Yale epidemiologist Harvey Risch has said that 80% to 85% of U.S. COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented by giving outpatients early treatment with available medications. COVID-19 deaths so far have been estimated at 750,000. Eighty-five percent of that comes to 637,500, which is approximately the traditional estimate of military fatalities during the Civil War, counting both sides.

Instead of concentrating entirely on vaccination, our public health authorities ought to have publicized available medications. Dr. Risch has a list of them. When my as-yet-unvaccinated cousin Sally suffered with the virus, she was prescribed only vitamins. How could that have happened in the 21st century? Luckily Sally pulled through.

Perhaps the basic problem here is that our public health authorities do not treat patients. That is what I have heard from “front-line” doctors who do treat patients and report considerable success with available medications.


Centreville, Va.

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