Help Save Lives

© 2020 Jim Spence - Several weeks ago, I subscribed to The Great Courses Plus, via my Roku streaming device. As a hopeless sports junkie I had no idea at the time that I would take so many courses in such a short period of time. However, with the suspension of the NHL, MLB, and all the major professional golf tours, I’ve had plenty of time to complete several courses.
Just this weekend, I completed a course on the life and works of George Orwell. I thought I already knew plenty about Orwell. Not so. While Orwell is one of the most popular authors in history, he is widely misunderstood. Upon reflection of the many hours of lectures on Orwell by noted expert Dr.  Michael Sheldon, it became clear that Orwell understood human nature as few others. Orwell was particularly sensitive to the bullying nature of power-hungry politicians on both sides of the political spectrum.
It should come as no surprise to anyone watching the Wuhan Coronavirus tragedy unfold, that hatred and fear are the preferred tools of those playing political power games. And make no mistake, while the human damage being done by this virus is tragic, the fear, hatred, and manipulation techniques being deployed by those trying to exploit this emergency situation are now EPIC.
Amazingly, one has to dig, dig, dig simply to find follow-up information regarding Dr. Zev Zelenko, who is a Board Certified Family Practitioner who lives in Monroe, New York. Dr Zelenko reported just a week ago that he was having astonishing success treating patients testing positive for Wuhan Coronavirus.
Now, you would think reports on his extremely encouraging results and those of French physician Didier Raoult, and several others would be front page news. This information is not on the front pages. In fact, this information is being systematically buried by almost every outlet of the mainstream media.
Instead of getting important information about how lives are being saved, we are subjected to interviews with people peddling hatred, fear, and manipulation, just as Orwell warned.
Just this morning Nancy Pelosi accused the president of “killing” people. It doesn't matter who you voted for in 2016. There should be no place in civilized society for this sort of hatred, fear, and manipulation.
Today, I dug and dug. It seems that there is more good news from Dr. Zelenko and many other physicians. Hydroxychloroquine, in conjunction with other widely available drugs, are in fact SAVING LIVES. These drugs have been administered broadly in New York since Tuesday.

He is Dr. Zenko’s open letter to: “All medical professionals around the world”

"My name is Dr. Zev Zelenko and I practice medicine in Monroe, NY. For the last 16 years, I have cared for approximately 75% of the adult population of Kiryas Joel, which is a very close knit community of approximately 35,000 people in which the infection spread rapidly and unchecked prior to the imposition of social distancing.
As of today, my team has tested approximately 200 people from this community for Covid-19, and 65% of the results have been positive. If extrapolated to the entire community, that means more than 20,000 people are infected at the present time. Of this group, I estimate that there are 1500 patients who are in the high-risk category (i.e. >60, immunocompromised, comorbidities, etc).
Given the urgency of the situation, I developed the following treatment protocol in the pre-hospital setting and have seen only positive results:
Any patient with shortness of breath regardless of age is treated.
Any patient in the high-risk category even with just mild symptoms is treated.
Young, healthy and low risk patients even with symptoms are not treated (unless their circumstances change, and they fall into category 1 or 2).
My out-patient treatment regimen is as follows:
Hydroxychloroquine 200mg twice a day for 5 days
Azithromycin 500mg once a day for 5 days
Zinc sulfate 220mg once a day for 5 days
The rationale for my treatment plan is as follows. I combined the data available from China and South Korea with the recent study published from France (sites available on request). We know that hydroxychloroquine helps Zinc enter the cell. We know that Zinc slows viral replication within the cell. Regarding the use of azithromycin, I postulate it prevents secondary bacterial infections. These three drugs are well known and usually well tolerated, hence the risk to the patient is low.
Since last Thursday, my team has treated approximately 350 patients in Kiryas Joel and another 150 patients in other areas of New York with the above regimen.
Of this group and the information provided to me by affiliated medical teams, we have had ZERO deaths, ZERO hospitalizations, and ZERO intubations. In addition, I have not heard of any negative side effects other than approximately 10% of patients with temporary nausea and diarrhea.
In sum, my urgent recommendation is to initiate treatment in the outpatient setting as soon as possible in accordance with the above. Based on my direct experience, it prevents acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), prevents the need for hospitalization and saves lives.
With much respect,

Dr. Zev Zelenko

There are several hundred regular followers of this column. For obvious reasons, I want to urge each and every one of you to disseminate this information as widely as you can. Send it to all of your loved ones and friends. You just might help save lives while most of the media sits on this information.