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Odd (COVID) Lots

  • Here’s an excellent summary of studies of SARS-CoV-2 mask effectiveness from Swiss Policy Research. It’s not an article so much as a list of research studies and papers from mostly European sources, all with links. A number of very clear graphs indicate how infections have mapped to mask mandates. The news is all bad for mask fetishists: Masks do not appear to have any significant effect on the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Be sure to watch the video, which supports my long-term contention that masks propel aerosol viruses via jets around their edges. Given how far air from those jets travels, I’d guess that being next to a person jetting around a mask is more dangerous than standing the same distance from somone not wearing a mask at all.
  • Here’s another solid item from Swiss Policy Research on COVID-19 treatment protocols. The US seems peculiarly reluctant to actively treat the disease with known protocols like zinc plus an ionophore or (for no reason I can discover) ivermectin. Yes, ivermectin does work. There is some recent research suggesting that HCQ + zinc will not work, but against that is a fair amount of research, some pioneered by Dr. Zev Zelenko in New York. Here’s the study to which Dr. Zelenko contributed.
  • If masks don’t work, what’s the best thing to do? Our doc suggested taking quercetin plus 50mg zinc gluconate every morning as a preventive. Quercetin is a strong ionophore that escorts zinc into cells where it can stop viral replication. Note that not all zinc is created equal. The bioavailability of zinc oxide is essentially zero. Stick with sulfate or gluconate. Quercetin is OTC; we use the NOW formulation that includes bromelain. Whether quercetin is as strong an ionophore as HCQ is something I’ve researched and found nothing useful. I find it interesting that quercetin is used in Erope to treat existing infections, and not merely as a preventive.
  • Nitay Arbel posted a link to a study suggesting that the Moderna vaccine’s protective effect is longer-lasting the the Pfizer vaccine’s. If you’re interested in pandemic science at all (as opposed to pandemic politics) bookmark his site and check it regularly.
  • Here’s a paper that discusses the differences between ivermectin and HCQ against COVID-19. The TLDR summary is that ivermectin acts against both early cases and more advanced cases, while HCQ+zinc work far better in early cases than advanced cases. HCQ alone doesn’t work at all. I’d suggest bookmarking the page because it contains a huge number of links to pertinent research of all kinds.
  • If you’ve never supplemented zinc before and are confused by all the options, this page will lay it all out. It’s a subtler business than I originally thought.

3 Comments

  1. Tom Orman says:

    Jeff,
    I very much appreciate your willingness to look at many aspects of many topics. Something that scientists often seem very reluctant to do. I just came across a youtuber that goes by DrBeen, that had an article 8 months ago that I just came across. He reviews a study that shows the effectiveness of Honey and Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin seed). If this interests you check it out at this link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOwa6-EOohI&t=1s

    He posted this about 8 months ago, but I and many others have just seen it. He’s one of a few doctors that are willing to show studies that show alternative info.

  2. Amy says:

    Amazon seems to be out of stock of the quercetin/bromelain supplements, but I found one that’s quercetin with zinc (as zinc mono methionine chelate complex), so it can’t hurt to try it out. At worst it’s just 1-2 extra pills in my nightly batch. (But I might want to hold off, as I’m on amlodipine for my blood pressure and there might be some interaction there.)

    1. You’re going to have to talk to your doc on this one; I’ve never heard of zinc mono methione chelate. Key with the zinc factor is its bioavilability. I wonder if the forumlation you found was put together in the wake of the pandemic.

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