I apologize for following the whole COVID thing like a sporting event.   There are too many players here to call winners and losers.  One site I’ve visited religiously through it all is that of Johns Hopkins.  Pretty good school, rejected me for a rheumatology fellowship.  But if you go to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (1) you can get the straight dope on Mr. Corona.  Your best bet there is to go to “Impact of closings decisions by state”.  Set up to track all the nonsense things governors have done to “control” the outbreak, their data are pretty straight.  You can type in your state, or any other in which you are interested, and there are the curves: infections and deaths.  I’ve logged into this site almost daily, following those numbers like sports scores.

Here’s what they say about Michigan tonight (November 7th):

So, more infections.  Ooh scary

But who’s dying?  Creeping up a little, but not bad.

Nothing like the last 3 waves.  As expected, the more the virus mutates, the less lethal it becomes (much to the chagrin of the boys and girls in the Wuhan lab).

Another site has drawn my attention recently, and is worth yours.  With the ever wider application of a stab that was never rigorously tested for toxicity, it behooves someone to collect data on what happens to these people.  Like Nancy Pelosi spoke about Obamacare “We have to pass it to know what’s in it”.  What seems to be in the offing for recipients of the vaxx is an endless chain of misery (without a great deal of protection).  Having those spike proteins circulating may not be such a good thing.  VAERS is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System put in place in 1990 to collect voluntary reports of adverse reactions after any vaccine. The outfit OpenVAERS (2) builds from the HHS data available for download at As they state, this voluntary reporting system may account for only 1% of vaccine injuries.  So oh my.

So, if you’ll allow me an editorial opinion, let me quote the late great Nancy Reagan as a piece of advice about the vaxx:

On the back of the t-shirt I constructed (“I like the nucleic acids God gave me”) I added a table after Nancy’s picture

I hope you are all keeping vaxx free and healthy. Hydroxychloroquine (3) and ivermectin (4) are great ways to protect yourself against the virus-spewing vaxxed (5) among you, the bastards.

A day after I first posted this, I came across a devastating article that strongly bolsters a feeling I’ve had for a while, a grave disappointment in how my old profession has handled the pandemic and its aftermath. I haven’t mingled with docs treating patients for nearly 3 years, so I don’t know what my old chums have been doing. I’m pleased to report in my recent visit with my new primary physician, he did not try to push the jab on me, respecting my reservations. But overall, what docs have pushed has not been good (6). So many things have been crushed by this pandemic. I hope the shining jewel of American medicine doesn’t become one of them. Already, it’s a bit tarnished.


1.         Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. Coronavirus Resource Center.

2.         OpenVAERS

3.         Ike B. HCQ HQ.  Posted 11/6/21

4.         Ike B. dewormer – Imovec™, Stromectol™.  Posted 9/6/21

5.         Singanavagam A, Dunning J, Madon KJ et al.  Community transmission and viral load kinetics of the SARS-CoV-2 delta (B.1.6172) variant in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in the UK: a prospective, longitudinal, cohort study.  Lancet Infectious Diseases.  Published online October 28, 2021

6.         Kunstler JH.  Medicine Wants to Kill You.  The Blue State Conservative 11/9/21.

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

4 thoughts on “scorecards

  1. I don’t see how anyone can recommend an experimental vaccine for which there have been no long term safety trials and for which the manufacturers have exemption from legal liability.

    And the vax cultists call _us_ irresponsible and dangerous.


  2. I am told by my vascular surgeon buddy that most physicians are protocol-followers and only skim abstracts of articles outside their specialty.

    As someone who is non-medical, this raises some questions. If most physicians aren’t up on the science around vaccines (which requires looking at the data and not merely the abstracts), how can they ethically recommend the vaccines? And if most doctors merely follow practice and hospital protocols instead of looking at the data around treatment for covid, how can the public trust them to know what they are doing?

    I have read (not skimmed) over 1,000 journal articles from LancetFraud, New England Journal of Misinformation, Annals of Internal Misinformation, Cardiology, Pathology, Immunology, Virology, Nutrition (zinc and vitamin D studies of risk and treatment of covid), Physics (on mask dynamics), etc., etc., etc. It invariably happens that some clown with an MD who I know hasn’t read up on covid has the nerve to ask for my credentials and I know that he’s incompetent on the subject because I HAVE read up.

    I know that covid is primarily a coagulopathic disease, not a respiratory disease, and that immune response plays into the coagulopathy. And that vitamin D analogs play an important role in turning off inflammation after an infection has been cleared locally. And that the vitamin D metabolite, calcifediol, is present in the blood at levels from hundreds to about 1000 times as much as calcitriol (which is called the “active” vitamin D analog). And that calcifediol only has 10% of the activity of calcitriol on vitamin D receptors, although calcifediol likely has a greater impact on VDRs because of its very high relative concentration in the blood. And that immune cells can produce calcitriol for local use by other immune cells if calcifediol levels are adequate (> 50 ng/ml). And that calcifediol is also known by the name “25OHD”. I’m sure that the vitamin D info is well-known in your specialty.

    I rely primarily on Malcolm Kendrick, Swiss Policy Research, c19hq, covexit as my secondary sources to locate papers I need to read. I have added Matthew Crawford (a statistician) and Alex Berenson. Harvey Risch is an old favorite.

    It seems that the vaccines are getting some very smart people like Malone and Kulldorf and Healy to take a second look at HCQ and IVM.

    Zelenko, Bryan Tyson, George Fareed, Brian Procter, and other prescribers of HCQ are evidence that GPs can speak from experience about outpatient treatment for covid. And that their expertise is vastly underrated. Risch was exceptional in realizing this.

    And Chetty looks to have added to the treatment options with antihistamines.

    Chris Masterjohn’s articles are always informative, too.

    And now I’m also following your blog.

    I send links to interesting journal articles about covid to my vascular surgeon buddy and we discuss the articles.


  3. I applaud your dogged pursuit of the truth, CovidPilot. Having been immersed in academic medicine over 45 years, starting with my luck-out entry into the elite University of Chicago, I can understand the 2 main trends hampering better performance by physicians around COVID, at least in academic medical centers (AMC). First, the disparaging of those docs scrounging out a living on their own having been unfortunate not to land a cush spot at an AMC has gone on non-stop since I first put my toe in the water. How can those guys know anything? They’re more interested in money than knowledge. I’m sure if I were still working and quoted Zelenko or McCullogh on rounds I’d meet derisive laughter. While some commitment to advancing knowledge is expected at an AMC, that usually pertains just to one’s own special area of interest. “Knowing more and more about less and less until you know everything about nothing”. And there never seems to be enough time left in the day to pursue emerging curiosities. That said, I did work with some good, smart, broadly curious people, like my young friend Jason, who is busy in his lab sorting out the mechanisms by which COVID (and the vaxx) drives coagulation, which looks an awful lot like what happens in some of our diseases (i.e. lupus and the anti-phospholipid syndrome).

    I was fortunate to stumble so slowly into med schoolthat I had a year to kill before entry so I did a masters in microbiology. That got me into virology, and virology bench research, which I kept at into my fellowship. I doubt I ever would have unpacked that experience had it not been for COVID. Ex- players tend to be the most avid fans, so maybe that’s why I’m enjoying my seat on the sidelines.

    I will print put your message and check out those names with which I’m not already familiar. Most of my COVID reading time these days is plowing through RFK Jr’s excellent and disturbing book

    Merry Christmas and wishes for an improved New Year


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