Independent news sites have been reporting for months on research conducted by scientists that indicates that Covid19 has genetic sequencing that bears strong resemblance to the HIV virus and that the chances of this happening naturally are very small. The presence of such sequencing strongly suggests the virus was altered in some way in a laboratory.
Usually reporting on such research gets an article labeled “misinformation” by the big social media companies, and may even get the site de-platformed or banned.
But mainstream news outlets have finally been forced to cover these facts as more and more information is revealed everyday on the strange resemblance that Covid19 bears to HIV.
“In a disturbing parallel to H.I.V., the coronavirus can cause a depletion of important immune cells, recent studies found,” blares a subtitle on an article published by The New York Times Friday.
“In many patients hospitalized with the coronavirus, the immune system is threatened by a depletion of certain essential cells, suggesting eerie parallels with H.I.V.,” reads the article’s second paragraph.
The article cites several studies that detail these similarities, including one conducted by Dr. Adrian Hayday, an immunologist at King’s College London. Dr. Hayday’s study compared 63 Covid19 patients to 55 health patients, some of whom had recovered from Covid19.
“Dr. Hayday and his colleagues began with the assumption that the patients would generate a profound immune response to the coronavirus. That is why most people recover from infections with few, if any, symptoms.
But those who get very sick from the virus could have immune systems that become impaired because they overreact, as happens in sepsis patients. Alternately, the scientists hypothesized, these patients could have immune systems that struggle mightily, but fail to respond adequately to the virus.
One of the most striking aberrations in Covid-19 patients, the investigators found, was a marked increase in levels of a molecule called IP10, which sends T cells to areas of the body where they are needed.
Ordinarily, IP10 levels are only briefly elevated while T cells are dispatched. But in Covid-19 patients — as was the case in patients with SARS and MERS, also caused by coronaviruses — IP10 levels go up and stay up.
That may create chaotic signaling in the body: ‘It’s like Usain Bolt hearing the starting gun and starting to run,’ Dr. Hayday said, referring to the Olympic sprinter. ‘Then someone keeps firing the starting gun over and over. What would he do? He’d stop, confused and disoriented.’”
Some patients also respond negative to the virus because their immune systems overreact to the virus in what’s known as a “cytokine storm.” But treatments that help regulate the body’s reactions, such medications that block a molecule called IL-6, another organizer of immune cells, don’t seem to help patients.
“There clearly are some patients where IL-6 is elevated, and so suppressing it may help,” Dr. Hayday said. But “the core goal should be to restore and resurrect the immune system, not suppress it.”
Researchers now believe that the model for HIV treatment – i.e. a combination of antiviral drugs – may be an effective treatment for Covid19. They believe Covid19 will one day become a manageable disease that can be treated without a vaccine.
“I have not lost one ounce of my optimism,” he said. “A vaccine would be great. But with the logistics of its global rollout being so challenging, it’s comforting to think we may not depend on one.”
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