How to restrain the obstinate coronavirus (авторизованный перевод с русского)

How to restrain the obstinate coronavirus (авторизованный перевод с русского)

The new is the well-forgotten old.

Jacques Peshe

Primarily I would like to offer readers a real-life rule that sounds like this:

Everything that humanity has been using for centuries cannot be absolutely harmful or useless.

This rule is based on the laws of evolution and confirmed by practice. Those who use even slightly harmful products, habits or medicines are inferior to others in the process of natural selection: they give fewer offspring, get sick more often and die. Together with them, dangerous means disappear from practice.

Taking into account this rule and some experience, I conducted a brief analysis of the features of coronavirus infection, methods of combating it, which I offer to the public. I am Russian, most of the sources of information are Russian, the same applies to methods and errors in the treatment of coronavirus. I write for a wide audience, avoiding special terms as much as possible, and if I can’t do without them, I translate them on the word from medical into common English.

1. Minimum required information

Coronaviruses are a family of RNA viruses that have distinctive villi on the surface. They are based on ribonucleic acid (RNA), which is more variable than DNA, so coronaviruses are very prone to mutations. They include various proteins, a fatty shell, their size varies between 80-220 nm. Like all viruses, they are able to reproduce only in the cells of other organisms, and they do not show signs of life outside the cells.

They are ubiquitous on the globe and cause respiratory diseases of humans, infectious bronchitis of birds, hepatitis of mice, pneumonia of rats, gastroenteritis and encephalomyelitis of pigs, often fatal in animals. Infection is consigned mainly by airborne droplets.

The first pathogenic strain of human coronavirus HCoV-229E was detected more than 50 years ago. It provokes acute respiratory viral infections (ARVI), and in severe cases – pneumonia and bronchitis. Another coronavirus SARS-CoV, known as «Severe acute respiratory syndrome», appeared in 2002. 8,469 people fell ill and 11% of them died. Since 2015, deaths from the MERS-CoV coronavirus have been occasionally recorded in the world. So the current SARS-CoV-2, although radically different in contagiousness, has very similar predecessors.

All coronaviruses are sensitive to detergents (dispersants), as well as to fat solvents, for example, esters. They disrupt the lipid envelope of the virus. Let’s remember this circumstance, it will be useful to us. Coronaviruses are also suppressed by conventional disinfectants, for example, ethanol. At temperatures above 56 C, they  fall within 10-15 minutes like many other viruses, but at negative temperatures they can persist for years.

Note. The temperature sensitivity of influenza viruses (which also contain RNA) has been well studied. For example, the source indicates that group A viruses reproduce on chicken embryos in the temperature range of 25-40 C (the optimal temperature for them is 32-36 C), and group B — in the range of 25-38 C at an optimum of 32-35 C. It is remarkable that relatively heat-resistant strains of influenza A (H3N2), which cause a severe course of the disease, were always replaced by more thermosensitive, light forms after 1-2 years.

It looks like coronaviruses are a little more heat-resistant. If we assume that they have passed to humans from bats, then bats in an active state have a body temperature of 40.6 C. In ordinary mice and pigs, it is also high, up to 39 C, so this infection is a bit more familiar to heat.

Coronaviruses multiply in the cytoplasm, the semi-liquid phase of cells. The first daughter viruses appear within 4-6 hours after infection, the maximum reproduction is achieved after 12-36 hours, then the cell loses fluid and dies. Some human coronaviruses cause hemagglutination (gluing and precipitation of red blood cells), which contributes to vascular thrombosis.

There are no reliable, long-term effective vaccines against rapidly mutating viruses. Vaccines against smallpox, measles, polio, etc., which are not highly mutagenic and are also more vulnerable to the external environment, have been created and are successfully used. For such viruses the concept of «collective immunity» is applicable, i.e. immunity from vaccination simply does not allow them to be transmitted from person to person, killing at the early stages of infection.

However, medicine in Russia with a large set of vaccines is relentlessly chasing influenza viruses, although more than 2 thousand variants and 25 thousand serotypes have been identified. Russian doctors (Fig. 1) refer to excellent results (of course, the incidence of influenza has decreased by as much as 85 times!). But they, alas, do not impress me.

Fig. 1

Firstly, the maximum percent of vaccinated in 2017 was 45.8%, which is not enough for collective immunity. Now medicine sacramentally requires to reach 80% for coronavirus. Secondly, for example, in 2008, when only 17.3% of the population was vaccinated, the incidence has already collapsed 13 times, why would that be? Thirdly, due to all these huge efforts, the number of flu cases decreased from 4.37 to 0.05 million people per year. It seems a lot. But only in recent years (see the table in the same place) the number of patients with ARVI increased by 3.7 million. Now try to answer the question, how does the district doctor, issuing a sick leave or a certificate without laboratory analysis, distinguish the flu from any other viral ARVI, by eye or by touch?

I am not against flu vaccines, they are quite useful in mass outbreaks or other special conditions. But we cannot close our eyes to the fact that other, no less significant processes were going on in parallel with vaccination. This is an improvement in the well-being of people and a mutation (weakening) of the viruses themselves. Some data from The Lancet Respiratory Medicine magazine leaked to the Russian media: 77% of laboratory-indicated influenza viruses carriers had no clinical symptoms and only 4% went to doctors.

Similarly, there are no drugs against rapidly mutating strains that do not lose effectiveness over time. Once, 40 years ago, rimantadine was considered a good means of preventing and treating influenza, however, subsequent research proved that most of the viruses of group A(H3N2) are not sensitive to it. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) revered in the USA «reduces the duration of flu symptoms by an average of 0.5-0.74 days (!!!) if treatment has started in the first hours after contact with the patient (!!!!!)». Arbidol (umifenovir) developed in 1972 has been used for a long time in Russia and China in the absence of open test results. They had started on a group of 448 people only in 2012, and in the published 7 years later (!!!) the report found that the drug facilitates the flu by 25-48%.

Of course there is a ruthless war on the market of antiviral drugs, so the research results of different companies often contradict each other. But that’s not even the point. The very goal of «developing a universal and reliable remedy against mutating viruses» seems to me unattainable. The drug will be effective for a while. But in order to spread it in different countries, for many populations and strains of the virus, it will have to be tested not on hundreds, but on hundreds of thousands of people. It will take years, and during this time the viruses will mutate. This is probably why no such tool has yet passed a long test of practice.

However, quite general information. Let’s finally deal with the main evil-doer of the day, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. First we will concisely analyze the pathogenesis (mechanism of development) of the disease.

2. Briefly about the mechanism of disease development

The only distinctive symptom of coronavirus is the disappearance of taste and smell. Unfortunately, they do not manifest themselves in everyone, in Europe — in 60-80% of those infected, and in East Asia – even in 30%. Other initial symptoms: cough, muscle aches, fever, weakness, headache — stem from intoxication or immune reactions, they are characteristic of many influenza viruses and other acute respiratory infections.

The first strains of coronavirus were distinguished by a long incubation period, reaching 7-14 days. The virus quietly multiplied in the lungs and only then the body reacted with coughing, shortness of breath, high fever. Now new strains have a shorter incubation period, it is usually 3-4 days, and this is for the best. Rarely, but it still happens that the coronavirus enters the intestines with saliva or food, then the body quickly responds with acute diarrhea. This is also an immune reaction, but few people will associate it with the coronavirus.

A person with a strong immune system immediately reacts to the coronavirus by producing interferon and may not notice the disease at all. The body copes with it by itself. There are 17-30% of such asymptomatic carriers (and about the same number have mild symptoms that disappear within 2-3 days). But if the immune system is weak and the symptoms are hardly noticeable, then in 5-10 days the virus enters the bloodstream and strongly affects the lungs. The first danger is thrombosis of the pulmonary capillaries, which stop the supply of oxygen. The cells affected by the virus lose fluid, there is pulmonary edema, suffocation.

An example from life. A 62-year-old woman, not hardened, not athletic, with an extra 20 kg of weight, but without chronic diseases, communicated with her children and grandson, who had caught a slight cold somewhere. For a week she had no symptoms of the disease, then — a sudden attack of suffocation, weakness, severe shortness of breath. She was admitted by ambulance to a hospital with a diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. On the X-ray, the lungs are without pathologies (nobody can see thromboembolism there). Over the next 6 days on oxygen therapy, her well-being improved, she went without oxygen supply, communicated with her family. No cough, no fever. However, the received PCR test result was positive. The epidemic wave was coming to an end in the city, there were long queues for tomography. She refused the proposed covid hospital, was discharged home «in a satisfactory wellbeing.» She died the same evening. The immediate cause of death, in my opinion, could be lung collapse or vascular thrombosis.

Because the coronavirus in the blood at a late stage already damages the walls of large red and blue vessels, this increases their permeability. The body responds by increasing the viscosity of the blood, which contributes to the formation of blood clots. Therefore 30-70% of patients with coronavirus in hospitals detect blood clots in the deep veins of the legs or in the lungs.

Bacteria and even fungi are connected to the destruction of the unfortunate organism already at the end of the disease. Well-known fungi of the genera Aspergillus and Candida, which are present in almost every person. Mortality in Russian hospitals is 7-15%, in intensive care units — 40-60%, on ventilators — 95%.

3. Why is mortality not decreasing in Russia?

Briefly the answer sounds like this: we treat poorly at an early stage of the disease. We practically do not treat at all.

I carefully studied the latest coronavirus instructions and realized that medicine has figured out the features of the disease and has a set of methods to combat it in the middle and late stages. All of them require careful monitoring by a doctor. Therefore, I will not discuss treatment in hospitals. To do this, you need to have not only medical qualifications, but also extensive medical experience. I will note only two points.

Firstly, none of the medicinal products used has proven high effectiveness. I have already given examples of weak antiviral drugs above. I will focus on one more, favipiravir recommended by Russian Ministry of Health.

The first study of favipiravir in China, in January 2020, was encouraging, recovery rates increased 3-4 times. In Russia, the test results on 168 patients were worse, the relief of the disease occurred «almost 1.5 times more often» than in the control group. But I will add to them the results of a recent trial in the USA:

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, November 12, 2021 – Appili Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on drug development for infectious diseases, today announced that the Phase 3 PRESECO (PREventing SEvere COVID-19) clinical trial evaluating oral antiviral Avigan®/Reeqonus™(favipiravir) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 did not achieve statistical significance on the primary endpoint of time to sustained clinical recovery. Additional analyses of the trial data are ongoing. The clinical trial enrolled 1,231 patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 from 38 study sites across the United States, Mexico, and Brazil.

“While we are disappointed by the topline results of the PRESECO trial, we remain steadfast in our belief that safe and effective oral antivirals are urgently needed for patients who are still struggling to overcome COVID-19. We wish to thank all the patients who participated, and hope that information obtained from our trial can help guide research and development around more potential treatment options for COVID-19,” said Dr. Armand Balboni, Chief Executive Officer, Appili Therapeutics.

At the same time, I do not want to question the results of the research. It’s hard to imagine a drug that is equally effective against alpha strains in China and England, gamma strains in Brazil and delta strains in India and Russia. And in total, more than 2 thousand variants of SARS-CoV-2 have already been discovered, besides, the people of these countries and their living conditions are very different.

Secondly, I have studied a lot of sources, and nowhere have found indisputable evidence of the so-called cytokine storm. He has become a real scarecrow in Russian media. They declared that the storm arises because the crazed immune cells (cytokines) begin to destroy healthy lung cells. But there is no direct evidence of this. Yes, in the late stages of the disease (12-24 days after the first symptoms), too many immune cells are often found in the blood. But by this time extensive viral pneumonia develops and causes such a reaction. Here the authors correctly point out: «Accumulating data indicate that the severity of COVID-19 is associated with an increased level of inflammatory mediators, including cytokines and chemokines …». However, the correlation is not the reason; you might as well declare firefighters as stimulators of the fire they arrived at.

As for the early stage of the disease, the protocol recommends:

  • Sufficient fluid intake,
  • Expectorants (butamirate and levodropropizine),
  • Antiviral drugs (favipiravir, arbidol, interferon-alpha),
  • Antipyretics (paracetamol) at temperatures above 38-38.5 C,
  • Drops based on sea water for a runny nose.

That’s all. If interferon and expectorants still help natural immunity, then a decrease in temperature inhibits it. Even in such a meager set, the absurdity exists (p.58):

«In order to prevent pulmonary edema, patients should limit the volume of injected fluid, observe zero or negative hydrobalance.»

The average person’s body contains 42 liters of water. 375-500 ml is enough for pulmonary edema, the body will always find such a small amount. And copious drinking contributes to a certain decrease in blood viscosity, the removal of toxins; although weak, but it still helps to resist the disease.

Treatment at an early stage is worthless, but most of those infected do not receive it either. Intimidated by bad medical propaganda, people are afraid to seek medical help, hoping that everything will turn out to be a mild cold… And they are already hospitalized in the intensive care unit, from where half goes to another world. At the peak of morbidity, frazzled doctors are also not always able to rush to the rescue. Can you still breathe? Does the light in your eyes not fade? Yes, you are very good! Be patient for five hours or a bit more, otherwise we have 10 more calls, and two are already barely breathing…

There are plenty of such dramatic scenes on the Internet, but none of the patients even tried to do something to fight the virus. Except taking unnecessary antibiotics. Those who are not on the remote, continue to go to work as long as they have enough strength; with mild symptoms, no one will give a sick leave. Pensioners are dutifully waiting for help, which sometimes comes too late.

In the EU, the incidence is higher than in Russia, but the mortality rate is lower. This is because rapid tests are widespread there. A year ago, a young man in Zurich, finding a loss of smell at a temperature of 37.2, just went to the nearest pharmacy. After 10 min. he achieved a positive result of an express test and the suggestion to spend the next 10 days at home. No one shouted at him, demand subscriptions, impose fines and codes. Treated with good advice.

The benefits of rapid tests are twofold. Firstly, the patient immediately restricts his contacts. Secondly, he will go to the doctor and get an exemption from work. Now such tests have appeared in Russia. If this practice is quickly extended to the whole country, the situation will improve a lot. But the turning point will come if we give everyone accessible and safe ways of pre-medical treatment against the virus. They are there, developed by mankind over many years and even centuries. So let’s move on to them.

4. Coronavirus and temperature

There is very little information about the coronavirus thermal resistance. Russian Ministry of Health believes that at 56 C, he dies in 45 minutes (without reference to the source), and Russian Large Medical Encyclopedia — in 10-15 minutes. I trust her more, however, the difference is small, but still I searched for experimental data. At 20 C, it persists for several days. Finally, I found the results (obtained ten years ago!) at 40 C. Here is the graph (Fig.2):

Fig.2

The authors experimented with pig and mouse viruses here, but human coronaviruses behave the same way. At 40 C 48-87% of coronaviruses die after 2 hours, 94% after 4 hours, and they were not found in the samples after 6 hours. Now it is clear why the body responds to severe infection with the highest temperature?

I have transformed the available data into a graph (Fig.3). It is better perceived in semi-logarithmic coordinates (on the right):

Fig.3

The coronavirus is very hardy at temperatures from 5 to 15 C. This corresponds to the data of Chinese doctors. It was interesting to compare how often people get sick in cool and hot countries. To do this, I estimated the correlation of morbidity with the average annual temperature of countries with a population of more than 30 million people (Fig.4). For large countries, it is difficult to calculate the average annual temperature throughout the territory, so I took the temperature in the largest cities, most often the capitals. In the first approximation, the connection should be revealed.

The incidence rate is expressed as a percentage of the total population as of 01.10.21. Of course, there are other important factors at work here: the intensity of testing, humidity, the population concentration, average age and mobility, its fitness. Argentina, Brazil and Malaysia have strongly deviated from the trend, may be due to their length in the meridional direction. Nevertheless, the relationship between the parameters is significant, the correlation coefficient is -0.521. At the lowest temperatures, the incidence seems to be decreasing.

Thus, temperature rising is a universal and effective means of suppressing coronavirus infections. It is able to destroy any strains, including the newly hatched omicron. The question is how to apply it at an early stage of the disease.

5. My antivirus protection system during the epidemic

I have been thinking for a long time whether the word «my» is appropriate here. All the methods described below have been known many years ago, I just combined them and identified the mechanism of action. But I am categorically against my methodology being perceived as a recommendation; I don’t have any medical license. I have been testing and improving the system on myself for 17 years. Not a single failure. But all people are different. Anyone is free to apply it or reject it, but he must make the decision about it himself.

5.1. General preventive measures

I’ve been studying my body for a long time. I am a seasoned person with a strong immune system (the content of lymphocytes in the blood is 32-35%), I easily tolerate both heat and cold. Blood oxygen saturation is usually 97-98%, but in the mountains, at an altitude of more than 1700 m, it decreased to 90-92%. It is useful for everyone to know their capabilities and plan prevention accordingly.

Prevention of infection. Ventilation of rooms. It has always been recommended against influenza and ARVI, now for some reason the manual have forgotten about it in. Restriction of contacts, when talking, the distance is at least 1 m. I wear a mask in transport, shops, but I have increased purchases online. I don’t go to resorts, rest on fishing, in the forest or the park, sometimes we go to the mountains or to the sea for a day.

Lung support. Caffeine improves respiratory activity. Therefore, 2-3 cups of coffee and 3-4 mugs of tea daily. Breathing exercises by Buteyko or Frolov, occasionally, so as not to lose skills. Expectorants, about a third of the daily dose. You can use ACC, bromhexine, etc., but I prefer natural ones, so thermosol, decoctions of chamomile or oregano. The lungs produce about 100 g of sputum per day, with good removal of it, the bronchi are cleaned of dust and partially of bacteria and viruses.

Support of the heart and blood vessels. Vitamin C. With prolonged use, an overdose is possible, so instead of pills, I made a rule for myself: I drink any tea or coffee with lemon. Nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), 25 mg / day, dilates small vessels not only of the lungs, but also of the brain. Besides, it has been replacing tobacco for me for 5 years, it promotes mental work. Aspirin in cardiological doses, 80-100 mg / day. Slightly dilutes the blood, prevents thrombosis. The most affordable and safe drug for the prevention of coronavirus pulmonary thrombosis.

Russian steam bath or wet sauna. A simple calculation shows that in 30 min. in the sauna, inhaling air with a temperature of, say, 80 C and exhaling — 40 C, a person receives 9686 J of energy into the lungs. This is more than enough to heat a thin layer of the epithelium of the trachea and the main bronchi by several degrees, and it is there that the infection nests in the initial stage. Even 30 years ago, doctors noticed that regular sauna visits halved the number of colds. But this is in a dry sauna.

And in a Russian steam bath or Turkish hammam, the air is saturated with water vapor, the best heat carrier in the world. Steam condensation of even 40% humidity gives us 36 kJ of heat already. This would be enough for all the lungs weighing 850 g to heat up by 12.2 degrees (!!!). Of course, a significant part of the heat is diverted to other organs, but in large bronchi of the 1st-3rd orders, the temperature will surely increase by 5-6 degrees. So 20-30% of the coronavirus (see Fig. 3) will be killed. The rest may survive, but they are unlikely to reproduce. They don’t like hot stuff.

I do not have a steam bath, but a sauna, however I have adapted a stainless steel sheet to the electric furnace and mercilessly pour water on it. I usually take a wet sauna 3-4 times a week, now, during the epidemic – 5-6 times. If I get into a crowded bus or other crowd during the day, I definitely go to the sauna in the evening: in a few hours the virus does not have time to penetrate deep into the lungs, and the heat will get it.

And why is a birch (fir or oak) broom good in a bath? Because when steamed, they all emit essential oils, and these are just the same fat solvents that break the coronavirus shell. I use eucalyptus or fir oil instead of a broom, a few drops under the nostrils – and here you are for 10-15 minutes inhalation.

Of course, you need to get used to the steam bath gradually, you should not immediately rush into 100-degree heat, although there are fans of this. I started at about 55-60 C, now I’m warming up at 70-85 C. Usually I do 3-4 sets of 7-10 min., between them necessarily a cold or contrasting shower. Well-being after such a procedure is excellent.

It is clear that not everyone has the opportunity to steam often, but an inhaler can be a substitute. However, its effectiveness is lower and you need to carefully monitor the temperature of the steam, increase it gradually, without experiencing painful sensations. There is an old folk remedy for colds — to breathe over freshly cooked potatoes, this is the most primitive steam inhaler. It would be interesting to try nebulizers with ethyl alcohol and essential oils.

And, of course, more movement, walking in the fresh air. Blood flow increases to the vigorously working heart and lungs, and it is a necessary factor for the prevention of all diseases. Those who force pensioners to isolate themselves at home worsen their resistance to infection, perhaps without knowing it.

5.2. At risk of infection

The strategy of a person who does not suffer from serious illnesses in the fight against coronavirus can be briefly expressed with two slogans

  • Do not be afraid! Fear paralyzes the will, negatively affects the work of the immune system.
  • But also not to lose vigilance! Start antiviral measures at the earliest stage of possible infection.

Therefore, at the slightest symptoms in the throat (especially with loss of smell or taste) I am multiplying all anti-virus measures. The general task is this: to introduce maximum heat into the body.

Now it is no longer 1-1.5, but 2-2.5 liters of hot drink per day. Tea with raspberries, hot milk with butter and honey, herbal preparations are suitable. Disinfectant spray in the throat. There are a lot of them, I usually use proposol. The dosage of expectorants is tripled. Steam bath every day. Breathing exercises 3-5 cycles per day. I add local warming.

Hot foot bath with mustard. Here the doctor will smile happily: the author is completely crazy, his lungs are in danger, and he’s heating his legs. And in vain. For 30-40 minutes of the procedure, almost the entire volume of blood passes through the lower halves of the shins. You can safely warm your feet up to 46 C, and all the blood of your body undergoes heat treatment.

The same effect is given by ordinary mustard plasters, I put them on every other day, and between them — warming ointments on the chest and back. At night – 2 aspirin tablets, wool socks, a warm vest and under a blanket. In the middle of the night I wake up covered in sweat, this is a signal that the body is already well warmed up and sweat increases the heat output.

If the temperature rises, I do not take any special antipyretics. It is not necessary to interfere with the body to fight the virus, a normal person can withstand a temperature of 39.5 С for 3-4 hours without damage, for a short time even more. On the contrary, by lowering the temperature to 36.5 С, you create optimal conditions for the coronavirus to reproduce. Does your head hurt a lot? So cool it down. A cold compress on the forehead (can be with ice) for fever has been known for hundreds of years. And who told you that it would be easy to get sick?

Of course, each of these procedures alone will not cope with the virus. But let it make it difficult for him to live and reproduce at least 5-10%. And let there be not one, but at least 5-7 procedures. The rest will be completed by your native natural immunity.

Important! After the disappearance of all symptoms, warming up cannot be canceled immediately. An untreated disease can flare up with renewed vigor, so I continue to warm my body for a couple more days, and then — according to how I feel.

And what to do for those who have immunity almost at zero, in a warm bath the heart jumps out of the chest, pressure increases from mustard plasters, and back pain does not allow walking? Then — to the doctor. My complex does not exclude going to the doctor at all. Moreover, if relief does not come in 3-4 days, it is necessary to see a doctor. For extensive pneumonia cannot be cured by heat only, stronger means are needed. But if the doctor is late (weekends, for example), I will not waste time, I will apply what is available. I won’t spoil anything with local heat. An experienced doctor will not object to it, unless he corrects it.

It is also useful to get vaccinated if there are no medical contraindications. But you can’t lose your vigilance anyway!!! Extremely rare, but still there are fatal cases even after repeated vaccination. With weak immunity, the body may not give an immune response, you will also have to avoid contact and wait with longing for the epidemic to end.

For many years, medicine has widely used all the remedies described above, but 7 years ago they were ruthlessly deleted from the clinical recommendations, and when the coronavirus appeared, they did not return to them. Previously, I considered this fact a tremendous mistake, now I am more and more inclined to think about a deliberate mercenary crime.

That’s why I placed an image of the plague doctor in front of the article. Doctors stuffed the long «beak» of the helmet with aromatic herbs; their essential oils, as well as now, suppressed many infections. Through millions of deaths, through grief and crying, humanity has found a primitive way by touch, a chance to survive in the plague hell. Is it really in order to thoughtlessly discard it now for the sake of dirty income?

Therefore, it will not be easy for me to draw optimistic conclusions from what is happening. But I’ll try anyway.

6. Conclusion

During the coronavirus panic, there was a lot of shouting that the coronavirus is forever, that humanity is now doomed to eternal isolation and vaccination. This is nonsense. History does not know this. More terrible devastators came, but either disappeared or lost their killing power and turned into a petty dirty trick, immunity training, like the current flu.

But biologists have long noticed that the development of species goes by leaps and bounds, through populations outbreak and falls. There has been an abundant cedar harvest in the taiga for several years in a row – the population of forest mice is growing many times. There are more and more weak, sick persons among them, but they also reproduce, pass on their frail genes — there is enough food. Sable comes to the plentiful food supply, to eat the defective ones, but the mice multiply faster and faster. And suddenly an epidemic breaks out. Mice die out almost completely, sable migrates to other forests. The growth of the mouse population begins again, but these are already somewhat different mice. Such is evolution.

The same is observed in human practice. We have laid out huge gardens, clouds of pests have bred on them, and now we have up to 30 times a season (!!!) treat trees with chemicals. We raise hundreds of thousands of pigs on farms and have been fighting African swine fever for decades. We have created colossal agglomerations, settled millions of people in multi-storey chicken coops, why should we be surprised now when the coronavirus has multiplied on such a wonderful food base?

Please note: the most affected by the epidemic is prosperous America, where skyscrapers were built earlier than others, obesity has long been the norm, and there is so much food that half is thrown away. There is not enough work for the coronavirus in hungry Africa, other infections are relevant there.

And how did you want to? To get fat without physical exertion, to relax between the sofa and the blue screen, to habitually deceive, be greedy and cheat at every step, to forget the bitter experience of the ancestors and with all this to prosper forever? It’s impossible. Evolution is against. And no super-drugs will help against it. Win this coronavirus – others will replace it.

So it seems to me that the time has come for humanity, especially its vanguard, to change itself. Mutate, so to speak, first mentally, and then physiologically. Therefore, I cherish the hope that the current epidemic will be the impetus for a change of intentions, for a new culture of life, when a person himself, from a young age, will improve his body, and an infirm life on pills will become a heavy burden for him. Evolution is a strict lady, although she is generally supportive of people. But you can’t go against its laws.

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