A Contrarian’s Guide to the Coronavirus Craze (And More)
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
Fear and anxiety have all but swallowed the world.
But I refuse to be in that number.
And I suggest the same for you…
If there’s one thing life has taught me, it’s to go against the grain.
I’ve never been one to adopt the “herd mentality.”
So while the world is drowning in its coronavirus nightmares—
I’d like to shed some light on a few positive things...
In Italy, where the country is essentially on lockdown…
Where 10,000 people are infected with coronavirus…
And 631 have already died from it…
Doctors made a shocking discovery!
According to Paolo Ascierto, an oncologist of Naples’ Pascale Hospital, two coronavirus patients saw “excellent results” with one common (yet unexpected) treatment.
In fact, one patient's health improved so much, doctors took him off of life support.
So what did the doctors use to treat these two patients?
A commonly used arthritis drug.
Its official name is tocilizumab. And now, Paolo is calling for a national protocol to use it extensively against the virus.
More good news—
For those who might not know the details… here are a few out-of-pocket expenses associated with coronavirus testing:
- Complete blood count test.
- Full metabolic panel.
- Flu A and flu b testing.
- An emergency room visit (with isolation for high-risk patients).
As you can imagine, these bills can add up pretty quickly. One American who returned from a work trip to China got tested. He reportedly racked up $3,270 in hospital charges.
The average American can’t afford this.
But now, every American has access to free coronavirus testing...
Thanks to Orange County Representative Katie Porter.
While drilling Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, she argued:
We have a $1,331 expense, conservatively, just for testing for coronavirus… Dr. Redfield, you don’t need to do any work to operationalize...You need to make a commitment to the American people so they come in to get tested. You can operationalize the payment structure tomorrow.
Dr. Redfield finally agreed to cover the cost of testing for any American who needs it.
I call that a win.
With all of this talk about deadly viruses…
I intentionally saved this one for last.
For years, society has seen HIV as a death sentence.
But there’s hope…
Recent BBC headlines read: “Second patient cured of HIV, say doctors.”
As BBC reports:
Adam Castillejo — the now 40-year-old "London Patient" who has decided to go public with his identity — has no detectable active HIV infection in his blood, semen or tissues, his doctors say. It is now a year after they first announced he was clear of the virus and he still remains free of HIV.
So what led to this miraculous turnaround for Adam Castillejo?
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ