COVID-19: Disease Hitting a Brick Wall in Mexico City

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What will you do if you get COVID while waiting in line for the vaccine, or even after? If you are in Mexico City, you will be treated with ivermectin where studies show a considerable drop in positive cases.

As of Dec 29, this long-established drug has been used in COVID-positive patients, and soon thereafter death rates started to plummet, as the graphic shows. By Jan 22, about 50,000 doses had been delivered.


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Mexico City is following the example of the state of Chiapas, which saw cases drop by two-thirds after it started using ivermectin on Aug 1, as Dr. Pierre Kory told the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Dec 8.

It is too soon to see whether vaccinations decrease the rate of COVID hospitalizations or deaths. In the U.S., these are still rising, and the official policy on early treatment is still therapeutic nihilism. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) did update its long-standing recommendation against ivermectin to “neutral.” It considers the evidence from 39 trials, all favorable, to be insufficient.

We are already seeing adverse side effects from the vaccine. Some 151 deaths shortly following (but not necessarily caused by) the vaccine have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). A nurse who cares for nursing home residents describes deterioration in his patients’ mobility and cognition after their second dose.


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Between Dec 14 and Dec 18, about 272,001 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were administered and 3,150 “Health Impact Events” were recorded (1.1%). The CDC’s definition of Health Impact Events is “unable to perform normal daily activities, unable to work, required care from doctor or health care professional.” It is not known how serious or long-lasting the events were. When people receive the vaccine, they will receive information on signing up for the V-safe program.

It is not known whether the vaccine would prevent or ameliorate the disease if taken after exposure. It is also not known whether vaccinated persons can transmit disease, according to the Robert Koch Institute. Vaccinated persons can be treated if they get COVID.

Head-to-head comparisons between long-term results of early treatment versus vaccination are not being done.



For some vulnerable populations, such as prison inmates, it is too late for vaccination. In one Arizona prison, more than half the inmates tested positive for COVID-19 in early December. AAPS has a asked Arizona governor Doug Ducey to facilitate making ivermectin available in prisons and other high-risk settings.

        For further information, see:

·         A Home-Based Guide to COVID Treatment

·         c19protocols.com.


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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. 

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. or (520) 323-3110.

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