Follows a post invited by Guy de la Bédoyère, a regular at Dateway.
Just when you thought the Covid madness couldn’t take any more twists and turns, here’s another one, but you better brace yourself. BBC science correspondent James Gallagher has a surprising revelation that the common cold (the rhinovirus) can suppress COVID-19 because it is so difficult for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to be pushed aside to make room for it . The news comes from Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Here is the summary:
The human rhinovirus triggers an innate immune response that blocks the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in the human respiratory epithelium. Given the high prevalence of human rhinovirus, this interference effect could lead to a population-wide reduction in the number of new COVID-19 infections.
From the host perspective, HRV [Human Rhinovirus] infections, which are usually associated with mild illness, stimulate an antiviral response that prevents infections with more serious (and sometimes fatal) viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.
Do you fancy this? So, by removing COVID-19, we could have successfully removed the very virus that could have helped protect us from it. Brilliant. Not only that, but also by removing all of these viruses, it has apparently become much more difficult to determine where the SARS-CoV-2 virus stands in the cutthroat world of virus hierarchies. This is why it has taken so long for this revelation to emerge.
If that sounds like good news, forget it. With the removal of everything else, natural immunity to these normal illnesses has plunged, so “experts” are already lining up to warn of a doomsday consequence. We are all going to get sick from illnesses that usually wouldn’t have been that bad.
James Gallagher continues:
Dr Susan Hopkins, of Public Health England, has previously warned of a “difficult winter” ahead.
“We have seen flu outbreaks. We were able to see outbreaks of other respiratory viruses and other respiratory pathogens, ”she said.
Spiffing. As Basil Fawlty once said.
I can already see the headlines: “Britain Clocks Cold Lockdown After Covid Cock-up.”
Forgive me for being so arrogant that I express something that approaches scientific opinion, but doesn’t that perfectly illustrate the stupidity of operating overwhelming instinctive reactions against a single threat without consider the consequences? Hasn’t that been the hallmark of this crisis since day one?
Maybe some of the expert epidemiologists who have ruled our lives over the past year or so could dust off their physics GCSEs and read Newton’s laws of motion, especially the third: every force has an equal and opposite reaction. I’m sure this could be usefully reworked in the study of infectious disease control.
At the heart of it seems to be the hubristic belief that we can control nature because we are so intelligent. The fact that we may already be immersed in an extremely complex web of viral interactions doesn’t seem to have occurred to some of the experts so regularly called upon to comment on how we should live our lives. The ingenious “modeling” does not seem to have taken this into account either.
It all reminds me of the line Lumbar valve when David St Hubbins says, “There’s such a fine line between stupid and smart.”
Maybe the room in the Journal of Infectious Diseases has it all wrong. But somehow the article has the ominous ring of the truth, and some evidence about it, about it.
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