Weird Hindsights #3: WHO does not react on information from Taiwan send on 31/12/19

Taiwan is not a WHO member, because of objections from China, which claims the island as its own and deems it to have no right to membership of international bodies. On 31/12/19 Taiwan send a email to WHO for more information about a outbreak of a possible new disease in Wuhan, but did not getContinue reading “Weird Hindsights #3: WHO does not react on information from Taiwan send on 31/12/19”

French doctors announce Actemra is efficient against Covid-19

As previously mentioned by calmcorona, Actemra seems to be efficient for the treatment of Covid-19. https://calmcorona.com/2020/04/13/roche-starts-phase-iii-clinical-trial-of-actemra/. Studies done by French doctors seem to have positive outcome. We will follow this calmly. Actemra is the first therapeutic antibody created in Japan by Chugai (part of the Roch group), and designed to block the activity of IL-6,Continue reading “French doctors announce Actemra is efficient against Covid-19”

Weird hindsights #2 No quarantine for Belgiums returning from Italy.

End of February the biggest Belgian Bank, BNP Paribas Fortis did put his employees returning from Italy for 2 weeks in quarantine. They were forbidden to come to the office for two weeks. At the same time the Belgian government and leading virologist Professor Marc Van Ranst did not advice any quarantine measures for thoseContinue reading “Weird hindsights #2 No quarantine for Belgiums returning from Italy.”

Deaths by Region in Belgium (24/04/20)

Per million habitants Brussels seems to have the highest number of Covid-19 related deaths per region in Belgium. It is not sure that we can compare these figures. Will an inhabitant of Flanders who dies in a Brussels hospital appear in the figures of Brussels or in the figures of Flanders? We don’t know (yet).

French governments prevents online sales of Nicotine Patches

The French government on Friday issued the new rule preventing online retailers from selling nicotine patches or other forms of nicotine products and requested all pharmacies to limit physical sales.  Earlier this week some studies seemed to show that nicotine could help against Covid-19 infections. According to neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux from France’s Pasteur Institut, whoContinue reading “French governments prevents online sales of Nicotine Patches”

Weird hindsights #1 municipal elections in France.

The 2020 French municipal elections have been held on sunday 15/03/2020 a day after the announcement of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe that the country would go in an almost complete lockdown. A planned second tour (22/03/20) has been postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic. Why was the first tour a good idea and the second tour a bad idea?Continue reading “Weird hindsights #1 municipal elections in France.”

Belgian Docter sends Open Letter to Prime Minister demanding to start with Serological tests

A few weeks ago the Belgian company Zentech started the production of serological tests and the Swiss company Roche also announced that they will start to produce these tests in may. These tests can support the detection of antibodies against Covid-19 in patients who have been exposed to the virus. The detection of these antibodiesContinue reading “Belgian Docter sends Open Letter to Prime Minister demanding to start with Serological tests”