One year into the COVID19 epidemic many useful strategies are still being overlooked. Why?

I've been writing about this for some time, but can't give up.I would guess that most (more than half) of those who have died and even more of those who have been seriously injured lives could have been saved and/or their illness far less severe because of these inexpensive strategies, many of which anybody can pursue.

I was in shock this morning to see how many citations there are now on PMC (these are all full text papers) for a study that was done on MERS and resveratrol several years ago. (It is notable that the idea that resveratrol, a stilbenoid "pytoalexin" (evolved by plants to protect them from a wide spectrum of stressors) .

Resveratrol is best known as the cause of a marked reduction of cardiovascular disease enjoyed by people who drink red wine regularly.  Resveratrol is widely available and it may be an effective prophylactic against COVID-19, but what is incredible is that we still don not know!

This is despite a huge body of research indicating to many that it would help, against COVID19 for a multiplicity of reasons. It and other stilbenoids have been repeatedly identified by numerous drug screening protocols as being potential lead compounds against SARS-CoV2, and the absence of a further body of research to tie it all together is inexplicable.One can only hope and pray that things will be different under the new Administration.

This  is but one of a body of promising therapies. There seems to be no downside to a combination approach and the upside would be potentially large improvements in general health and lower healthcare costs across the entire population.

generally the benefits of pursuing a diet that extends healthy lifespan is longer functional health. Since its becoming economically difficult for most of the population to afford US healthcare, its really the only sensible thing for many people to do.

When I lived in another part of the country there was a large and active community of people researching life extension tech. Where I live now, although its much better now than it used to be, I often joke that I feel a bit like I came from another planet.

People don't really get how important these things can be.

In the case of SIRT modulators (resveratrol is the best known one) A body of simple molecules represent a viable way to fight off numerous pathogens that avoids the vaccines "Original Antigenic Sin" (a form of drug resistance problem, but one that can bit by making subsequent reinfections with related pathogens worse. So there are significant risks of vaccines being not just ineffective, if they do not target the right set of the viral structure to train the body to recognize).

We may be approaching this from the wrong direction entirely.

I( hope that as a society we can realize we are only shooting ourselves in the foot.

By politicising health both US parties are showing how irresponsible they have become in the face of modern challenges.

I've written about this before here too many times to mention..

MERS is a SARS- causing beta-coronavirus, closely related to SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Its quite a bit more lethal than COVID-19.

Resveratrol's use against COVID-19 is suggested strongly by its activity against MERS, one of its closesnt relatives.

That approach to MERS, interestingly, was first proposed, of all places in a national Science Fair competition several years ago by a highschool student.,  Jennifer Zhang of Little Rock Arkansas,  She won a prize for her hypothetical proposal, the efficacy of which it seems she demonstrated with another non-lethal coronavirus.

A bit later, the BMC article wa published, verifying her hypothesis.

Its just mind blowing that here we are one year into this epidemic and we still dont know if this widely available, inexpensive substance can be used to prevent COVID-19 infection with any certainly, despite a very high likelihood that it can.

This is by no means the only example of a commonly available healthy substance that likely reduces COVID-19 mortality.

Its worth mentioning that the Traditional Chinese Medicine HuZhang, Japanese Knotweed (yes, the invasive plant) is being widely used in China now for treating COVID-19.

This is not a joke. We're really being that stupid.

We're ignoring the kinds of logic that brought us virtually all the world's life-saving drugs for some reason.

What the hell is going on?

Are we mentally ill in Washington and the other centers of Western decisionmaking?

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