A Little More Information Comes In

Some information I’ve gotten in the last day or so:

  • A Chinese clinical study that included a control group found that patients taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) had a shorter time to clinical recovery, as well as improved pneumonia. Even the NY Times reported on this although they downplayed the President’s role in touting HCQ.
  • One of our family relations in New York City was in critical condition on a ventilator with the COVID-19 virus. His wife had to sign a release to allow the doctors to use a treatment.  A couple of days after the start of treatment he is off the ventilator much improved and talking to relatives on the phone.
  • I had a chance to do some back of the envelope calculations to see how the death statistics look for this thing with respect to patient’s age. Here it is:

So over 88% of people who die are over 60.  82% are over 70.  That tells me that dosing all the old age homes with an anti-viral (which HCQ is) would go along way to knocking these death rates down by almost a  factor of 10.

There are plenty of smart people who want his thing to end sooner and without hundreds of thousands of deaths.  I’m hoping they start looking at the numbers and figure out that targeting the elderly is the key to dropping the mortality from this thing way down.

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Jason
Jason
8 months ago

I’m sure people are thinking it and saying it. Getting the _right_ people (taking underline queues from Tyler) to take action is the hard part.

War Pig
War Pig
8 months ago
Reply to  photog

The problem is that since big pharma cannot make scads of money off HCQ, they are going to fight it through their bought-and-paid lawmakers and other strategically placed stooges. Pharma plays both sides of the aisle without prejudice. They’ll bribe, excuse, me, “support thew reelection” of anybody, left, right or center, if they can get a vote to allow them to somehow patent HCQ so they can jack up prices as they have done to insulin and Narcan.