This week I received a text from a colleague from the ICU, “Today I buried a 43 year old and 50 year old from Covid both fully vaccinated.” The same day I received a text from a nurse in another ICU, “Admitted a 50 year old female severe heart attack 3 hours after booster. On vent.”
Currently, I have seen two patients with sudden inflammation around the heart, both vaccinated. This I have never seen in all my years of practice. It is rare. My office takes care of an average of 3 Covid patients a day, 70% unvaccinated 30% vaccinated. Mostly not my patients, but family and friends. They are told there is nothing that can be done by their PCP’s. They call me. They get better. This is what is happening in a small concierge medical practice. This is what you don’t hear.
We have been living “under fire” in an emergency situation. People do what they have to do to survive. Now coming into the trough of the 3rd Covid outbreak we need to reassess the situation and get ready for the next variant.
I am sharing with you a lecture given by Peter McCullough, MD, MPH to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) on Oct 2, 2021. Dr McCullough is a cardiologist, epidemiologist, and ex- vice-chief of Internal Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center. He has over 856 publications. He was let go from Baylor University and is currently being sued by the University for spreading Covid-19 misinformation.*. You decide whether what he presents is ‘misinformation’ or something of which we need to be aware to help us defeat a virus that has not been defeated yet, or to help us strategize for the next pandemic.
To me this lecture summarizes the entire pandemic. Research data is presented to support opinions in a concise and clear way. As we move forward, we need to learn from what has happened around the world and base our future strategies against Covid with this knowledge. We need to continually re-evaluate treatments and strategies every day. We all need to be vigilant in this battle. Viruses mutate and change constantly. This is the long-term battle that needs to be fought now.
From the beginning, Covid needed to be treated early in order to defeat it. This is one thing the majority of doctors are not doing. Even if you feel it is ‘just a cold’, start treatment early whether you are vaccinated or not. Please see my blog on early treatment, Delta Variant Highly Contagious.
We cannot turn our backs on this virus. We cannot think one strategy will work. We must treat people immediately. No one should die because of this virus. We have learned a lot in the past 2 years. We are fortunate to have readily available vaccines and treatments. Please take care of yourselves in a way that is best for you. Please call if you think you have been exposed or have Covid.