Covid: the surprising fourth wave
By Dr Sebastian Rushworth, MD.
Sebastian, a physician native to Sweden, has written about the Fourth Wave of COVID infections now beginning to sweep the Northern Hemisphere as it enters Winter. I'm reproducing his article here because Sebastian provides valuable insights for New Zealand and Australia so that we can prepare for the inevitable next wave. In addition, we can anticipate this wave as we enter Winter next year.
The main take-home points I took from Sebastian's article are these:
Vaccines may have taken the heat out of the initial two to three waves, however:
The consequence of vaccination is low levels of naturally acquired immunity.
Vaccine-induced immunity is short-lived as compared to naturally acquired immunity.
The waves are seasonal - hitting populations hardest during Winter. Knowing this provides a goldmine of information for protecting our people from the worst effects of COVID.
With this knowledge, we can therefore prepare and strategise for the next wave by:
A massive campaign to get New Zealand healthy, focusing on obesity, diabetes, and anti-viral protection, including optimising zinc, vitamin C, selenium and fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamin D.
Improve other Winter related factors such as ventilation, crowding, housing, poverty.
Better population stress management. Chronic stress depresses immune function.
Do limited vaccination of at-risk populations, using safer vaccines than the current mRNA and spike protein ones.
Encourage the infection to waft through the healthy populations during Summer, so we have a good level of herd immunity before next Winter.
Have quarantine measures in place for at-risk populations when a wave hits.
Here is Dr Rushworth's article:
"I was surprised, at first, when many heavily vaccinated countries were hit by a new wave of covid-19 at the beginning of autumn. I was surprised, that is, until I started to see...
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