For those who are worried about surviving this year’s “cold and flu” season in the Northern Hemisphere, here is a simple survival tip that might make a crucial difference for many vulnerable people. You might dismiss this doctor’s advice because he’s the famous chloroquine advocate that media platforms worldwide spent so much effort discrediting, but consider his standing in his field before 2020 and decide for yourself. Note that this advice about measuring blood oxygen saturation and the timing of intervention is pretty simple. It seems like something that any competent doctor or science journalist could have told you, but until now, where have you heard it amid all the unwishful thinking and fear-mongering that has prevailed this year?
Interview with Prof. Didier Raoult 2020/11/07
– director of Infectious and Tropical Emergent Diseases Research Unit, IHU Mediterranée Infection, Marseille
– awarded the Grand prix de l’Inserm in 2010
– awarded the Grand Prix scientifique de la Fondation Louis D in 2015
– in 2014, according to ISI Web of Knowledge, the most cited microbiologist in Europe, and the seventh worldwide
Laurent Ruquier entretien avec le Pr Didier Raoult (From 6 :40 in the video, in French only)
We first need to know if people are sick and make a proper diagnosis. Once we’ve made a diagnosis, we have to see people to know how sick they are. And in this disease there’s a trap. People who don’t know about it have based their entire strategy on influenza, but it’s not influenza, especially in terms of respiratory impairment. It’s very different. In this respiratory disease you don’t feel out-of-breath because the disease is due less to lung damage than to damage to the vessels of the lung. Therefore, you have what some have called “happy hypoxia,” which means you can have two-thirds of the blood oxygen level that you should have but you don’t notice it. So when you are told to come to the hospital when you feel short of breath, you’ll be coming at a point when you are close to dying already. It’s already a little too late. So if you don’t treat people early enough… and I don’t know exactly, but maybe half of the people who started their hospitalization in resuscitation had not been detected and treated early enough. You have to meet patients to know whether to treat patients. One thing is very simple. You just have to have a small tester to measure oxygen saturation. When all this started it cost 20 euros. Now this is capitalism after all, so now it costs 35 euros. But anyway, you can buy one. And doctors can buy one. You clip it to your finger, then you can measure your oxygen saturation. If you’re positive for Covid, as long as you’re above 95, it’s fine. If you’re below 95, you have to hurry to the hospital. Once you’re there, we’re going to raise your oxygen saturation level… and when you’re in that state, we’ll also see if you need anticoagulants to prevent thrombosis, which is one of the causes of death in Covid, even in young people.