Source: Front Nieuws
IppocrateOrg is a group of doctors named after Hippocrates, the father of medicine, the man who established the principles of diagnostic research and who founded medical ethics and deontology.
Below is an interview translated from NewDailyCompass with one of the founders of the association, Dr. Paolo Martino Allegri.
Dr. Born in Africa in 1962 to the son of a missionary physician, Paolo Martino is an experienced physician from Padua, northeastern Italy. He specialized in pediatrics and then in neonatology and neonatal pathology. He now successfully treats and cures Covid patients.
Dr. Allegri, how did you get involved in the home care of Covid patients?
Until 10 years ago I was a pediatrician in Vo ‘Euganeo, where the first cases of Covid appeared in the Veneto region of Italy. We didn’t know what to do. Some of my past patients, with pneumonia documented on CT scan, were confined to their homes with virtually no treatment, and so I started offering them massive doses of vitamins, especially vitamin D, which I knew would boost their immune systems. To my surprise, the oxygen saturation of these patients improved rapidly. Since then I recommend preventive vitamin prophylaxis and higher doses to everyone in case of illness.
How did you feel when you realized that Covid-19 was not the Black Death, but that it could be treated and cured?
I felt great satisfaction in being able to give non-illusory hope to people who asked me for help, but at the same time I was upset because I felt alone and somewhat mocked by the colleagues with whom I tried to share my experience.
How was IppocratesOrg born?
From an ingenious intuition of the founder, Mauro Rango, an Italian living in the Mauritius Islands. There, the Coronavirus was quickly eradicated in the beginning, with drugs that we have known for decades, such as Azithromycin, Hydroxychloroquine or Cortisone, while in Italy people died like flies. How was it possible that in Africa, where health care is not as advanced as in Italy, such marvellous results were achieved, while in Italy the spread of the disease could not be contained? That’s why he made a call via WhatsApp to a group of friends, which quickly went viral. Since November, the doctors of this group have been helping patients by responding to their requests for help by email.
What are the results of the association’s doctors?
The results are excellent! I can say this with certainty because I not only have the data of my own patients, but also those of other colleagues. We have treated more than 6,000 cases to date. Only a small percentage of these have required short-term hospital treatment, but those are the people who came to us late. Our experience shows that early intervention is the winning strategy. The death rate of the patients we treated is close to zero: no deaths have been reported among those we treated within a week of the onset of symptoms.
So the facts tell us that it is possible to treat and cure at home. In doing so, we avoid the dreaded overcrowding of hospitals and intensive care units. However, the government’s technical bodies have done nothing to encourage home care and have thwarted this possibility by opposing any treatment other than acetaminophen at the protocol level. What is your opinion on this strategy?
I am convinced it was a big mistake not to promote home care. Treating Covid at home is much easier than people think, as long as you get it right early, like I said. I am a pediatrician and I wouldn’t feel comfortable treating an adult with other illnesses, but I find it quite easy to treat people with Covid. My oldest patient, who has already recovered, is 95 years old, and yesterday I treated another patient who is 98 years old! As for acetaminophen, the fact is that its use worsens the situation for two reasons. First, it does not have an anti-inflammatory effect, which is indispensable in the treatment of this disease, but merely antipyretic and gives the patient an illusory sense of improvement while the virus continues to spread in the body.
The recent ruling of the Lazio Regional Administrative Court finally seems to open up the possibility of promoting treatment protocols in Italy using those drugs whose effectiveness in this field has long been recognized in the treatment of patients …
I agree with that. The verdict is very clear on this point. My hope is that now at ministerial level they will also take note of this new reality of home care which is fortunately gaining ground not only thanks to IppocrateOrg, but also thanks to other grassroots initiatives in Italian society.
If you were called to a hearing before the Technical and Scientific Committee in Italy, based on the experience of recent months, what would you say to the experts?
I would say that we must boldly admit that hospital-based treatment of the disease has been the wrong strategy and that it is time to change tack. Many doctors are aware of this. The figures prove us right: early home care works. We must encourage them to empty the intensive care units. Politicians should take note of everything.