• Good News: More Signs of Hope in Battle Against Coronavirus

    Surge Summary: It’s not all bad news on the coronavirus front. A number of positive developments are surfacing involving testing and treatment. Some research is suggesting the death rate from the virus may be lower than previously believed.

    by Gary Bauer

    Lost in all the news about infections and deaths is the continued advance in potential medical solutions to this crisis. It’s hard to know yet whether they will shorten the crisis in the near term, but they will be important if the virus becomes a seasonal hazard like the flu.

    For example, those who have survived coronavirus infections are donating blood, which has antibodies that can fight the virus. Their blood is being given to patients who are currently struggling, and is being used in other research for potential cures.

    In addition, pharmaceutical companies are speeding up work on tests to determine not just if you have the virus, but if you have had the virus. People who have had Covid-19 are unlikely to get it again, and may be able to safely return to work.

    Lastly, there’s new research suggesting that the death rate may in fact be much lower than originally believed. It is still high (0.66%) compared to the flu, and it is especially dangerous to particular segments of society. … But the more we understand, the better. …

    As you have heard, those most at risk are people over 60, and the risk increases with age. Other risk factors include pre-existing health conditions. So the older you are and the more pre-existing conditions you have, the greater your risk of developing serious complications from the coronavirus.

    It is also a fact that people with pre-existing medical conditions are more likely to die whenever they get ill. That’s why there is such concern about keeping the flu out of nursing homes every year. Sadly, the major cause of death is not necessarily the coronavirus itself, but the underlying medical conditions that would likely lead to death anyway.

    So I want to repeat again what the medical community is telling us about the kinds of conditions they are most concerned about.

    • Diabetes appears to have a high correlation to serious complications with the coronavirus.
    • Heart disease and any kind of lung disease is another major risk factor. Smokersare especially at risk.
    • Obesity may be related to poor outcomes.
    • And while it is not emphasized in the media, those with AIDS, drug users and others with compromised immune systems appear to be at higher risk.

    People who are younger and don’t fall into any of these categories often have such mild symptoms that they don’t even know they have Covid-19. Others have experienced what they describe as a bad flu.

    Of course, it goes without saying that younger people who don’t know they have Covid-19 or have very mild symptoms are, sadly, very capable of spreading the virus to those in high risk groups.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: CDC/ Jim Gathany, Courtesy: Public Health Image Library

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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