7 August, 2020

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“Better To Get Corona”: BCG Vaccine As Covid-19 “Game-Changer” But WHO Promotes Curfew & Surveillance

By Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake

Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake

“Better to get Corona than see our harvest rot because of curfew and no buyers” said a desperate farmer at the shuttered Dambulla wholesale market recently in an interview with News First. 

His statement made clear that there is no tradeoff between ‘lives’ and ‘livelihoods’, and you cannot have one without the other. A balance must be found to protect and sustain life, particularly, in developing countries where large segments of the population live under the poverty line on daily wages. Farmer suicide rates in South Asia tend to be high due to poverty and debt even in good years. Compromised immune systems due to poverty and lack of food would be unable to fight any virus. Countries like India and Sri Lanka that are in economically crippling country-wide lockdowns may be headed for double jeopardy. 

The Dambulla vegetable wholesale market was shut down due to an indiscriminate country-wider, month-long curfew ordered by the Government of Sri Lanka on the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), and Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA). The Sri Lankan government’s Covid 19 response has been highly militarized and the task force led by a General and a government allied Medical Officers trade union (GMOA), while the right to information and debate on policy has been severely limited. 

However, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had telephoned the Sri Lankan President personally to thank him for “mobilizing the whole-of-government in the fight against the corona virus. Together!”.  Would the WHO and its director general who called to congratulate the strongman President of Sri Lanka for imposing an economically destructive month long curfew with military enforcement also count the deaths of farmers, wage-less day laborers and migrant workers who make up the greater part of the labour force as a result of the economic meltdown?  In India millions of migrant labourers were forced to walked hundreds of miles to get home after the imposition of brutal lock downs with just 4 hours advanced notice.

Good news: The humble BCG Vaccine

Numerous studies in many parts of the world have linked the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin), vaccination, widely used in the developing world with fewer Coronavirus cases. This is good news for countries that have universal BCG vaccination in tropical Asia and Africa. Many of these countries cannot afford extended lock downs and curfews since the ensuring economic and supply chain disruption, loss of livelihoods, and poverty could kill more people in the long term.

Originally developed against Tuberculosis (TB), the hundred year-old BCG vaccine offers broad protection and sharply reduce the incidence of respiratory infections, while also preventing infant deaths from a variety of causes. According to Prof Luke O’Neill, who has specialised in study of the vaccine at Trinity College Dublin a combination of reduced morbidity and mortality could make the 100 year-old BCG vaccination a game-changer in the fight against coronavirus. While there is no specific cure for Covid-19, the BCG maybe a flak-jacket against the Coronavirus. Experts note that the vaccine seems to “train” the immune system to recognize and respond to a variety of infections, including viruses, bacteria and parasites. The vaccine is now being tested in several countries including Australia, Germany and Netherlands against the new Corona virus – to protect frontline health workers.  

In short, universal BCG vaccination has already flattened the Covid 19 curve in many tropical developing countries like Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan where mortality rates are in single digits, double digits or hundreds; certainly not in the thousands, unlike in the US and EU, and other temperate regions where the Coronavirus seems more virulent. But this information is being suppressed.

Variation in Covid 19 infection across countries has been attributed to differences in climate, cultural norms, mitigation efforts, and health infrastructure. Research indicating that countries whose populations have high levels of BCG vaccination had significantly fewer Covid-19 deaths is highly significant. Countries that do not have universal policies of BCG vaccination, such as Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States, have been more severely affected compared to countries with universal and long-standing BCG policies,” noted Gonzalo Otazu, assistant professor of biomedical sciences at NYIT. 

Countries that use BCG vaccination programs had a fatality rate of four per million people, while countries without BCG vaccination programs were 10 times more likely to die at a rate of 40 deaths per million people. The chart below shows stark differences in mortality ratios between countries with and without BCG vaccination programs.

While he stressed the research was largely a statistical one and so came with caveats, there was a case for authorities moving to provide a BCG vaccine top-up for everybody age over 70. “This is feasible and should be considered.

BCG in South Asia

In South Asia the BCG vaccine has been universally used for decades. India and Pakistan started using BCG in 1948 and in Sri Lanka BCG vaccination became mandatory in 1949 according to the Ministry of Health epidemiology unit. Compared to case numbers in Europe and North America, and relative to population size South Asian countries have registered low numbers and Covid 19 case load.

Three weeks after a pandemic was declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) it is increasingly clear from the Covid 19 data that Asian countries which practice universal BCG vaccination are relatively better positioned to fight Coronavirus — despite the crippling curfews that saw millions of migrant labourers walking hundreds of miles and dying in the process to get home. 

In addition to BCG hot and humid tropical weather may be another factor inhibiting the spread and strength of the Covid 19 flu in South Asia. Countries that have a late start of universal BCG policy (Iran, 1984) had high mortality, consistent with the idea that BCG protects the vaccinated elderly population.

Pakistan a country with 200 million people did not impose the crippling curfews that neighbouring India and Sri Lanka did, had 4,072 patients with 59 deaths on April 10. Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, sensibly pointed out that more people would die of poverty caused by lockdowns in the long run. In Sri Lanka where a brutal curfew was imposed there have been under 210 Covid 19 cases with 7 deaths, and India a country with more than a billion people has reported 9,000 cases over 3 weeks. 

There have been only 12,434 confirmed cases in all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, a miniscule number compared to China, Italy, Spain and the United States, and about the same as Canada, a country of just 37.6 million compared to Southeast Asia’s 622 million.  While lack of testing may be cited as a reason for the relatively low numbers, by now – three weeks after Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic and months after the epidemic in neighbouring China – the region surely should have expected an explosion of cases similar to Italy and Spain. Clearly in tropical Asian countries, including those with poor health systems the epidemic is far more limited. 

This fact raises questions about the Indian and Sri Lankan government’s imposition of economically devastating and socially crippling curfews at the urging of the WHO and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funded Johns Hopkins University (JHU) which is collecting Covid 19 data for a global database, while providing analysis seeming based on simulated pandemic from the mysterious EVENT 201 which was staged last October with the WHO and Gates Foundation and others modeling a fictional novel coronavirus.

We know little about the virus but shut down your economies: Questions on WHO’s data and policy recommendations

Throughout the so-called Covid 19 pandemic WHO has adopted the line: We know very little about the virus, but shut down your economies. While there is no talk about an Exit Strategy from economically damaging curfews through herd immunity in countries with universal BCG vaccination where mortality and morbidity due to Covid 19 is low, there is much talk of a “gold standard” Covid 19 vaccine that is yet to be innovated. 

WHO is funded by States and big pharmaceutical companies that are rushing to develop Covid 19 vaccines and make big profits, and claims contrary to a great deal of scientific evidence that BCG vaccine significantly reduces Covid 19 mortality and morbidity rates on its website that :

“there is no evidence that the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine (BCG) protects people against infection with COVID-19 virus. Two clinical trials addressing this question are underway, and WHO will evaluate the evidence when it is available. In the absence of evidence, WHO does not recommend BCG vaccination for the prevention of COVID-19.. 

The WHO’s pandemic narrative and call for lockdowns to fight Covid 19 that have caused massive livelihood loss and economic meltdowns in countries like India and Sri Lanka (with the GMOA in tow), have not been modulated by the evidence that the BCG vaccine may act as barrier to the disease. In short, while the BCG may be a ‘game changer’ in the long run, also in assisting development of herd immunity which would mitigate need for harsh curfews imposed in developing countries that cannot afford shutdowns, the WHO denies this. Heaven forbid that a BCG booster may be the solution in front of us! 

There are parallels in the WHO’s denial that the anti-Malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine could be beneficial for Covid 19 patients, while pushing for development of new drugs and vaccines that would bring big profits to drug companies, although researchers in France and China had reported success with the drug.

Increasingly, questions are being raised about the WHO’s Covide 19 data, models and analysis. Dr. Jay Battacharya, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University has noted that “the claim that coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines is highly questionable”. In an interview at the Hoover Institute he observed: “there’s little evidence to confirm that premise—and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high.” Fear of Covid-19 is based on its high estimated case fatality rate—2% to 4% of people with confirmed Covid-19, according to the World Health Organization and others.

Drs. Eran Bendavid and Jay Bhattacharya argue that Covid-19 isn’t as deadly as suggested and suggest that the “extraordinary measures” being pushed by the WHO may not be justified. Their argument is that the total number of coronavirus infections is much higher than we think, which mathematically means the mortality rate is much lower.

Exaggeration using war metaphors and nationalism has characterized the WHO’s Covid pandemic narrative. However, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine now predicts that fewer people will die and fewer hospital beds will be needed compared to estimates from last week. As of Wednesday, the model predicted the virus will kill 60,000 people in the United States over the next four months – 33,000 fewer deaths than estimated last Thursday.

As, Professor Nyasa Mboti of Free Town University wrote: “by its own admission, WHO seems to have declared Covid19 a pandemic IN ORDER to avert a Covid19 pandemic. This seems illogical. You cannot be in a pandemic that has not YET started, and you can only avert a crisis that has NOT YET taken place. ..The current global coronavirus crisis is proof that global agencies such as the WHO can actually cause irreparable harm. Perhaps their global roles need to be called into serious question.“[1]

US President Trump’s withdrawal of funds from the WHO siting China bias seems to distract from a far more substantive bias and related data and policy rigging, in the interest of some big pharmaceutical companies at WHO, that increasingly represents a danger to the health and well-being, lives and livelihoods of people living under the poverty line everywhere. Big drug companies stand to make a windfall from a Covid 19 vaccine. This bias is also shared among many local and national medical associations like the GMOA whose members are funded by big drug companies.

In India the WHO this week was compelled to correct an exaggeration in a report that claimed that Covid 19 had reached level 3 – community spread severity. In Sri Lanka several doctors have challenged Covid 19 case numbers and suggested that there is inflation and data manipulation.

We know very little about the virus, but shut down your economy – WHO

WHO’s Covid 19 global media narrative (Al Jazeera CNN, BBC etc), has concentrated on hyping up fear psychosis and groupthink, based on data from Europe and North America, while suppressing mitigating information in the global south. This has resulted in economically devastating policy making in India and Sri Lanka and a devil’s bargain – an attempt to trade off lives with livelihoods.

The flood of Covid 19 data and information in the media, masks lack of adequate data disaggregation, comparative analysis, and modelling by geographic region and country, as well as, an ahistorical approach. After all, seasonal flu is known to infect over a billion people and kill as many as 750,000 people annually according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

The crippling curfews and destruction of the real economy in India and Sri Lanka reveals serious short comings in national and South Asian (SAARC) regional data analysis, planning and policy making, by the Modi and Rajapaksa governments, and allied medical associations like the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), as well as, the failure to access regional expertise. 

Claims that curfews and lockdowns cannot end until a vaccine is found, reflect bias toward big pharmaceutical companies that also fund research and the WHO, which stand to profit from a new “gold standard” Covonavirrus vaccine. 

Surveillance, fear and groupthink

Although the great majority of people who get Corona virus will have mild symptom and survive well, with the creation of a Coronavirus global fear psychosis, economies have been shut down, livelihoods destroyed, and democratic rights compromised as new systems of surveillance and governance are being put in place purportedly for patient network tracking. 

In Sri Lanka a brand new USAID funded hospital exclusively for Covid 19 patients has been constructed with promised funding of USD 1.3 million at the former Voice of America compound in Chilaw, equipped with robots, and surveillance technologies including drones “to activate case finding and event-based surveillance, contact tracing etc. with technical experts for response and preparedness. Additionally, the United States will help prepare Sri Lankan laboratory systems for large-scale COVID-19 testing. The United States is coordinating with the Government of Sri Lanka, and other stakeholders to identify additional priority areas for assistance to the tune of USD 1.3 million.”

The Covid-19 outbreak has revealed how pervasive surveillance mechanisms developed in the last decade or so have become[2]. In a strategically located country like Sri Lanka with an under-developed tech sector, foreign countries may access private data platforms via such surveillance platforms is a concern. The Covid 19 narrative may serve a range of interests — from big Pharma to geopolitical actors. enabling the setting up of surveillance systems while people are in lockdowns that also erode democratic rights including the right to information as well as privacy. Internet trading companies – for Amazon to Ali Baba – would also benefit from the lock downs at expense of small groceries and neighbourhood shops.

The Corona lock down has been used to encourage people to go cashless and use internet and card based transactions that may be easily tracked. Data platforms consolidated into big data may be mined at election times to fix outcomes as did Cambridge Analytica. Tech companies are poised to benefit from the Covid 19 narrative and gain in legitimacy, with the normalization of their existence and operations based on the gathering and monetization of people’s data.

In apparent effort to contain the spread of the virus, governments all over the world have adopted various surveillance and monitoring technologies, from South Korea to China, Israel and Singapore, as well as in Italy, Germany and Austria. The Covid 19 pandemic narrative may serve to shut down economies and societies while setting up surveillance systems under the guise of defending and protecting them.

 As Edward Snowden and number of other analysts have warned, we need to closely watch whether or not the surveillance measures deployed to deal with the virus will be kept in place by public authorities after the pandemic is over. Meanwhile, Bill Gates of the Gates Foundation, now the second biggest funder of WHO after President Trump withdrew US funding from the WHO citing China bias and policy failures, has suggested that everyone would need to be vaccinated against Covid 19 flu and those who are vaccinated would get Covid 19 vaccination certificates that they are not a danger to society and hence able travel freely. A Covid 19 vaccination passport may be the new normal in the post pandemic world?

Post Script: 4 field Anthropology and other tools to evaluate and interpret data

Finally, while much may be said about the issue of expertise and the rule of experts in what appears to be the abdication of common sense in the Covid 19 panicdemic response, some people have questioned my qualifications to analyze and interpret the data, and the suggestion that herd immunity may be achieved by letting the flu run its course in the absence of a vaccine anytime soon as be an Exit strategy from economically destructive curfews that have destroyed the livelihoods.  

While not a medical doctor I am a trained anthropologist, and competent I hope to analyze and interpret the relevant data. Anthropology is the scientific study of humans and human kind, including societies and cultures, past and present. Biological or physical anthropology focusses on the biological development of humans, while social anthropology studies patterns of behavior, culture, norms and values. Linguistic Anthropology focusses on how language influences social life. Archeology focusses on investigation of physical evidence of human kind and is considered a branch of anthropology in the United States and Canada, while in Europe, it is viewed as a discipline in its own. In the United States where I read for and earned a Bachelors and Masters degrees, as well as, a Doctorate in the field of Anthropology, majors in the subject were required to take courses in all four fields in order to graduate.  To recap, the 4 fields of Anthropology are: 1) Biological Anthropology 2) Cultural Anthropology 3) Linguistic Anthropology, 4) Archaeology.  

Thanks to a broad American liberal arts education at Brandeis University, the only non-sectarian Jewish liberal arts university in the US, I was able to take courses in the Biology Department on the Human Genome and Recombinant DNA, as well as, courses in other departments on population, demography and development including of mortality and morbidity data analysis and methodology. Study of Anthropology in the American Liberal Arts tradition, in short, provides a broad base for both lateral thinking and critical thinking. I am thankful to have acquired these skills at a university whose motto was “truth, even unto its innermost parts”.

[1] Did the World Health Organisation lie about Covid-19 being a pandemic?

https://www.researchgate.net/post/Did_the_World_Health_Organisation_lie_about_Covid-19_being_a_pandemic

[2] Ivan Monokha “How data-mining companies are set to gain from the Covid-19 pandemic” Open Democracy

 https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/how-data-mining-companies-are-set-gain-covid-19-pandemic/

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    Any vaccination programme is for the future.
    There is an immediate issue of curbing the virus from spreading.
    Whether a curfew was necessary is one matter but the case for preventive action is strong. We were failed b y the government.
    Had the government been truly alert to the risk from the outset, an Italian tourist could not have passed it to a local. If the Italian tourist had been detected to have been infected, other suspect cases would have been quarantined.
    This country being an island with only one entry point, a curfew was avoidable.
    How the curfew has been handled is a matter about which there is much room to complain.

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      You are the only, one from Australia, saying govt failed us. Which govt you are talking about ? We had thousands of Chinese ourists. We had so many workers coming from ITALY. Yet six people (one is said to be not Covid-19) that also at least two with some on goling problems, died. How did the govt fail. Now we see neither Chinese nor Italian workers spred it. Many muslim villages had to be qurantined. They say muslim do not listen to majot media. Their source of news is the Mosque. What is wrong wit you ?

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        Writer who is a non-medical person says “BCG vaccine offers broad protection and sharply reduce the incidence of respiratory infections, which also preventing infant deaths from a variety of causes”. Could she let us know what broad protection it offers, when it had reduced the incidence of respiratory infections, and which are the causes of deaths in infants which it had prevented. BCG offers protection only to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis and to some extent against other Mycobacteria like Leprae (which cause Leprosy) and against nothing else. It is very effective against TB meningitis and less effective against TB of gut. It is also less effective against avian TB which is found in Africa among HIV infected people. By preventing TB bacteria attacking body, it can prevent only respiratory tract infection due to TB and cannot prevent respiratory tract infection caused by other bacilli and cocci. In infants, it can only prevent deaths from TB meningitis and nothing else. It is better for the writer to check these with medical people before coming out with such wrong statements.

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          Yeah, the WHO emperor Tedros has no cloths!
          So too the Sri Lankan US citizen emperor who dreams of a socialist-nationalist military dictatorship with American surveillance systems..
          Covid 19 scam is just another US Deepstate attack on China and Asian economies to Make America Great Again, but as usual back fired badly because of the humble BCG vaccine.
          The best laid plans of mice and men!
          CIA predicted and worked on the Covid 19 Pandemic at EVENT 201 last October also to trip up Trump and his re-election because they prefer drone king Obama and H. Clinton who said: ‘We came, we saw, he died” speaking of the US destruction of a country called Libya..

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        When did you pack me off to Australia?
        You sure are desperate!
        What I say has to be judged based on its validity.
        We had a COVID-19 patient here from China who was treated and returned to China.
        That was a matter to be celebrate, but also to be alert.
        How did the infected Italian tourists escape scrutiny? How did two Sri Lankans from Italy escape checking?
        The lapse about other returnees was subsequent.
        Who is responsible?
        Is it not recklessness on the part of the government?
        You seem to get a kick out of blaming the Muslims. What is wrong with you?

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        Racist media makes a massive show of the quarantied Muslims and gleefully ignores that of others. This has been highlighted by many Muslim leaders as well.
        I would like to delve in the data and see how many Muslim villages are quarantied as a percentage of all. How can you say that there were no contagion caused by the merry making Italian returnees?? I personally know a huge group of people who were quarantied because of their contact with the tour guide who tested positive.
        Racist media want it’s audience to think in a certain way.

        And while you’re at it the world is holding China responsible for the cover up of the virus and allowing it to spread resulting in the massive destruction to life, livelihoods and economies. What religion are they?

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    Darini, just a few days ago you wrote an article where you summed up all major events (except Tsunami according to one comment) throughout world to USA and accused them of orchestrating it. Today you are stepping into an unknown territory and yet end up accusing WHO, Big Pharma and USA. Worst is telling innocent people to forget about precautions and expose them self to the infected, just because they got BCG. Let me ask you this when was the last time you witnessed an illness, where millions infected, many dead, hospitals are overwhelmed, ICU have run out of bed all in such short time and still we are perplexed with the end point. Are you aware of any seasonal flu/influenza causing this kind of impact. Yes influenza not only kills many overtime but causes lasting economic and health damages to those countries , hence we have yearly vaccines to cut down the numbers. Just because HIV did not cause this kind of impact does it make it less virulent to you ???. BCG and Chloroquine have existed before you and me were born and viral infections too have existed for that long. Does it ring a bell ???? If you say they are the answers to Covid then you are no different from Trump. Probably he saw your interview in Fox and Family and repeated it to nation. Why do we give BCG and other anti viral vaccines like measles, mumps,cytomegalo,pox, rota) to infants and children if BCG alone can do the job ???? Today Chloroquine is not just used against malaria but widely prescribed by Rheumatologist,allergy and immunology specialist and for various auto immune conditions and yet it did not protect those from Covid. For an Anthropologist 10,000 may be a mere number but for us physicians its lives lost.

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      Dr Chiv,

      I fully agree with you. It is very irresponsible for the writer to influence people to get on with their livelihoods while risking their lives.

      USA will be open for business soon (May 1st for most states) and watch what that is going to the number of infections. I am glad I live in a much decent place called Canada. As for us, our PM has said restrictions in Canada won’t be lifted anytime soon.

      People like DRS is no better than the Spring breakers, Friday mosque attendees and curfew violators.

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        There may be some coincidence between immunity against TB obtained via BCG vaccine and immunity against Covid 19, but it is not an absolute truth as until today 40 Tamils living in France, UK and Canada who would have had BCG vaccination have died due to Covid 19. Also Malaria immunity may or may not protect one against it. Regarding Hydroxy-Chloroquine, I wish to bring this to the notice of the readers. A doctor friend of mine in UK contracted Covid 19 at work was without any symptom, and during this period passed it to his wife who became seriously ill after five days. Since she did not have respiratory problem, checked by X-ray and Oxygen level, hospital advised her to be taken home. After 12 days her condition became worse with swinging temperature and delirium and in desperation the doctor after consulting two doctor friends one in Colombo and the other in London, started a course of hydroxy-chloroquine 200 mg twice a day, and after the third dose the fever came down to normal and she became alert and recovered slowly to normalcy. This shows that hydroxy-chloroquine has some effect on Covid 19, though not proved conclusively other than one trial each in Holland, France and Canada. At present the only treatment based on scientific logic is, by giving plasma from a person recovered from Covid 19 which will contain antibodies against it, to the patient with Covid 19 in order to produce passive immunity, just like giving antitoxin serum for patients with Tetanus and Diphtheria. All others are speculative.

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      Ozzy: CIA shrill,
      Check out the Johns Hopkins University and CIA pandemic exercise code named Dark Winter
      https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-pandemic-war-games-simulation-dark-winter/

      and EVENT 201 with WHO, Gates Foundation and JHU last October that simulated a novel Coronavirus pandemic.

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    Darini, did Boris attend Brandeis, hope not. A sincere request next time you write an essay please give us more reference. For an Anthropologist to make such sweeping comments , at least you should provide readers with enough reference. As physician when we see a patient we give a working or primary diagnosis and as many secondary diagnosis, which are conditions present with similar clinical picture. That shows the clinician is through and thinking of all possibilities(for patient it will look like physician is confused). We always start working from the top (highest possibility) to down because if we start from down (nothing wrong in doing so ) we may still reach the top but the patient may not be alive to see the success. When quoting reference please give widely read/known, reliable sources. When you look for infor, do you refer to well researched study (in thousands of samples, multi center, double blind) with supporting evidences or that one study done with 10 samples, which has no other study to compare or clear evidence to support.This is like you picking three others of your ilk and quoting them as reference. One more thing we had SARS, MERS, Swine flu,Ebola,Nipah –and many other Viral outbreaks in past, How come BCG and Chloroquine were not much discussed then like now. I admit there are structural variations but yet, even in so called Asian population such co-relation did not exist. What about Influenza which is annual and is very close to Covid family and yet I did not here much about the co relation between Influenza virus and BCG or Chloroquine. Does it ring a bell ????

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      C
      I agree with your criticism.
      BCG & Chloroquine were designed for bacterial infections and viral infections will probably need other ways to immunize and treat. If something works it is good, but we need more evidence to prescribe anything as a panacea
      A powerful pharma mafia exists and data mining occurs. But one needs to propose sensible alternatives that help to overcome such schemes rather than reject things outright.

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        “BCG & Chloroquine were designed for bacterial and viral infections”. Till now I was under the impression that Chloroquine was used in the treatment of Malaria and as a disease modifying agent in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Can you let us know against which bacterial infections and viral infections it was designed for. As for BCG it is used to give active immunity against Mycobacterium Tuberculosis only, but could give some protection against other Mycobacteriae like Mycobaterium Leprae. Please do not display your ignorance.

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          GS
          Read the sentence fully:
          “BCG & Chloroquine were designed for bacterial infections and viral infections will probably need other ways to immunize and treat.”
          With your isolation of the first half, the second “…will probably need other ways to immunize and treat.” has no subject and makes no sense.
          *
          A comma after bacterial infections would have helped you, but the way you interpret the sentence suggests that you need some language lessons.
          I suppose they did not teach much grammar where you schooled.

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            GS
            You seem to imagine that you have a monopoly over intelligence.
            It is a worrying condition but may not be within your expertise(?).
            Consult a competent colleague.

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              A comma after bacterial infection will not alter your stupid statement. I had good language lessons in a top school in Colombo since lower kindergarten which enabled me to obtain distinction in English at O’level nearly 60 years ago. It is you who who not only need to brush up your language as well as IQ level to be able to contribute any meaningful stuff in these columns.

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                Ask somebody who KNOWS the language to analyse the sentence.
                In the context of your inability to interpret a sentence correctly, your distinction at O-level may need re-scruitiny. (You are adequate proof that reputedly top schools need not produce intelligent people.)
                The comma will not alter the sense of my sentence, and that is why I did not use it.
                However, a comma will help a person like you who is likely to get confused by a sentence with more than ten words.
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                The way you behave, advice from a person competent in you-know-which field of medicine is more urgent than advise from a good teacher of English.

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                  GS
                  I hope that you would have by now found a good medical practitioner and a person who knows language.

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    thanks Darini for educating the general public with true story behind Covid 19..
    Truly WHO seems influenced by Multi National Pharmaceutical companies to prevent propagating easily available BCG vaccine.

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      And who is DRS to tell us all this? A Havard Med School Magna cum laude graduate?

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        Rtd.
        You offload unlimited rubbish on these pages but object to another’s point of view.
        If she is wrong say where she is wrong. Even a Harvard medic can get things wrong.

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          SJ the self-proclaimed medical expert who said BCG and Chloroquine were designed for bacterial infections and then tried to cover it up as a grammatical mistake.

          I have already said why DRS’s is wrong in her opinion. Learn to read.

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            Retd.
            You have got the sentence correctly analysed unlike the ‘clever’ doctor.
            BCG and Chloroquine were IN FACT designed for bacterial infections.
            The sentence was correct and nobody suggested a grammatical mistake.
            *
            Few take you seriously.
            I do respond at times to you when you are absolutely ridiculous.

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              Shamal, don’t waste your time with this fellow who is displaying his ignorance. Despite explaining to him, he still thinks malaria parasite is a bacteria and not a protozoa, and BCG is not only against TB but against several bacterial infections. This is delusional idea which needs a psychiatrist help to get rid of.

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                Retd.
                You now have a most suitable friend who is fast approaching illiteracy.
                How does he rate your brains?

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      Darini dhostora seems to have a fan base among those with mental limitations.

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        Sonali,
        Then why are you not her fan?
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        Please stop insulting people for their points of view and preferences.

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    We have practically ended the Covid-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka in one month. I hope to hear the plan to resume economic activities tomorrow. I hope that the curfew in so called high risk districts will be lifted from 6.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. next week, to alleviate the economic hardships faced by the daily paid persons who form a significant proportion of our population.

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    You have only data point to show. Besides, My belief is that both India and Sri lanka, probably even Pakisthan which is a poor country which can not afford MEAT often and alo they also behave like Hindus by not eating or cutting down meat. When one do not have animal specfic amino acid skeletons in your blood, for some reason, may be animal hormones, CORONA infection seems difficult.
    Covid-19 is considered as SARS-2. In that case both the MERS AND SARS vaccines should give some results even though it would not be perfect. Eventually, Covid-19 vaccine would give the best desired results.
    I think Sri lanka should get those vaccines and should try on asymptomatic carriers and see the disease on set, if ant if it happens. There should be a good organized trial.
    Chloroqwuinine and all others are just business I think. Here where i am living authorities said, they would begin experimental trials. Probably, that is fior a question asked by a journalist. But, whether it actually happened, i do not read.

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    SO-CALLED conspiracy theorists say there was a big plan by the (remember JOHN HOPKins is supported by USAID which is CIA) well known USA charities, pharma companies and has established a specific company for a global vaccination project.
    I suspect, a former Sri lankan President proposed a big fund or a pot collection to support COVID-19. I think she intended this global vaccination campaign.
    Anyway, China has over 1.3 billion people. If it originated in China or not, they could contain it in WUHAN city. It did not go out of control as in the developed western countries. That also need to be considered. I mean strict controls are needed as people o not like to listen.

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      JD
      People listen to those whom they can trust.

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    Culled from social media nut cases and presented as research, with the hope the PhD title will give it validity. Now that the number of Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka is over 240 and rising, the lady may have dropped her theory of the country being safe from the virus because it is outside certain lines of latitude on the global map. Anyway, this is a better photo that those previous, nice earrings too.

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      D
      Sri Lanka has passed the peak. Nowhere does the infection stop suddenly.
      The infection rate in Sri Lanka is low by global standards and only a few districts are affected.

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      Boy or boy don’t we have a chip on our shoulder having flunked out sans that American doctorate!

      Jealous and sexist? Get a life MS and spare us the columns of drivel.. “don’t know much about anything.. but i do know platitudes..
      advice on writing: .cut to the chase sans verbose rhetoric and if you don’t know, better to be silent, dude MS
      so sorry machang!

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    “In short, universal BCG vaccination has already flattened the Covid 19 curve in many tropical developing countries like Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan where mortality rates are in single digits”

    This is absolute rubbish. There is no scientific evidence backed up by any kind of controlled trial to prove this. A small study here and there is not sufficient evidence to make such a claim. The only thing flattening the curve in Sri Lanka today is the heroic work of police, armed forces, epidemiologists and so forth. Not only this woman is writing spiteful articles now she has taken to writing absolute falsehoods.

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    BCG is for tuberculosis and it is bacterial. If BCG works, Hydroxy choloro quinine which is malarial drug could work too.
    but, Vaccines for SARS and MERS must come close for SARS-2 that can become a survival tactic, in an desperate situation. the reason is all three are the same corona virus except the some small portion of the RNA molecule.

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    quack science from a quacker.

    Where is the science? for these quack articles.

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    What utter garbage. France had mandatory BCG vaccination until 2007. There are 150K Covid cases in france with a fatality rate of 35% for closed cases. This utterly contradicts this womans garbage article.

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    Darini supposedly thinks “outside the box” and “laterally”. She is inviting everyone to join her in the box but horizontally.

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    The author had pretty much touched all talking points one would normally go through to pass the quarantine time and cherry picked supporting references just to validate her line of thoughts.

    It’s not an educated guess to bet on BCG vaccination even after WHO officially reported that there is no evidence that the BBC vaccine protects people against infection with COVID-19 virus.

    Brazil first started to deploy BCG vaccination in 1920.

    According to one paper, Brazil had less than 0.1 deaths per million inhabitants attributed to COVID-19 (paper was submitted on March 24). Brazil was a country highlighted in that paper for minimum death rate with COVID-19.

    But this week, Brazil reported 2,171 deaths to COVID-19. Brazil’s death per million inhabitants attributed to COVID is now 10. So, we have to wait for the outcome of the BCG related clinical trials.

    BCG clinical trial information: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04327206

    Paper: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.24.20042937v1.full.pdf

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    Here are some numbers. Number of people around world infected 2.2 million, died 150,000, recovered more than half million. This is all within TWO MONTHS time (for each country ) . In this countries with social medicine (like ;Lanka having better access) UK lost 15,000 and Spain almost 20,000. Yesterday alone in USA , more than 4500 people died in 24 hours. Darini figure out the morbidity and mortality rates compare that with all the breakouts in past you know of and let us know when was the last time you heard such numbers because of seasonal flu/Influenza. I hear apparently China jacked up its death rates in Wuhan by more than 50% and there by whole nation,s death by 40%, saying it was unaccounted in their previous official reports. The question arising are many. How many more are unaccounted ???? Is this new numbers spontaneous or forced because of Western threats ???. What will be the case in Lanka ?????But Darini has all the answers for the viewers.

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      Chiv,
      You yourself revealed that you are a physician and living in Europe.

      What do you think about the relation between w tih the pepoles BCG vaccinations and those not ?. I have found some relations, though my own knowledge gathered sofar dont give to catergoarically say that those lower rates of COVID19 cases being found in asia and africa are only in connection with that.

      With african continent is not yet fully affected, with the numbers we get to hear from them – and India has been controlling it its best, with relatively lower number of cases going by their population, nobody has yet beena able to reveal the harm ahead of us, or at alla bout the immunity levels after people being infected with the virus.

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        SS
        There are also demographic factors and climatic considerations.
        *
        India has got things messed up half way. I hope that corrective measures will be taken.
        The Indian shutdown has aggravated the situation of the vast number of migrant workers, some of whom may now take the virus home.
        The economic impact of the virus on Sri Lanka will be more due to the impending global crisis.

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      Chiv. You are throwing pearls before swine. I’m sure you know the saying: “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.

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      C
      Also remember that successive UK governments since Margaret T. wrecked the NHS.
      Spain has been privatizing hospitals since the 1980s.
      In Sri Lanka, the low infection rate has more to do with the country being easy to isolate. Private hospitals in SL refuse to admit COVID-19 patients.
      *
      I think that re China, once again, you are letting your (or is it Trump camp’s) imagination run riot.
      The Chinese could have kept quiet and there would have been no way to know.
      They have honestly reported a correction, but can never win with you.
      The higher numbers for Wuhan take China nowhere near the global epicentre of COVID-19 or for that matter the UK, France, Italy or Spain. Per capita, the data is even more favourable to China.
      The Chinese will need to inflate numbers ten-fold to please Trump Inc.

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    Sensitive SLANKEN, all I can say is I agree with you. I am no expert but not a fool to outright deny of a benefit which many in medical world are unaware including me. Because as an average physician from my experience, I have realized Medicine is not black or white, as we physicians will like , it to be. So much of medical science falls into Gray Area,due to the simple fact that numerous factors decides the outcome of any illness.(starting from age,sex, culture, geography,food habits, physical activity —etc—-etc). For example, my mothers family has a very strong history of not just Diabetes but many died because of its complications (includes a well known doctor, cousins, uncles and aunts) but my mom who is now above 90 was never diagnosed with it. If genetics alone is considered as a risk factor then sure she should have had it because more than 90% of her family members (young and old,including few of us children) were diagnosed with it. She was well aware of this risk at an early age and took some precautions (as in diet and physical activity) but that alone is not adequate to explain , how she was spared. Same with the benefits of BCG/Chloroquine in Covid . As GS rightly said , Chloroquine appears to have helped a FEW in recovering from severe respiratory complications, but was it a coincidence or not, needs to be explored further for future use. There is no such reports available showing its role in prevention or treatment of any viral infections per-se.

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      Dear Chiv,
      thanks and appreciate your posts. Some of your thoughts go close tot hat of mine. However, I have some disagreements with the following – based on the genetics. No. just because your nonagenarian mother did not catch it yet means nothing – as you know not all being genetically related would NOT be caught by diabetes or other genetically inherited diseases in that gene tree. May be your mother belongs to the category of silent- group that remain to be on the safer side. And as my information is conerned that there are hidden reasons for the succeptablitiy of diabetes onset today – migrant communites Europe are becoming vulnerable according to the latest reports.
      And TURING back to COVID 19- cases -to tell you i ve got to know now a patient in europe – in her late nineties (going tobe a Centenarian in a few week now) – we ve all been waiting to celebreate her birthday soon- with all divine blessings (though I dont trust gods but super natural powers that could still be behind the nature- since the us the homo sapiens discoved sofar much less), this patient is currently feeling well – and recovering in the hospital – lucklly she is met with milder kind of symptoms according to the panel of doctors treating her – alone her smile seems to be giving whole lot of enormous courage to hospital personnel faciing tightenen days at hospitals as they update to me y day.

      To be continued.

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        Hey fake doctor Chivvy -Ozzy and jealous – sonali half educated housewives mascarading as doctors.

        Please write articles in your own names and stop stalking Darini like frustrated morons.

        Get a life!!!

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          Here then is one of the retards I was speaking about. The fan Kalinga. Jayawewa.

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          K
          Set an example and write in your own name.

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            If you are living in Sri Lanka and writing to expose misdeeds of government, security forces or powerful personalities, then you are excused to write on fake names. But if you are residing abroad (except those who have fled from persecution by the state) and making comments on these or if you are living in Sri Lanka and making comments on non political subjects like this, you should write in your own name. It is only cowards who hide behind fake names and attack others, most of the time with unwarranted and unsubstantiated material.

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              Do you think that it is all right to write unwarranted and unsubstantiated material in your own name?
              If so you have done very well.
              There are plenty here who write in their own names and assumed names, which are mostly no secret.
              Those who are bold enough not to run away are not easily intimidated.
              Poor you!

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    Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake
    *** You are in a highly respectable profession and it is a dereliction of duty by putting out facts which are totally and utterly incorrect. Let me tell you why
    “Better To Get Corona”: BCG Vaccine As Covid-19 “Game-Changer” But WHO Promotes Curfew & Surveillance
    Good news: The humble BCG Vaccine
    Numerous studies in many parts of the world have linked the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin), vaccination, widely used in the developing world with fewer Coronavirus cases. This is good news for countries that have universal BCG vaccination in tropical Asia and Africa. Many of these countries cannot afford extended lock downs and curfews since the ensuring economic and supply chain disruption, loss of livelihoods, and poverty could kill more people in the long term.
    WRONG
    **** BBC teams are fact-checking some of the most popular fake and misleading coronavirus stories on social media. Jack Goodman brings together what’s been debunked this week by BBC Monitoring, Trending and Reality Check.
    False claims about the BCG vaccine
    WhatsApp messages claiming the BCG vaccine prevents coronavirus infection are inaccurate.
    The Bacille Calmette-Guérin jab has been given to children around the world to fight off tuberculosis, and was widespread in secondary schools in the UK until 2005.

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      “…putting out facts which are totally and utterly incorrect”
      I would have thought that facts are always correct.

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        S J you Stupid Junk and the above is another piece of Junk as one would expect from a Gotha Lover

        “I would have thought that facts are always correct”

        Yes if they are reported as true facts. Under Sri Lankan constitution presided by Gotha everythig which is reported as facts turns out to be “FAKE” such as the piece of news that Sri Lanka ranking as 9th in the World which was exposed by CT. Gotha is a born LIAR and nobody believes what he says as fact except Gotha Lovers and that is why you are going round with a ” Pichai Pathiram”

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    Continued Part 2

    It’s still given in the UK when a child or adult might be at risk of coming into contact with tuberculosis.
    The Dambulla vegetable wholesale market was shut down due to an indiscriminate country-wider, month-long curfew ordered by the Government of Sri Lanka on the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), and Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA)..
    However, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had telephoned the Sri Lankan President personally to thank him for “mobilizing the whole-of-government in the fight against the corona virus. Together!”.
    *** Now you know why Trump cancelled the $500 million USA Gives to WHO.
    Would the WHO and its director general who called to congratulate the strongman President of Sri Lanka for imposing an economically destructive month long curfew with military enforcement also count the deaths of farmers, wage-less day laborers and migrant workers who make up the greater part of the labour force as a result of the economic meltdown?
    *** Certainly NOT because it doesn’t suit Gothas Agenda of winning the election.

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    Gotha a born THUG, Practising CRIMINAL, Habitual LIAR who lied all the way to Presidency is still intent on taking obliging Majority of his Countrymen for a ride.perfectly aware of the unfolding Human Tragedy only to save his own position. But Corona reaches the parts other viruses dont reach including Gothas.

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    The only benefit of this pseudo-scientific note by the author is the opportunity to get the illuminating opinions of Dr. Sankaralingam who seems to have lot of knowledge on such subjects. Let us not be misled by uninformed speculations by ill-informed people who are commenting on this website. By the way, there is a big difference between relative numbers (such as the death rate from any disease) and the absolute numbers (the actual number dying due to the disease). Corona virus is a stark demonstration of the staggering “absolute” numbers of death. The New York morgues stacked with dead bodies are an eye-opener to people like Dr. Jay Bhattacharya who are splitting hairs on the “death” rate of Corona virus.

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      Y
      Not all deaths reported were caused by COVID-19. It was often a contributory factor in cases where people had other serious ailments, who seem to be the majority of the dead.
      Death rate varies widely, with UK, Spain and Italy among the worst.
      Data are based often on number admitted to hospitals and there are charges of serious overestimate by US authorities.
      The problem in several countries with high ratios of dead to diagnosed is a badly run down national health service in the interest of private medicine.
      *
      Bhattacharya called for calm at a time when many including Trump talked about several hundred thousands dying in the US owing to the virus.
      Bhattacharya has been consistent and now seems absolutely right about over-estimation by the Trump establishment. I do not know where the hair splitting is.

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