The Corona Crucible – Thurs 21st May

World 5 million         Russia 300K+            India 110K+ Peru 100K+

The global rate of infection is rising by about 100,000 per day. We are less than three months into this pandemic and the total number of diagnosed cases worldwide has reached five million. Based on this same rate of spread, by the end of this year the virus is likely to have infected around 40 million people across the globe, and that’s only the people who have been tested. Researchers are busy looking for effective treatments and working to develop a vaccine.

Meanwhile,  Odd Rant Lump announced on Tuesday that he has been taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for about two weeks, because he thinks it’s ’good’. Adding, ‘They’re not expensive. What do you have to lose?’ He says that the US has a stockpile of 29 million hydroxychloroquine pills, saying, ‘It may not work, then again, it may.’

He has ignored the reported side effects the fact that no studies have yet found it to be effective in either preventing, or treating coronavirus. Side effects include, vomiting, nausea, irritability, itching, skin rashes and hair loss. More serious side effects include permanent eye damage and heart disease.

There are a number of drug trials underway, including a hydroxychloroquine trial for health workers here in Australia, but as yet there is no evidence it works.