Coronavirus tribute to the late, great, Eddie Cochrane, early King of Rock, and Three Steps to Heaven
The formula for Heaven’s very simple: Just follow, and you will see: Just follow steps, One, Two and Three!
Step One: IsolAAAAAtion. Step Two: Herd ImmUUUUUnity. Step Three: No need for VaccinAtion
Yeh, that sure sounds like Heaven to me!: Just follow, steps, One, Two and Three! with due homage, David Akenhead, Easter 2020
Opening paragraph in an article in The Times of 16th April 2020 –
“Germany will allow most shops to open their doors on Monday and millions of pupils will go back to school at the beginning of May after Angela Merkel announced her country’s first steps out of shutdown.”
Contrast this with Trump’s authority on 17th April 2020, to permit State Governors in the US to do their own thing, and one wonders what was the point of all the sacrifice we have been forced to endure these past weeks? Personally, I am for opening up again, but only with the kind of responsibility advocated by Dr Fitgerald (below).
COVID-19 – LATEST: Encouraging signs from Newfoundland:
From Dr Janice Fitzgerald, Chief Health Officer today, Monday May 11th 2020:
For a fourth straight day Monday, Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases of COVID-19, keeping the total number of cases at 261.
With 244 people having recovered from the virus, the current active caseload stands at 14 for the fifth straight day. As of Monday’s briefing the province has tested 9,900 people — 79 in the last 24 hours.
The province has moved to Alert Level 4 of its phased reopening plan, starting a 28-day assessment period as it looks ahead to potentially moving to Level 3 at some point in June.
Credit too to Dr John Haggie and our Premier, Dwight Ball for their wholehearted support.
Without wishing to offend anyone at this critical time for all of us, I fully endorse Dr Fitzgerald’s cautionary approach today, as I am equally inspired by both Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer’s mutual cooperation in the House (also today) to attain the same objectives for my fellow countrymen and women in the United Kingdom as well as Ireland, and I am thus persuaded by the example of all three (Dr Fitzgerald deserves a medal, in my opinion for her superb handling of the crisis in Newfoundland) to try to keep politics to an absolute minimum in expressing my own views on the subject.
The important thing is making people aware of the dangers, and if we take Dr Nehgrin‘s worthy advice below, I believe we can at least avoid or allay personal risk with this virus to ourselves and our families.
You will find beneath, Dr Pinching’s response to a paper I wrote in 1987 in advocating a solution to the AIDS virus to his own book on the subject of retroviruses and AIDS in particular. I entitled my paper – “An examination of the Inverse Square Law with a view to establishing a postulate which directly relates the cycles of life forms to the Solar experience and in so doing deduces that a radical change is necessary if man is to come to terms with ever changing and ever resourceful strains of virus which are threatening his very existence”. You will see that he referred me to Professor Weiss, who sadly dissuaded me from proceeding further, since he said that mine was only an hypothesis, with no way of proving that there was any substance to it. Hypothesis then, reality today, I fear. I subsequently saw Dr Lau at King’s College, whose letter illustrates a little of my thinking too. Basically I argued that the reason why the green monkey of Congo had managed to survive 500 years was in its ability to contain the AIDS virus! How? I hear you ask. Simply by accommodating it, permitting the two to co-exist until the virus or the monkey died out naturally according to their own time clocks. We too need to find a way to accommodate coronavirus. (Note: since writing this article I note that Moderna does just this – a lookalike virus with no genetic instruction allows the ‘guest’ in the new host to complete its relatively short life cycle in the perceived comfort and security of its dummy – net effect to not rock any boats, be it that of the virus, or overreaction by the host’s immune system which is effectively a ticket to an ICU! Meantime, precious time will allow the genomists to crack the enigma code of the human genome. If that day should ever arrive we will have cracked disease as we know it today.)
You see, it’s the tiniest living forms that are the first to live and the last to die in our living Earth. Listen to Sir David Attenborough. It may be too late, but if we are to survive, the business of the World Health Organisation must become sacrosanct, free from the tyranny of market forces.
International cooperation is already at its best in the space stations and at the poles, where all branches of Science are given equal credence. The Pharmaceutical industry must no longer be all powerful and all decisive, being but just one branch of Einstein’s multi-faceted ball. In my view, the days of the vaccine and antibiotic are numbered as this latest little devil is illustrating handsomely. Dr Peter Openshaw, Professor of experimental medicine, and foremost specialist in the treatment of dangerous viruses at Imperial College, London would appear to share my concerns: I quote:
“There are even hints that antibody to coronaviruses in general may enhance disease,” Openshaw said. “If the virus does not make you sick, the vaccine might make you sicker.”
“All of this makes us a little bit worried,” he added. “Even when we do have a vaccine that induces immune responses, we don’t know yet that it is necessarily going to be protective. We hope so, but it’s not as obvious as it would be if this was ordinary influenza. These are very deep and complex questions that can’t be answered quickly and simply.”
Clearly he is admitting this is a risky business, with no certainty that a vaccine is the answer, especially with ever resourceful organisms like the coronavirus, capable of mutating at the drop of a hat. So, how do we contain it? Sweden already had the answer, when I came across a copy of the Lancet in my doctor’s office some ten years later espousing my earlier theory in practice on the AIDS virus with considerable early promise before market forces sadly, put an end to their programme.
My thinking is very simple. We need to induce a situation whereby the virus is allowed to die out naturally but rendered harmless in the process.
My earlier thesis (pre Moderna)? Create a sort of very low level elecromagnetic environment (to preserve healthy cells) for whole body immersion to encompass the brief life cycle of the virus, without inducing it in time to mutate in its own effort to survive, and thereby rendering subsequent costly and time-consuming vaccines utterly useless, again evident in my letter below from Dr Lau.
The biochemists must get their heads round the notion that if we continue to use the human body to wage war against our guests, the guests will inevitably trash the party. I’m not saying I have the answers, but I think the direction is right. I acknowledge too the dangers of radiation and the dangers of inducing cancerous cells, but Boyle’s Law is worth remembering for all that. If the field of operation is too limited or dangerous, then the idea perhaps can be extended to an entire quarantine room, so that the virus can complete its life cycle unhindered and unthreatened, whilst the human in temporary isolation can breathe in the fresh air and the sunshine anew after his temporary visitor has left the party.
People should now be questioning the wisdom (and possible danger) of a costly vaccine programme likely to take months or even years, and what do we do if the present apparent stability of this COVID-19 becomes unstable and mutates into something even more challenging, thereby nullifying the prospect of an effective deterrent, which might even be counter-productive as Professor Openshaw lists as a distinct possibility? Clearly in future, not only must we do our utmost to prevent these dangerous viruses mutating and wreaking their destruction, (allowed and, indeed, encouraged to grow, like Samson’s hair), courtesy of things like vaccines, but there needs to be a unified response from the World Health Organisation, to ensure we are all rowing in the same direction, namely to resign ourselves to living with this thing for the foreseeable future, and like the green monkey of Congo allow the virus to feel comfortable and unthreatened, yet in a controlled environment which both protects the patient and deprives Sansom of his hair in the process, rendering it powerless but unaware that it is, a delicious and subtle sleight of hand reminiscent of one of father’s old conjuring tricks for the Magic Circle! Accommodation and harmony, beautiful harmony, with our natural world, is key now to man’s very survival on planet Earth, I maintain. The man (not the myth) whose name was Jesus, was, for all his critics, a deeply insightful teacher, when he said, ‘love your enemies’. I concur!
Enough! Believe it or not, we are far more intelligent than we give ourselves credit. In fact we are all walking history books, if we did but realise it. Plato summed it up beautifully when he said the business of knowledge is all about turning the mind’s eye to the light, but most of us eke out our brief existence like the ostrich with its head buried in the sand. “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face” I Corinthians 13 v. 12. In the USA, doctors are advising would-be cases to take medical advice in treating cases from home, since the medical facilities in the hospitals are unable to cope. Please find below the recorded advice I promised to help minimise these regrettable scenarios. My only qualification lies with point 3. I am not convinced that animals are exempt as carriers, and if I were the birdman of Acatraz, I’d be handling that bird with kid gloves, or even better surgical ones, neither am I convinced that non-surgical masks are exempt from harbouring the virus too, and, in mitigation, support Boris Johnson’s solution of greater distancing! Clearly we must all adjust to a new world, but science and enterprise with international goodwill and cooperation, in my view, can rise to it.
Monday, 11th May 2020 (adjusted and abridged)