20201019 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Manager

It is important to realise that the SARS infection (2003) was not declared a pandemic. It killed around 8,000 people but it remains active.

And there is still no vaccine.

The whole risk argument is being undermined by US President Trump and his strongest supporters: no one is asking the big question – how can he have had such serious symptoms as were claimed and yet be driving around waving just three days after being admitted to hospital and back, mask-less, at the White House the next day?

Trump was treated with a cocktail of drugs which are mostly those available to ordinary Americans but, media reports say, he had extras. Before he went to hospital, he was dosed with an experimental antibody drug from Regeneron. But it’s not approved by the Food and Drugs Administration.

Trump was given Remdesivir which the World Health Organisation says has not been demonstrated to have any positive effect – but the FDA has approved it despite known serious side effects. Trump went home while still being given the drug through a drip. And he was given dexamethasone. It’s a steroid designed to be anti-inflammatory.

It’s cheap and it’s easy to get but it adversely affects the immune system and, as we know, CoVid-19 doesn’t kill – it undermines the immune system so that other things kill the patient.

But, despite that, it has been demonstrated to have success in some cases. But not that much – around a quarter of those treated with it have died.

And yet, the most telling statistics are in relation to the relative infection-to-death rates.