Medical Science: COVID-19 - Amid Drums of War

Just as fears of COVID-19 are easing, new anxieties are arising about war with Russia. Are you prepared? Americans must not assume that the war is just "over there" and like COVID should prepare over here.


The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) announced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) would, if passed, "allow President Joe Biden to deploy American troops to defend Ukraine if Russia uses chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons. The President would be authorized to "determine if Russia has used WMDs."


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Under the 2002 AUMF, the U.S. invaded Iraq based on the claim that it had WMDs. Perhaps it had them, but they were never found.

Some say that COVID-19 is a biological weapon. Is it? If so, what is the source? China has been accused. Russia has not. How could we be sure that a virus was released as a weapon, and what would be the appropriate response?

And what about leaks? Many safety lapses and violations have been documented at U.S. biosafety laboratories that conduct research on dangerous agents and toxins. The formerly Soviet labs in Ukraine have purportedly been converted to peaceful research, but U.S. Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland expressed concerns about them.

Putin has indeed threatened the use of nuclear weapons under certain circumstances and has placed nuclear forces on combat-ready status. The Wall Street Journal ran an Apr 27 commentary titled "The U.S. Should Show It Can Win a Nuclear War."

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Blowback from economic sanctions on Russia could cause severe damage to the American dollar, and food shortages are probable due to loss of grain and fertilizer from Russia and Ukraine.

What can Americans do? They must not assume that the war is just "over there" or that supplying weapons and training to Ukraine does not make the U.S. a belligerent rather than a neutral party. Pay attention to what other nations are doing. Germans are being advised to "have candles in your house." The Swiss are checking their shelter stocks.

        While stocking up on toilet paper, don't forget:

·         Water

·         Staples and canned goods

·         Cash in case ATMs and credit cards don't work

·         Essential medications (about 90% of drugs come from China)

·         Emergency lighting (flashlight batteries, candles)

·         Information on nuclear weapons effects

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  Further information:

·         Physicians for Civil Defense archives and information on expedient radiation detection

·         Doctors for Disaster Preparedness archives, including emergency medical kit

·         DDP's COVID medical kit, as COVID is likely here to stay

·         Radiation monitoring instruments and potassium iodide:



Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989.

She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fifth editions of Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Wolters Kluwer. She authored books for school children, Professor Klugimkopf's Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf's Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine. 

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More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and non-hazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

If you would like to discuss these issues, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

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