“In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston’s arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.” -George Orwell, 1984
One of the most disturbing aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the strange singularity of the ultimate solution, or at least the one preferred by the world’s most powerful people and their media: vaccines.
The use of lockdowns has been subject to much public debate, including the WHO’s plea to stop using them after estimating they plunged 100 million people into extreme poverty. What does not get discussed as much are the treatment alternatives. There may be more good ones than you might imagine. In fact, I considered these substantial effects to be almost uniformly muted due to the Simpson’s paradox inherent in the inclusion of late treatment studies.
Yet, we hardly ever hear discussion of early treatment with most any medicine on that list.
Consider the other potential solutions that the media tells us next to nothing about, if not censors the sources talking about them. If you are unfamiliar with any of them, or their relative potential, ask yourself what that means about your information network.
Ring vaccination (or medication)
Ring vaccination is a strategy sometimes used for infectious diseases such as smallpox. It involves targeting only those high at risk and others in common contact. Since 93 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have been of people aged 55 and older, obesity can triple or quadruple risk, and 94% of mortality involves easily identifiable comorbidities, it seems extremely strange not to let the healthy young people go full Sweden, which moved forward without so much economic damage by mostly sheltering its higher risk citizens. Does it make sense to vaccinate anyone under the age of 25 (outside of a ring vaccination program) when only 0.2% of fatalities are in that age group?!
Intentional spread of less scary coronaviruses
When I was a kid, my mother intentionally took me over to another family’s house in order to expose me to chickenpox. The technique was standard, despite the relatively rare risks such as complicated co-infections, encephalitis, and an increased risk of shingles later on. The idea was that the average damage from these risks was far smaller than the near-certainty of a far worse case of chickenpox during adulthood.
So, why aren’t we inoculating at least a portion of people with any one of the several coronaviruses that often result in the common cold and that result in resistance to SARS-CoV-2 infection? Can’t we at least do this for the kids? Or does that question push us too close to understanding the real motivations of health authorities?
Despite numerous studies on memory T cell immunity (here, here, here, here, here, and elsewhere), indicating that T cells (including those produced to fight off other coronaviruses) may be more effective combating COVID-19 than antibodies (the latter of which are the end goal for vaccine administration). While vaccines can spur memory T cells, we are already being told that the resulting level of T cell immunity isn’t enough that we won’t have to receive future jabs as well.
Vaccines for different viruses
Other vaccines [that have long track records of fewer scary side effects] such as the MMR and BCG vaccines have been found to infer levels of COVID-19 immunity (here and here, respectively). This may involve priming of the immune system in a way that, unlike coronavirus vaccines, does not provoke auto-immune disease. A manufacturer of another vaccine recently told me of plans to market that vaccine as a COVID-19 solution.
Vitamin, supplement, and fitness Therapies
There is some support in the scientific community for pushing vitamins, minerals, and supplements while heading toward herd immunity. After all, there is substantial evidence that vitamin D deficiency and therapies matter, vitamin C helps, zinc matters, and obesity matters a lot. There is even evidence that folate reduces risks. Put it all together (along with one or several of the other strategies), and we might achieve the same benefits or better without the scary side effects we’re hearing about or the need for a massive-scale human experiment that could result in scarier mutations of the virus we’re trying to fend off. We could even employ a ring strategy, as discussed earlier.
Well, maybe so! Might we at least…give it a try?
Simpler, time-tested vaccine recipes
I understand the hype over bleeding edge technological applications to problems. I’ve founded and co-founded technology companies. Building a colony on the moon and flying to Mars sounds cool, and I look forward to buying an electric car soon. But is what we’re doing the right strategy during a pandemic given that our governments think the situation is scary enough to lockdown the public, schools, and suggest that two masks might make your kids safer while their mental health suffers?
People do know that other vaccine formulations were around prior to mRNA vaccines, and that the tens of millions of people dosed with mRNA vaccines are currently part of the largest human health experiment in the history of the world, right? Just remember to tell anyone who says such vaccines won’t work that they’re a dirty anti-vaxxer.
Does it feel like all these options, in addition to early treatment medicines, are almost completely absent in the conversations of public health officials? Upon reading this list, did you have any feeling at all that some of the many potential alternative treatments were shoved down the memory hole? Perhaps it is time to think long and hard about exactly why that could be the case.