SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza: A Comparative Overview and Treatment Implications

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Laura D. Manzanares-Meza and Oscar Medina-Contreras Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and Alphainfluenzavirus are RNA viruses that cause coronavirus disease-19 and influenza, respectively. Both viruses infect the respiratory tract, show similar symptoms, and use surface proteins to infect the host. Influenza requires hemagglutinin and neuraminidase to infect, whereas SARS-CoV-2 uses protein S. Both […]

Therapeutic Potential of Ginger Against COVID-19: Is There Enough Evidence?

Abdollah Jafarzadeh, Sara Jafarzadeh and Maryam Nemati In addition to the respiratory system, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) strikes other systems, including the digestive, circulatory, urogenital, and even the central nervous system, as its receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is expressed in various organs, such as lungs, intestine, heart, esophagus, kidneys, bladder, testis, […]

Association of Periodic Fasting with Lower Severity of COVID-19 Outcomes in the SARS-CoV-2 Prevaccine Era: an Observational Cohort from the INSPIRE Registry

Benjamin D. Horne et al. Intermittent fasting boosts some host defence mechanisms while modulating the inflammatory response. Lower-frequency fasting is associated with greater survival and lower risk from COVID-19-related comorbidities. This study evaluated associations of periodic fasting with COVID-19 severity and, secondarily, initial infection by SARS-CoV-2. … Routine periodic fasting was associated with a lower […]

Canada’s Deadly Response to COVID-19

David Redman The foundation for government led response to emergencies in Canada is the system of emergency management (EM). Federal and provincial/territorial governments have EM agencies which are charged with the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery to all hazards. These EM agencies work routinely with other orders of government, internal government Ministries, jurisdictional private sector […]

Long-term Persistence of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein: Evidence and Implications

Michael Palmer and Sucharit Bhakdi This paper discusses the recent study by Bansal et al. [1] on the detection of spike protein in persons vaccinated with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. The most significant finding is that spike protein is found on exosomes, that is, cell-derived vesicles, for at least four months after the second injection. […]

Elementary, my Dear Watson: Why mRNA Vaccines are a Very Bad Idea

Michael Palmer and Sucharit Bhakdi Pfizer’s and Moderna’s mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines have caused injury and death on an unprecedented scale. This short article explains from first principles why adverse events must be expected not just after the first injection of such a vaccine but after each booster shot as well. The argument is not limited […]