CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS –1/23/2022
A QUICK NOTE. NO LOCAL IMPROVEMENT YET.
J. Harris — A Remembrance:
Having an infection probably builds more antibodies to that infection than does a vaccine — this is if the illness is survived. Should this “natural” immunization occur, hopefully, the victim won’t have any significant long-term dysfunctions due to the original illness. Additionally, should the original causative organism later mutate and render the old antibodies partially or completely worthless, reinfection might occur, and it does. Just like the Influenza vaccines, Covid Vaccines may require additions, subtractions, and repeat injections.
I’d rather have a Polio Vaccine than Polio, or a Measles Vaccine rather than Measles. I won’t mention Small Pox. Absolutely the “sickest” and one of the most tragic patients that I ever cared for was at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, just about the time we opened the first ICU there in an old pediatric diarrhea ward in the mid-1960s. A young boy, 18, a large, muscular, football player, caught Chicken Pox and it spread into his lungs. Fortunately, Parkland had a fabulous Pulmonary Department with several well-trained Pulmonologists (Internal Medicine trained plus 2 years of Pulmonary subspeciality). We even had several newfangled “Bird” IPPB Machines to help patients breathe.
Alas, the young man’s viral Pox Pneumonia spread to both lungs despite 24-hour care with physicians, med students, nurses, Pulmonary Tecs, nursing students, the chaplains — every who could add anything. The entire medical service was aware of his case and was pulling for him. There were no “antibiotics” for viruses at that time, (and not many even now). His lungs became so “stiff” that no amount of alternations (and repairs) to the Bird IPPB Machines would force air into his lungs and after several miserable, agonizing days, he died. He had childhood immunity against Chicken Pox, and there was no vaccine for Chicken Pox until the 1990s. He must have been an only child; Chicken Pox is so contagious that it was hard not to catch it in childhood when it was a milder disease. Thankfully, the Chicken Pox Vaccine has saved millions of cases including some that would have developed pneumonia. The pathology of our long-ago Parkland patient’s destroyed, gunk-filled, inelastic lungs is very similar to that seen in the lungs of severe Covid patients today.
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