On Thursday and Friday morning Governor’s Gavin Newsom from California and Andrew Cuomo from New York announced complete lockdown on state residents due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Saturday morning 3-21-2020:
** There are 19,775 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US.
** There are 276 deaths blamed on the coronavirus.
** The current mortality rate from confirmed cases is 1.3%
** There are no official numbers that include the number of citizens who had the virus but were not sick enough to seek medical attention.
** There are an estimated 22,000 flu deaths and 36 million cases in the US each year.
On Thursday President Trump announced the breaking news that the US will immediately begin using chloroquine to treat coronavirus.
President Trump called the news of chloroquine’s effectiveness in treating the COVID-19 virus a “game changer.”
This came after three international studies found chloroquine along with Azithromycin was successful in treating the coronavirus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci immediately rebuked President Trump on his claims on chloroquine saying, “There is no magic drug out there right now.”
Dr. Fauci questioned chloroquine as an effective treatment for the coronavirus.
But this should not have surprised the the coronavirus experts.
Back in 2005 the National Institutes of Health published on choloquine’s effectiveness in treating coronavirus in primates!
This was a study on primates that should have been discussed earlier after the virus was identified in China.
Obviously, it was an important study on likely coronavirus treatments.
From the article.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a newly discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV). No effective prophylactic or post-exposure therapy is currently available.
We report, however, that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage. In addition to the well-known functions of chloroquine such as elevations of endosomal pH, the drug appears to interfere with terminal glycosylation of the cellular receptor, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2. This may negatively influence the virus-receptor binding and abrogate the infection, with further ramifications by the elevation of vesicular pH, resulting in the inhibition of infection and spread of SARS CoV at clinically admissible concentrations.
Chloroquine is effective in preventing the spread of SARS CoV in cell culture. Favorable inhibition of virus spread was observed when the cells were either treated with chloroquine prior to or after SARS CoV infection. In addition, the indirect immunofluorescence assay described herein represents a simple and rapid method for screening SARS-CoV antiviral compounds.
The study even includes a picture.
Chloroquine has been known to treat coronavirus, at least in primates, since 2005.
Why did it take months for US doctors and international scientists to figure this out?
This is a shocking development.
This post was updated to show chloroquine’s effects on primates.
The drug has been know to treat coronavirus for years.