Covid, Shocking Claim by Italian Infectious Diseases Institute: “Risks of Confusion between seasonal Flu and SARS-2 Virus”
by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
Once again Gospa News has hit the mark. In recent days, in fact, we have published the opinion of an Irish science journalist who raised a disturbing doubt: the cases of seasonal flu have disappeared so it may be that the data are confused with those of those infected with the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus. In support of his statements we have published the World Health Organization table which highlighted the disappearance of people infected with the flu since last spring.
Now from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome, the first involved in the fight against the pandemic in Italy since last February which is also a partner for vaccine research with the Reithera company (of the GlaxoSmithKline group), a sensational revelation arrives. “These tests will probably arrive next week” which will allow us to distinguish Covid from the flu, wrote the Adnkronos Italian agency on November 8, taking up the statements made by Professor Francesco Vaia, health director of the Spallanzani Institute in Rome during the broadcast. of national Tv Rai 1 ‘Good morning Wellness’, hosted by Vira Carbone.
“These tests, which are antigenic tests, allow us in a very short time, between 15 and 30 minutes, to know if the subject who undergoes the test has a viral activity from coronavirus or flu type. It is useless to underline the great importance of this test at a time when, unfortunately, the epidemic curve is still in progress and which overlaps the flu curve. It will be very relevant from the point of view of public health ”. The costs of the test “will be very low from 4 to 10 euros”, he adds, communicating that “we will do the experiments”.
It is therefore self-evident that if the tests to distinguish Covid-19 from seasonal flu are arriving only now, it means that so far they have not been used and that, therefore, as highlighted by Gospa News, the possibility of taking fireflies for lanterns is very high.
This may also have happened in consideration of the risks of “false positives” connected to the method of gene amplification of the rhino-pharyngeal swabs used to identify those infected by the new coronavirus strain but, if incorrectly calibrated, able to reveal the positivity to any microbe, such as explained in a previous reportage by Professor Giorgio Palù, academic of Padua and Philadeplhia, for seven years president of the European Society of Virology and founder of the Italian one.
The same concept was reiterated by Dr. Maria Grazia Dondini, general practitioner of Monterenzio, in the province of Bologna (Emilia Romagna), in an interview with webmedia “Nuova Bussola Quotidiana”. “WHO provides the possibility to consult information relating to influenza since April of this year, the flu seems to have practically no longer existed” wrote the journalist, reporting what was anticipated in our previous article.
«Sure. But not only – replies Dr. Dondini – We annually receive the report of the influence of the previous autumn-winter. They delivered it to us in the following autumn, on the occasion of the opening of the flu vaccination campaign. This year, strangely, this report arrived towards the end of February: this means that it had already been decided that all forms of influenza / flu-like should be baptized as COVID-19. The flu has disappeared, along with much more. I am convinced that we are faced with numerous overdiagnoses of COVID-19. We should investigate how these swabs are prepared and remember that the creator of the gene amplification test himself, Dr. Mullis, has always maintained that it should not be used for diagnostic purposes!».
Her conviction is today confirmed by the statements of the director of Spallanzani while in Italy the alarm remains very high with the almost total lockdown in Piedmont, Lombardy and Calabria and the partial lockdown in many other regions that in these hours could be subject to more severe restrictions due to disposition. by the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza even if the data are contradictory. But despite this, the national president of the Order of Doctors insisted on calling for a generalized total closure.
In the meantime, Tuscany and Campania have also been declared a “red zone”, where the alarm was very high especially for the chronic shortage of hospital beds and the terrorist attitude of the governor Vincenzo De Luca, a leading exponent of the Democratic Party which supports the government of premier Giuseppe Conte.
In fact, 37,978 new coronavirus infections have emerged in Italy in the last 24 hours, according to ministerial data, detected thanks to 234,672 swabs carried out in the last day. The currently positive are 635,054 (+21,696), the healed and discharged are 387,758 (+15,645). This number has prompted the GIMBE foundation to sound an alarm bell which analyzing the statistics revealed that the 1% threshold of the infected population has been exceeded, although the symptomatic ones are “about 1/3 of total cases”. That is, about 400 thousand people are asymptomatic: therefore they do not have symptoms of viral infection and therefore, as previously explained by Palù and other experts, “they are not contagious”.
But the death toll in Italy, 636 in one day, which touches the record of 6 April, has raised the level of concern. Intensive care patients also increased, + 89 for a total of 3,170 people in intensive care. While hospitalized with symptoms in ordinary Covid wards have increased by 429 units and are now 29,873.
“Hospital occupancy rates are of particular concern: in 11 Regions the saturation threshold of 40% of beds in the medical area has been exceeded and in another 11 Regions that of 30% for intensive care” said Nino Cartabellotta, President of the GIMBE Foundation that during the broadcast “Melog – The pleasure of doubt” on Radio24 on November 12, however, highlighted that the data are generic and do not take into account, for example, people who are brought to ordinary wards from intensive care or those who have died creating an imprecise multiplication in numbers.
“We have to try to change the ICU version. It is right and correct to say that we need to strengthen them but it is also said that intensive care is not the antechamber of the end of life. In intensive care, one heals “underlines Professor Vaia dello Spallanzani, giving the example of” a 50-year-old priest who came from Albania in a very serious condition, dying and who is cured and is now at home “. This disease, he adds, “gives a short breath but we must not be afraid. We must remain cohesive and united. We recover from this disease, we will make it”.
“On the data of hospitalizations and intensive care: there can be no clarity until it is specified who these people are and what they actually suffer from – specifies Dr. Dondini – It is not clear from the data communicated: this necessary operation is not carried out. definition of admissions. Numbers are simply given, such as the numbers of positive swabs in mostly asymptomatic patients. And this moves away from the real extent of the problem, as long as we have to talk about COVID-19. It is clear that we only want to seek that “.
«The communication was wrong. Terrorizing people can help keep them at home, but at the hospital level managing a panicked population only generates chaos ”. In an interview with newspaper “Libero” Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the San Martino Hospital in Genoa, argues that “if today the health structures are at risk of collapse it is also because they are besieged by thousands of asymptomatic or slightly symptomatic people who could quietly take care of at home and instead storm the emergency rooms, clog the switchboards of hospitals, waste doctors’ time».
«And everything happens because they were frightened by the institutions, which should have reassured them. Covid has been magnified: it is the panic and fear of being intubated that blows up the health system, not the sick. If I receive a hundred phone calls a day from those who are not sick, how do I treat the real patients?» adds the infectious disease specialist, one of the first to remark last month that compared to last spring there are now effective treatments (Remdesivir, cortisone, heparin, hydroxychlorichine, hyper-immune plasma).
“It had to be said that the Corona is doing enormous damage but that the majority of positives are asymptomatic or not very symptomatic and that the virus has a lethality of less than 1% and is especially bad for elderly patients and already compromised health” adds Bassetti, explaining because there are also numerous deaths.
“Because it is a bad infection – admits the infectious disease specialist – and there are many factors: genetics, health conditions, the state of the immune defenses at the time of the infection, the introjected viral load. But even before the appearance of Covid, pneumonia contracted outside the hospital was the fifth leading cause of death in the world, and also killed 50-year-olds and children”.
Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
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