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Mar 23, 2020

One follow up PLUS two types of tests PLUS one did you know

  1. In a previous post I discussed the viral tweet regarding the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. In clinical and research settings around the world there are trials taking place to determine effective measures which may mitigate either the infection rate or the severity of the infection. The French study I mentioned looked at hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin and an initial report with a sample size of 26 treated and 16 controls were evaluated. They have since reported that at their end-point of the study they had 20 treated and 16 controls with a significant reduction in the viral load (amount of virus measured from nasopharyngeal swab) in the treatment group. They did not report in the initial study if this correlated with an improvement in the clinical outcome. These clinical outcome measures will be reported as a second part of the study in 10 days. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available on these medications and others.
  2. There are basically two main types of test for the virus and my friend John Constantine with Arc Point Labs does a great job of explaining them in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp1A–Ev9l0. Companies are working to make a point of care test similar to the test for the flu to provide quick reliable results of viral presence.

Did you know that prayer on behalf of others has known health

benefits for both the patient[i]and the person praying [ii]

This is one of my favorite photos take in Sunzu Village, Rwanda of the children praying with gratitude for the egg which they had received. May I also remember to be grateful for the things that matter most!


[i]Powell LH, et al (January 2003). “Religion and spirtuality.  Linkages to physical health.” The American Psychologist. 58 (1):  36-52.  CiteSeerX 10.1.1.404.4403. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.58.1.36. PMID 12674817. 

[ii]Jankowski, Peter, et al (May 2011). “meditative Prayer, Hope, Adult Attachment, and Forgiveness:  A Proposed Model”. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 3 (2): 115-131. doi:10.1037/a0021601.

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