The Facts on Why Tens of Thousands of Americans Died Needlessly from COVID19

I am troubled not one whit if anyone thinks for a moment that the facts presented here are contrived, exaggerated, fashioned out of thin air or otherwise twisted and spun silly just to make a point. They are not. And if, after reviewing these facts, some elect to refute, discredit or deny them, that will not alter the evidence that these are FACTS. And the sooner we recognize in these facts the abysmal, systemic failure to prioritize human life over the preservation of policies that, if left unaltered, place human lives in harm’s way, the greater will be our ability to save those who are unknowingly hurdling towards their own demise. I could be one of them. So could you.

I place the words above as a sort of “Terms of Use” preamble to this presentation because I want to be clear that as a writer, as a communications professional, and as person who sees a world of value in every human life, I am committed to letting the facts lead — because only the facts are capable of illuminating the truth.

Here they are.

FACT 1: As of this posting, 183,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID19 — the most of any country in the world.

FACT 2: As of this posting, over 6 million cases of COVID19 have been confirmed in the United States — the most of any country in the world.

Screen shot of Johns Hopkins University web page of COVID19 global statistics taken on August 31, 2020

FACT 3: In January, 2020, Dr. Paul E. Marik, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, VA, announced that he had created a COVID19 hospital treatment protocol. The EVMS protocol was based upon Dr. Marik’s effective treatment protocol for sepsis — detailed in a published 2016 study. The protocol is known as “HAT” Therapy — Hydrocortisone, Ascorbic Acid, and Thiamine.

FACT 4: The United States declared a national emergency in response to the global pandemic on March 13, 2020. Based on the assumption that COVID19 was a viral pneumonia and no anti-coronaviral therapy existed, nearly all national and international health care societies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), advocated a primary focus on supportive care — avoiding therapies outside of randomized controlled trials, with specific recommendations to avoid the use of corticosteroids.

FACT 5: By the end of March, four other leading national Critical Care physician/scholars and three consulting physicians — in Pulmonology, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine — had joined Dr. Marik in further refining the COVID19 protocol for treating the hyper-inflammatory phase of the disease (the phase that kills). The newly formed group was named The Frontline COVID19 Critical Care Consortium (FLCCC). (The name has since been changed to The Frontline COVID19 Critical Care Alliance.

FACT 6: In March, Dr. Marik treated four seriously ill COVID patients, including an 86-year-old man suffering heart disease, who was admitted to the hospital on 100% oxygen — a patient not likely to survive. All four survived. In Houston, FLCCC physician Dr. Joseph Varon’s sixteen COVID patients were removed from ventilators in 24 hours using the group’s protocol—instead of 10–21 days without it.

FACT 7: On March 31, the FLCCC began contacting reporters, editors, writers and producers in major media around the country to let them know that the FLCCC’s hospital treatment protocol (which they soon called “MATH+” for its components of Methylprednisolone, Ascorbic Acid, Thiamine and Heparin plus several additional co-interventions) was saving 94–99% of the lives of critically ill COVID19 patients in the hospitals where it was being used. Most of the media that were contacted did not respond. Those who did said they could not feature MATH+ in a story without data from a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT).

FACT 8: In April, 2020, the FLCCC physician team responded to news organizations who would not cover the success of MATH+ by explaining that for them, conducting an RCT would be unethical. They said that an RCT requires researchers to place critically ill patients on a placebo. Doing so, said the FLCCC physicians, would mean they would knowingly send their patients who were given a placebo to their likely deaths. The FLCCC communications team continued to reach out to national media, asking if the national pandemic emergency could convince them to change the everyday “rules of play” so that more physicians and healthcare workers around the globe would hear about — and implement — the MATH+ protocol…even without the RCT.

FACT 9: By June, 2020, MATH+ received some coverage in the UK (SkyNews), local U.S. television stations, a few local newspapers and in the publications and outreach vehicles of several allied health-focused educators, organizations and institutions. In the meantime, COVID19 continued to infect hundreds of thousands of Americans — causing continued death from the disease.

FACT 10: As of this posting, NO major U.S. television network, newspaper, periodical, radio network, online news outlet, or national/international health organization has presented a story on MATH+ Hospital Treatment Protocol for COVID19. FLCCC doctors report that they continue to have an extremely low rate of mortality — less than 6.1% when compared to 15% and higher for other therapies — after treating nearly 450 patients with MATH+ within six hours of presentation to their hospitals. They say that those few who did not survive either succumbed to co-morbidities — or had presented in an advanced hyper-inflammatory state, having waited too long before presenting for treatment at a hospital.

FACT 11: In July, 2020, glucocorticoid therapy, a mainstay of the MATH+ protocol, was validated with the Oxford University RECOVERY trial of Dexamethazone which reported a significant mortality reduction in COVID-19 patients requiring supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation. However, the likely superior performance of methylprednisolone used in MATH+ is based not only on the average effects measured in prior trials of glucocorticoids in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), but also on the data supporting methylprednisolone from the large, positive trials in the SARS and H1N1 pandemics.

FACT 12: There is no ‘silver bullet’ to cure COVID-19. According to the FLCCC physician team, the pulmonary phase of COVID-19 is a treatable disease; therefore it is inappropriate to limit therapy to ‘supportive care’ alone. The MATH + protocol consists of multiple drugs that have synergistic and overlapping biological effects that are safe, inexpensive, and globally available.

FACT 13: The FLCCC physician/scholars report that had MATH+ been used in hospitals nationwide from the time Dr. Marik first announced the development of the protocol in January, 2020, tens of thousands of Americans who have already died from COVID19 would very likely still be alive today. Additionally, they say that it is no longer ethically acceptable to limit management to ‘supportive care’ alone, in the face of effective, safe, and inexpensive medications in MATH+ that can effectively treat this disease and thereby reduce the risk of complications and death.

FACT 14: In August, 2020, health officials warned that thousands more deaths from COVID19 are likely in the next few months. The FLCCC Critical Care team published a peer-reviewed paper detailing the scientific rationale for MATH+.

Do with these facts as you will. But above all else, do not ignore them.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based writer, visual storyteller, PR Specialist and Telly and Emmy Award winning video and documentary producer.

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