I recently listened to an excellent podcast by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) in which clinicians discussed the topic of current COVID omicron variants BA 4/5. The doctors discussed the nature of the variant, how treatment varies from previous strains of Omicron, and took questions from the audience.
You can listen to the complete podcast here: https://odysee.com/@FrontlineCovid19CriticalCareAlliance:c/FLCCC-WEBINAR-062922_FINAL#6
The takeaway is clear - everyone should be prepared by having ALL the FLCCC recommendations on hand.
Why Are There So Many COVID Cases in Highly Vaccinated States/Countries?
Let’s look at some figures: in countries that are highly vaccinated (e.g., Brazil is 100% vaccinated, other highly vaccinated countries include Iceland, Gibraltar, and Denmark, as well as U.S. states such as California, Vermont, Maine, and others) vs. places like South Africa, which is only 30 % vaccinated, COVID patients who are ending up hospitalized, particularly with the new Ba4 and Ba5 variants, are predominantly vaccinated individuals. This is most likely due to a level of immunosuppression, immune imprinting, original antigenic sin, antibody dependent enhancement, and other mechanisms we’ve previously discussed in our long COVID blog series.
We devastatingly underestimated the evolutionary capacity of the COVID virus to evolve and adapt to the suboptimal immune pressure on the spike protein. Many have warned that mass vaccination during a pandemic would force the COVID virus to evolve and become more aggressive and escape immunity due to massive infectious pressure.
And now we have to consider that recent omicron sub-variants such as BA.4 and BA.5 may be completely novel COVID viruses and not necessarily variants of omicron. It is not thought that immunity to BA.1 or BA.2 (omicron) will give you future immunity. So, when will this ever end?
Bottom line: the COVID vaccines create antibodies to the initial Wuhan strain, which was in our distant past and early on. And if you have been vaccinated, you may be at increased risk of getting sick and you may be at risk of future medical problems. We are all susceptible despite our naturally acquired immunity due to evolutionary pressure placed on the virus.
See the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System for additional information:
What we can do.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of early treatment for COVID cases. Sadly, most doctors are not aware of these hugely effective regimens. I encourage you to review and download this important protocol and continue to check the FLCCC website for additional updates.
If you are exposed to someone with COVID, start the prevention protocol.
Points about the early treatment protocol and podcast.
Begin antiviral preventative protocol early on, and then add an antibiotic at day 4-6 given if there are signs of bacterial pneumonia which seems to be more common with the new variants (at least that is what they are seeing in South Africa and Brazil)
With acute infection use:
Ivermectin: 0.3 to 0.6 mg/kg – one dose daily for at least 5 days or until symptoms resolve.
Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ): 200 mg twice a day for 5 to 10 days; Some have noted that HCQ may be more effective against omicron, but the FLCCC still prefers using Ivermectin as the antiviral of choice.
The FLCCC doctors do not think Paxlovid is very effective.
Rebound symptoms can occur after Paxlovid.
In some patients, a course of steroids might be helpful, but steroids are not first line on the FLCCC protocol.
Antiplatelet therapy such as full dose ASA or other more aggressive measures to prevent clotting may be needed. The doctors on this podcast state that they are seeing more clotting risk in those that have been vaccinated.
See the FLCCC protocol for full supplements recommendation, but these include:
Vitamin C 500-1000 bid
Vitamin D3/K 2
Quercetin 250 mg bid
Curcumin 500 mg bid
Zinc 75-100mg / day
Melatonin 5-10 mg at bedtime
Mouthwash: 3 times daily; gargle three times a day (do not swallow) with an antiseptic-antimicrobial mouthwash containing chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium chloride (e.g., ScopeTM, ActTM, CrestTM) or povidone-iodine.
Nasal spray with 1% povidone-iodine: 2-3 times a day. You can make 1% povidone-iodine concentrated solution:
• Pour 1 1⁄2 tablespoons (25 ml) of 10% povidone-iodine solution into a clean 250 ml nasal irrigation bottle.
• Fill the bottle to top with distilled, sterile, or previously boiled and cooled water.
• To use: tilt head back, apply 4-5 drops to each nostril. Keep head tilted for a few minutes, then let drain.
In the FLCCC protocol there are multiple second line therapies so please consult that material for additional recommendations:
Early treatment is key for everyone.
Please don't wait until you test positive to have all these recommendations at your fingertips
Find a doctor that understands the importance of early treatment and is aligned with the FLCCC. Stay well and stay curious!
In health and hope,
Dr. Suzanne K. Gazda
Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC)
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