The highly suspicious virus from Wuhan continues to circulate in populations around the world. Due to continuing large numbers of susceptible persons, effective treatments and preventatives are needed to protect those most at risk. The best prospects for treatment involve the use of antibodies against some part of the virus. An effective vaccine would be nice, but we will have to wait for that. Other approaches to antibody treatments are being tested now, including clonal antibodies and antibodies from convalescent plasma.
New Eli Lilly antibody treatment
The experimental treatment doesn’t contain plasma, but uses clones of the antibodies for the therapy, which is taken intravenously, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The treatment is designed to target the spike-shaped protein structures of the virus and block it from locking on to human cells, thus neutralizing the bug.
More on antibody LY-CoV555 which emerged from the collaboration between Lilly and AbCellera to create antibody therapies for the prevention and treatment of coronavirus.
This cow’s antibodies could be the newest weapon against COVID-19
Cows make good antibody factories, and not just because they have more blood than smaller animals engineered to synthesize human versions of the proteins. Their blood can also contain twice as many antibodies per milliliter as human blood, says Eddie Sullivan, SAb Biotherapeutics’s president and CEO.
Scientists Nearing Breakthrough on Life-Saving Antibody Treatment for Coronavirus
Scientists at AstraZeneca are developing a cloned antibody injection that instantly arms the human body to neutralize the coronavirus. This could prove to be a game-changer for COVID-19 patients in the first stages of coronavirus. According to The Sunday Telegraph, the team of scientists at the company’s bases in the UK and America are up to “full speed” on testing, and its executives are extremely hopeful of commencing production of an effective treatment next year.
Convalescent plasma therapy appears to provide some benefit
With no adverse side effects caused by the plasma transfusion, the study concluded that convalescent plasma therapy is a safe treatment option for patients with severe COVID-19 disease. To date, this is the largest cohort worldwide assessed for outcomes pertaining to convalescent plasma transfusion for COVID-19.
More Wuhan CoV-19 News:
Norwegian and British vaccine scientists have published unequivocal evidence that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, is man-made.
The authors state two conclusions: (1) the mutations that would normally be seen in the course of animal to human transmission have not occurred in SARS-CoV-2, indicating that it was fully “pre-adapted” for human infection and (2) SARS-CoV-2 has insertions in its protein sequence that have never been detected in nature and contribute to its infectivity and pathogenicity.
That is, SARS-CoV-2 has a receptor binding domain specifically designed for the human angiotensin converting enzyme-2 receptor (ACE2) found in lungs, kidneys, intestines and blood vessels.
Asymptomatic spread of Wuhan CoV-19 is rare
This is a virus custom-made to kill old people. Young people tend to have asymptomatic infections, and do not typically spread the virus — according to much evidence.
Lockdowns appear to be deadlier than the virus. And that is an inconvenient truth which Amazon and most of the news media has been reluctant to share.
Death in Sweden:
According to the skankstream news media, Sweden is experiencing a coronavirus apocalypse. But looking at new deaths in Sweden attributed to coronavirus, the epidemic in Sweden is fizzling out — like in most of the developed nations of the world. Total deaths attributed to coronavirus so far in Sweden: 4,694, as of this evening. Not exactly a holocaust, except perhaps in selected Stockholm nursing homes.
Media hacks tend to focus on cases, when it is deaths that matter most. Most cases are asymptomatic, and most of those do not spread. In fact, most of the spread occurs in nursing homes and medical facilities. Most of the dead are quite old, and infirm. Nursing home residents die months earlier than they would have died without the Chinese pandemic. By connecting their deaths to this highly infectious virus from Wuhan City, they become pawns in a political game of riots, plagues, and totalitarian lockdowns.
“Locking ourselves in our beautiful mansions and continuing with our videoconferences practically does nothing for nursing homes and chronically badly prepared hospitals . . . It also kills the poor, the disadvantaged . . .” He has cautioned that protracted lockdown will cause starvation, violence, poverty, and deaths that could exceed the number of lives saved by avoiding Covid-19 infections. __ https://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2020/06/12/john_ioannidis_and_medical_tribalism_in_the_era_of_covid-19_111427.html