I'm currently working on the story of how India beat the coronavirus. Except that they didn't of course. They had it beat with ayurvedic medicine by September 2020 and then they started a new spike in February/March 2021 with their vaccine roll out and blew it!. It's called Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE).
I started working on the story last year before the new spike and I'm trying to finish the story of how they beat it up to 9th March 2021. I'm doing a report for each state and Union Territory. There are 36 in all. There's a fascinating story to be told for each one. Kerala for instance had one of the worst infection rates yet one of the lowest mortality rates among the infected. You can see my reports for Bihar (within sight of the Himalayas) and Kerala (right down south) here: https://www.seignalet-plus.com/coronavirus-state-by-state-in-india-herd-immunity-within-sight/.
Innovative Intensive Care Unit strategies which saved many lives in both states.
It takes me a day to do each report. I have to first check the statistics compiled by my Indian helpers to make sure they are accurate. Then I have to sift through the statistics and read the media reports to see what was going on. I have to find the reason for the low or high infection rate and the low or high mortality rate. Sometimes it doesn't add up. I had the mean serum vitamin d level for Chandigarh down as 37 ng/ml. Highly sufficient and if true it would be joint highest with Madya Pradesh. I was wracking my brains trying to figure out why they had such a high infection rate ( 1 in 51) and high mortality rate among the infected (1 in 63). I looked again at my source for the vitamin d level. It was baloney. 6 other reliable sources were giving it as around 16 ng/ml. Severely deficient. Doh!
Rajasthan is a total anomaly. It's so hot that people only go out in the morning and evenings. That translates to severe vitamin d deficiency. Mean serum vitamin d level of 15 ng/ml. Yet they had the second lowest rate of infection in India. At first sight it totally blows out of the water the theory that it's the vitamin d level that affects infection rates and mortality. So I interviewed someone from Rajasthan and now I know why they had such a low infection rate. I call it the "Rajashtan miracle". (Clue: the Indian national institute of Ayurveda is in Jaipur, the capital). I hope to have the report up by the end of this week.
I'm really struggling to finish this now that lockdown is (pretty much) over in the UK because I have a day job. Suppliers let me down this week and I had to cancel some bookings so my India report get's a new lease of life. I will post up the 15 states and UT's that I've finished by Friday I hope. Then I will just have to post the reports up when I can find time to finish them. Hopefully about 3 a week.
I have outlines of how China, Vietnam and Thailand all beat the coronavirus in 2020. By the time I get to post those stories up hopefully the rona will be behind us (will we all be dying from the effects of the jab?) and so those stories will be stale and won't get much attention. A bit like my article on fasting which I sweated over for months and which no-one ever reads. Some of my best work. Posted 4 years ago: https://www.seignalet-plus.com/fasting-seignalet-diet/
The problem is that I really research things in depth and so I can't post blog articles and videos as frequently as I would like. I usually take 4 to 6 weeks off around January time and that's when I have time to set up my studio and make a few videos. I look at Amazing Polly with her huge following and it would be easy to be envious. She manages to post something up every week and it's always a great story. Then I tell myself that she has been doing it for years and she must have struggled at the start just like I am doing and then I tell myself that instead of being envious I should take her as my inspiration.
I'm trying to decide which of 6 research projects I should do next. So I have set up a poll on my website for Subscribestar subscribers. Choose my next project!