COVID Treatment in Hawaii that doesn’t get much attention

The United States has the lowest COVID vaccination rate among all of the developed countries. Vaccine distrust get the blame for this low vaccination rate. Some would say vaccine distrust gets the credit for this low rate. I am going to bring you some information that I just found out this morning. I follow local news, maybe not as diligently as I should, but I am reasonably well informed about what the news media wants me to know. I had never heard of monoclonal antibody treatment before today when I was flipping through the tv stations seeking news of COVID. I never knew about this treatment and in my experience if I don’t know something there is at least one other person who also does not know what we need to know.

This treatment is not a replacement for the vaccine. It is given by infusion, or intravenously on an outpatient basis within the first 10 days of a COVID infection for people with mild to moderate infections. The experts on the tv program were sidestepping questions the way they do when they seem to be hiding something, so I never got a straight answer when one of them was asked, “why not for serious infections in the hospital. Shouldn’t they get it first?” What I got out of the eventual answer was that after 10 days, or after an infection is serious enough to require hospitalization, this treatment clashes with the patient’s needs at that point. However, if the COVID infection is caught early it reduces the rate of of hospitalization by as much as 80%. This number is not a hard and fast number because the scientists are still learning, but the main point is that people who aren’t in the hospital are more likely to stay out of the hospital if they get this treatment.

Hawaii specific COVID news

The linked article will explain that a site for this treatment is now open in Hilo and there is a site on Oahu. Amazingly, I could not find an article that was written in October so all of the information appears to be a month old. You would think a basic search would bring the newest information to the top of the list during a health crisis, or at a time when a situation is hovering around the crisis level. The take aways:

  1. The treatment is very much in demand and there is a limited supply. (Say what?). There are states that have a lower vaccination rate than Hawaii’s 70% overall population rate so these states get more of the meds and doctors are being careful about who gets the treatment. They did not use the word “ration” but that is the undertone. I am not using the word “ration” either, I am just noting that this situation could result in doctors picking and choosing who gets help and who does not.
  2. Monoclonal antibody treatment is not a substitute for the vaccine and vice versa. The vaccine is not a substitute for monoclonal antibody treatment. You can be vaccinated and have a break through case. We have been told that the vaccine makes COVID infections less severe. If this is true I would expect that any vaccinated person who tests positive for COVID is likely to not need hospitalization. This treatment sounds like it would be ideal for breakthrough cases. We shall see how things develop.
  3. The treatment is not FDA approved but it has been authorized for emergency use. I am not qualified to even give an opinion about what I think this means, I am just passing along what I heard.
  4. People who are not open to being vaccinated are much more likely to be willing to accept this treatment. Maybe it is easy to say no to vaccination until you get sick. Then, you get sick and find out this thing is real and you need all the help you can get. Ok, I guess I do feel qualified to talk about how opinionated people reason. I am something of an expert on the thinking process of those with strong views. IMHO, lol.
  5. I have observed that people do not seek medical attention until they are really in a bad place. Do you know when to seek medical attention? Seek medical attention when you feel silly for being such an overreactor to your symptoms. I remember the time I called a doctor on a Sunday, all apologetic. As I was hesitantly giving my symptoms over the phone she interrupted with “Get to the hospital!” I was surprised at the urgency, but I obeyed. At the hospital I was again unprepared to hear how serious things were because I never would have thought I was that bad off, considering I felt (kinda) ok, but not really. That was years ago about something entirely unrelated, but I think the lesson is important.
  6. If you feel going to the emergency room is ridiculous, that is the perfect time to get going. Do not wait until you are positive you need to be hospitalized. If you can still breathe without intervention, you want to keep breathing. If you think you might need help to breath based on the way you are feeling, by then it is likely that 10 days of infection will have passed and you will be ineligible for the infusion treatment. Or, the COVID is too serious for the treatment to be effective. No one who needs oxygen gets the treatment. If you cannot breathe well without assistance your situation is serious.

Do you know when to seek medical attention? Seek medical attention when you feel silly for being such an overreactor to your symptoms.

Caroleena, drawing from a long ago personal crisis. The doctor interrupted her Sunday morning phone call during which she was apologetically listing her symptoms when the doctor broke in and shouted ‘get to the hospital!’

One response to “COVID Treatment in Hawaii that doesn’t get much attention”

  1. There are many antiviral cocktails being given to outpatients or used at home.

    Zelenko has one protocol, Tyson has a similar protocol, McCullough has one. Procter another.

    They all have had excellent results–their relative benefit is much better than the average outcome in their community.

    There’s no reason to panic if you know what to do. I haven’t masked for a year. I spent hours in bars and got covid and recovered within 24 hours of treatment with elderberry concentrate, zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin C. I make sure I get vitamin D sun exposure and I supplement with zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin C.

    Again, no reason to panic. Remember the Bene Gesserit lesson from “Dune”: “Fear is the mind killer.”


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