in strokes and deaths while others were developing unusual skin lesions-Could either of these conditions be suggestive of HIV  symptoms  of AIDS . 

This link also  details the history of how scientists after studying the   pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS  developed a specific medical  treatment-not a vaccine  called  ART -anti retroviral treatment  which gave the HIV  victims a new life from not dying prematurally. Imagine the joy and relief of these emaciated AIDS  victims finding that the virus no longer could be demonstrated in their biological fluids and that they would therefore not transmit  HIV but more importantly they could even live a normal full life expectancy  . Again our health specialists fail to tell the public about this unique special medical treatment. 

they reduce the target lymphocytes which the retrovirus invades and grows-  are the  CT4 helper lymphocytes- these  blood cells drop to such low levels that they loose their ability to assist in  the production of antibodies- The result is that the victims usually die die from acquired immunity deficiency syndrome. By coincidence doctors have recently reported  that children with Covid-19 were developing   vascular lesions  resulting in strokes and deaths while others were developing unusual skin lesions-Could either of these conditions be suggestive of HIV  symptoms  of AIDS . 

-This link also  details the history of how scientists after studying the   pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS  developed a specific medical  treatment-not a vaccine  called  ART -anti retroviral treatment  which gave the HIV  victims a new life from not dying prematurally. Imagine the joy and relief of these emaciated AIDS  victims finding that the virus no longer could be demonstrated in their biological fluids and that they would therefore not transmit the HIV but more importantly could even live a normal full life expectancy  . Again our health specialists fail to tell the public about this unique special medical treatment. 

3  Probably most importantly the Specialists failed to mention the fact  that RNA retrovirus must first enter the host cell before they can begin their division and growth No host cell wall penetration no viral growth no pandemic! Theyonly stress the 2 meter avoidance and also to wash their hands to prevent infection.

4. I would also recommend to your readers to  check 2 other links:

 < lifescience.com> <medscape.com >  In these 2 links  the scientists   interviewed explain why some patients with Covid-19  may have oxygen saturation levels of 70% or less and yet do not exhibit  clinical features of hypoxia. This raises the question should they be put on ventolaters- a procedure normally started when the O2 saturation level drops  below 90%- raising the dilemma of whether we should treat the clinical findings of the patient or the test. According to the interview of this website the ER physician  was removed from the ward  and returned to the ER when he refused to intubate such patients with low O2 saturation and no clinical symptoms of hypoxia.. This issue that maybe  doctors should treat the patient and not the test also was not mentioned/considered by specialists.

5. Since all of these RNA retroviruses  have the same unique property namely of directing the host DNA to make copies of the virus  RNA. and that this RNA then becomes transcribed into  part of the host DNA genome !. This raises a very fundamental question : Should  individuals after recovery from  COVID-19  and presumably still have their RNA virus as part of the host DNA should ever give blood for transfusions  and/or plasma. An issue -to my knowledge.Never mentioned or discussed.

6 Regarding development of a specific vaccine.Specialists should warn the public that some procedures used in making vaccines  incorporate parts of living virus particles that accidentally  could create potentially new viral pathogens –Thisisnever discussed and/or even mentioned by our specialists .

Author: Semeon Hrushovetz

Retired Physician, Researcher, Lifelong Learner. Promoting healthy aging and life extension. Visit: http://docSamblog.blogspot.ca -and- https://docsam.ca

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