By Richard Warren Lipack
ATLANTA, GA, April 16, 2020 /Neptune100/ —
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Image 1 – View Here – N95 mask showing result of apparent bacteria spores coming in contact w/ 5-6 drops of iodine diluted in 4 oz water and sprayed on front and back surfaces – after returning from hospital X-ray room.
Image 2 – View Here – Used N95 mask that acquired apparent bacteria spores shown above unused N95 mask and applicator bottle of 4 oz water DILUTED with 5-6 iodine drops sprayed on mask above store bought iodine in bottle.
Image 3 – View Here – Close-up 3200 DPI scan of one of 3 apparent bacteria spores that water DILUTED iodine appears to have killed on N95 mask. Note tiny patterned holes in mask, which air passes through.
Image 4 – View Here – Combined close-up images showing at various densities the inside of the N95 mask where apparent incoming bacteria spores were killed by water DILUTED iodine sprayed on both mask sides.
Image 5 – View Here – Various N95, N99 and N100 rated respirator face masks along with UV-C ultra violet light sanitizing wand and applicator bottle of water with DILUTED iodine beside a bottle of store bought iodine.
As the Coronavirus / COVID-19 spreads across both the US and the world, the public has been subjected to a continuing barrage of contradictory advice that has come from well-respected government organizations such as the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and the WHO (World Health Organization). This advice applies to the value of wearing face masks, social distancing and other protective measures and does not even include some tested and time-proven strategies.
Their advice has been based on a continually-changing set of studies of the way that the virus is spread, how long it can remain in the air, how long it can persist on surfaces and the results from what have turned out to be faulty test kits.
The CDC has started celebrating the leveling-off of the infection rate and claiming that it is the result of their “social distancing” guidelines. They have not mentioned or factored-in the sudden and dramatic increase in the widespread use of masks in violation of their own guidelines as the probable cause of this leveling off in transmission and infections.
This report summarizes and updates these results and presents some well-researched and time-proven suggestions that can provide protection from the virus but that have not received widespread public attention.
In 2013 and 2018 the CDC funded research on the use of Ultra Violet Light (UV) in quickly destroying bacteria and viruses but they have consistently failed to mention these successful studies in their recommendations. Despite their failure to recommend the use of UV light, many hospitals and even the New York City fire department have chosen to use it.
Many studies show the efficacy of very diluted iodine in instantly destroying viruses but so far it has not been mentioned or recommended by any governmental agency. Sprayed on masks diluted iodine can dramatically increase their ability to protect their wearers and nearby people from any virus particles and allow reuse of the masks; but nobody has suggested it to the public.
This report is a plea for publication of these life-saving methods of destroying the virus. Lives are being lost and families broken apart by the failure of the agencies tasked with protecting them to publicize these techniques.
DETAILED EXPLANATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
DISPERSION AND PERSISTENCE OF THE VIRUS:
As the Coronavirus / COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, many people are starting to wear respirator masks in public as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 infection despite the lack of detailed guidance from any governmental institution.
It is widely known that virus can remain airborne up to 2-3 hours. However, as of April 3rd, 2020, in a letter to the White House Dr. Harvey Fineberg of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reported that “While the current [coronavirus] specific research is limited, the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of the virus from normal breathing,” and new research reveals that just talking and breathing could be spreading the coronavirus.
Dr. Fineberg, who is also a former Harvard School of Public Health dean, appeared on CNN discussing the letter sent to the Trump Administration, explaining that aerosolized coronavirus droplets are capable of lingering in the air and infecting anyone who walks by them for hours. A Chinese report found that “virus particles could be found in the ventilation systems in hospital rooms of patients with COVID-19.”
Concurrently at the time Dr. Fineberg’s conceived his letter about the dispersion of aerosolized COVID-19, The New York Post reported that MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba had published a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association that warned that current guidelines widely parroted by medical experts are based on outdated models from the 1930’s.
Having researched the dynamics of coughs and sneezes for years, Dr. Bourouiba warned that “pathogen-bearing droplets of all sizes can travel 23 to 27 feet.” She warned that current guidelines may be “overly simplified” and “may limit the effectiveness of the proposed interventions” …..against the rage of deadly Coronavirus.
In response to these developments, and in an apparent effort by the CDC to maintain the agency’s credibility following their mismanaged 37 day-long period of dispatching defective COVID-19 test kits to medical providers and their long-standing position against the use of N95 masks, the CDC announced that it was preparing revised guidelines on the use of such masks at the same time that President Trump mentioned the use of masks at his April 3, 2020 press conference.
Later that Friday, the CDC contradicted their prior position and in their new published directive, the CDC merely recommended that people should make or acquire and use home made non-N95 grade face masks. The CDC then went on to state that “the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
This is all contrary to what the WHO, the allied agency collaborating with the CDC, cited on January 14, 2020, which stated that “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel “coronavirus (2019-nCoV).”
Disinformation and the consistent lack of factual data coming from these two agencies at the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly led to the loss of many lives.
On March 24, the CDC announced that that their virologists went onboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess on which over 700 people had tested positive for COVID-19. It was quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, Japan two weeks after its COVID-19 infected passengers had vacated the ship. The team found still-dangerous traces of COVID-19 on ship surfaces indicating that COVID-19 could last on smooth surfaces for up to 17 days.
In the weeks leading up to this new finding, the general lifespan for Coronavirus on smooth surfaces had been thought to be only up to 4 days and then this was changed to 9 days. As new research continues these findings may change again.
The CDC and WHO studies apply to the airborne capabilities of COVID-19 Coronavirus as it exists inside ocean liners and large buildings like shopping malls, office buildings and large stores. They all share air that circulates through central air circulating and air conditioning systems.
These systems have filters and filtration. Bacterial spores and viruses can pass into the filters where they collect, build up, combine, fester and accumulate. They may then break away from the filters into the air where they remain suspended for hours.
In the central air circulatory systems of public buildings and ships, bacteria living in the membrane or mesh of a filter live for hours and perhaps days and merge with non-living airborne viruses. The “2-3 hours” airborne survival of a virus actually is extended when it merges with the living bacteria and moisture in a central air circulatory system. This results in a longer infectious period for viruses combined with bacterial spores as they replicate without bounds. Coronavirus that has combined with bacteria persists in an ever-changing environment as it clings to the filters and ductwork or becomes airborne within the air circulating system.
New and emerging Coronavirus strains continually develop as new infected persons enter a building or ship and cough or sneeze in the constantly recycled circulating air.
This action can be said to ‘refuel’ the constantly mutating Coronavirus within the closed central air circulating system of a building or ship.
With new findings surrounding Coronavirus coming forth almost daily, and shattering previously established beliefs and guidelines, concern, uncertainty and fear over the spread of COVID-19 is now increasing.
THE SAD AND DEADLY HISTORY OF CONFLICTING MESSAGES ABOUT MASKS
Recommendations from the CDC regarding the use of “Social Distancing” as a method to slow the spread of the virus are continually repeated. Face masks have been recommended only for healthcare workers and recommendations that the public wear face masks have been very slow in emerging. This has resulted in many infections that could have been prevented.
The use of surgical masks to protect the wearer from infection has been recognized by the FDA for many years. The “N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks (Face Masks)” section of the U.S. FOOD and Drug Administration website. specifically states that: “N95 respirators and surgical masks (face masks) are examples of personal protective equipment that are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face.” Note that the word “wearer” and not the words “health-care-personnel” is used.
Nowhere in the FDA guidelines does it say that N95 masks are to be used only by healthcare workers or by a sick person to protect others from the sick person’s cough or sneeze spewing out pathogens.
The FDA website also goes on to state: “It is important to recognize that the optimal way to prevent airborne transmission is to use a combination of interventions from across the hierarchy of controls, not just PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) alone.”
The public statements of the CDC and other expert bodies regarding their stance on the public’s use of N95 respirators and face masks need to be coordinated with the statements of the FDA and then examined by all concerned before making them public.
On February 29, Jerome M. Adams, agency head of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office said in a tweet:
“Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching Coronavirus, but if health care providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
In Elisabeth Buchwald’s March 2nd Marketwatch article she writes: “The CDC said last month it doesn’t recommend people use face masks, making the announcement on the same day that first case of person-to-person transmission of coronavirus was reported in the U.S.”
In a Jan. 30 briefing CDC director Dr. Nancy Messonnier stated: “We don’t routinely recommend the use of face masks by the public to prevent respiratory illness. And we certainly are not recommending that at this time for this new virus.”
The CDC maintained that N95 masks protect against small particles and large droplets, but did not recommend their use to abate COVID-19 spread probably because they wanted to dissuade people from hoarding them and reducing their availability for health professionals.
Alex Azar, Secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services reported that the national emergency stockpile contains only 12 million N95 respirator masks and 30 million non-N95 rated surgical face masks. According to an estimate by the HHS, widely reported in early March 2020, medical workers will require 3.5 billion face masks over a year’s span: If the current COVID-19 crisis in America reaches widespread pandemic proportions. The WHO reported that it did become a pandemic on March 11th.
The New York Times reported on March 25th, that “about 100 million masks in the stockpile were deployed in 2009 in the fight against the H1N1 flu pandemic, and the government never replaced them.”
The WHO, which actually is an adjunct agency under the United Nations – recently cited the best way to fit a mask to one’s face, but cautioned: “However, the use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide the adequate level of protection and other equally relevant measures should be adopted.”
Executive Director Dr. Michael J. Ryan, who overseas the WHO health emergency program, also recently parroted the notion masks primarily prevent a infected person from passing disease to another.
Ryan stated: “There are limits to how a mask can protect you from being infected,” and continued: “The most important thing everyone can do is wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face and observe very precise hygiene.”
In a March 29th story on Marketwatch entitled: “Will coronavirus survive airborne? A link was provided to a Feb. 3, 2020 “3M Technical Data Bulletin Release # 174” entitled “Respiratory Protection for Airborne Exposures to Biohazards.” The study stated that N95 rated masks indeed helped filter viruses larger than 0.1 micrometers. Since the coronavirus is 0.125, a N95 mask will help filter it out.
In the March 5th issue of “Live Science”, Dr. William Schaffner, a Tennesee-based Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist claimed that N95 respirators can actually protect against the new coronavirus because it is thicker than a standard surgical mask, but, it also stated “neither Schaffner nor the CDC recommend it for public use, at least not at this point.”
Essentially in a nutshell, the FDA categorically states that people should wear masks to protect against incoming bacterial pathogens, while every other agency and many doctors claim the opposite and maintain that masks are not necessary. Vanderbilt’s Dr. Schaffner, as stated above tended to vacillate on his position.
All of these confused and conflicting messages about the use of masks have already doomed thousands to contract the virus and many of them will die because, outside of the FDA, the CDC, NIH and WHO could not issue consistent and even common-sense information for the public’s guidance.
THE SAD AND DEADLY HISTORY OF SCREENING TESTS
The New York Times March 28th / 29th article entitled “The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19” states that “Aggressive screening might have helped contain the coronavirus in the United States but technical flaws, regulatory hurdles and lapses in leadership let it spread undetected for weeks.” The lengthy article danced around the CDC failure to provide properly working test kits between the initial Feb. 4, 2020 website announcement and March 10, 2020, when new kits were made available.
The sad and deadly bottom-line is that most of the test kits dispatched during a 37 day span were defective. The March 16th issue of The New Yorker magazine featured a major article on the defective test kits, stating: “In February, as a first set of covid-19 test kits sent out by the Centers for Disease Control failed to work properly, labs around the country scrambled to fill the void.”
The fact that the COVID-19 test kits were defective during this period prevented any datasets on the rate of infection from being analyzed and presented to the public. Thus, in the eyes of the general public, Coronavirus was not a threat and for the public it was business as usual – with no realization of the impending COVID-19 threatening disaster.
NEW HOPE: LITTLE-KNOWN AND POORLY PUBLICIZED
UV-C light is a particular wavelength of ultra-violet light that quickly destroys viruses and bacteria instantly.
In April 2013 the “Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology” journal cited a CDC-funded project at Duke University that supported and expanded upon previously-published studies that confirmed the effectiveness of automated UV-C-emitting devices for decontamination of targeted pathogens from patient rooms using UV-C technology.
A June 5, 2018 CIDRAP News report titled: “UV-light cleaning shown to cut superbugs hospital-wide,” …detailed another CDC-funded UV-C technology study at Duke University. It found that adding short-wavelength ultraviolet-C light to standard hospital room cleaning tasks decreased hospital-wide incidence of two commonly found healthcare-associated bacterial infections.
The study further explained a UV-C device emitted a strong dose of UV light into an unoccupied hospital room. The light waves killed bacteria by disrupting the molecular bonds that hold the bacterial DNA together. Other studies have confirmed similar effectiveness of UV-C against viruses.
The CDC, which funded Duke University’s UV-C experiments both in 2013 and 2018 – clearly saw how effective UV-C was. Since that time, hospitals in the US and throughout the world have been using these devices to disinfect hospital rooms_ Outdoor equipment stores even sell them for quickly making contaminated water safe to drink. But to date, even after they funded studies leading to these applications, the CDC has made NO formal recommendation for use of such equipment today on their website.
UV-C disinfecting and sanitizing lights that have been shown (but not publicized) by the CDC to be highly effective against viruses and bacteria can be obtained easily on the internet from many sources. Simply Googling UV-C disinfecting lights will reveal many options of both portable battery-powered wands and larger units capable of disinfecting entire rooms at prices ranging from $25 to $250.
Longstanding findings clearly support the efficacy of UV-C ultra violet technology for destroying pathogens. Federal and state governmental agencies must adopt standardized requirements for the installation of UV-C light sterilization technology into all central air circulation and air conditioning systems in publicly accessed buildings. Severe penalties must be levied for noncompliance in order to safeguard against future deadly viruses or bio-weapon strains.
TWO DRAMATIC SOLUTIONS FOR MASKS AND THEIR USE
Many medical personnel use UV-C lights to disinfect medical supplies, masks and instruments.
The UV-C disinfecting and sanitizing lights can be used to disinfect the insides and outsides of N95 and other masks after exposure to each patient and thus to dramatically extend the usefulness of these masks. This is particularly important during a time when there is a shortage of masks. UV-C light can be used to disinfect and destroy viruses on all types of commercially-made and homemade masks but this information has not appeared in any current CDC, NIH, WHO or FDA reports or in any public media.
There are several good ways to destroy viruses on clothing and surfaces. Spraying these items with disinfectant sprays consisting of Hydrogen Peroxide, Tylex which is approximately a 1-part bleach to 50-parts water solution or a solution of very DILUTED iodine can destroy viruses almost instantaneously.
Spraying masks with very DILUTED iodine appears to be the only treatment that can be used on masks because the hydrogen-peroxide dries and loses its effectiveness and the Tylex or bleach smell too badly to use on masks. The diluted iodine remains capable of destroying the virus even when dried to its original crystalline state on the surface of the mask.
As a test of the effectiveness of disinfecting masks with a spray, the author wore a N95 face mask manufactured by “SAS” Safety Corp. into a hospital on March 16, 2020 for a medical procedure that was not related to CODVID-19. The front and back of the mask surfaces were lightly and briefly sprayed with a mist of very DILUTED Lugol’s iodine solution containing 5 or 6 eye-dropper drops of Lugol’s Solution DILUTED in 4-ounces of water and contained in a spray bottle that produced a fine mist.
Photographs of the inside of the “SAS” NIOSH N95 mask taken after leaving the hospital accompanying this article document three yellow-red-brownish spots of varying densities each measuring approximately 1/4″ diameter. These spots were found centered inside the mask’s surface area where air was drawn in by the mouth and nose during breathing.
It appears as though hospital airborne bacterial spores were drawn into the center of the “SAS” NIOSH N95 mask. The accompanying photographs and high-resolution imaging scans show results found on the N95 mask. Although this is not a complete scientific research study it appears to provide evidence of airborne bacteria spores seeking to pass through the spray-disinfected membrane of the N95 mask. An exhaled airborne virus remains viable while it is carried in droplets similar to the ones carrying bacterial spores. When these droplets strike an iodine-treated mask the diluted iodine on the mask will destroy the virus.
This observation and hopefully future similar research studies should help develop ways to update the CDC guidelines regarding the efficacy of commercial and homemade masks and bring these guidelines into agreement with the FDA-cited effectiveness of N95 face masks.
Lugol’s Solution containing iodine is widely used in sanitation systems and as an antiseptic to kill bacteria and destroy viruses. It can easily be obtained over-the-counter without a prescription. UNDILUTED Lugol’s Solution 2% is much too concentrated to be ingested by living human beings in any way. For this report 5 or 6 drops of Lugol’s Solution 2% diluted in 4 ounces of water was used as a disinfectant on a mask which is an inanimate object.
Note that the application of DILUTED iodine to the N95 face mask has not been evaluated by the FDA, nor has the FDA published any data on the use of iodine in this kind of application. However, diluted iodine has been used as a mouthwash and a gargle and a water treatment for over 100 years. It has even been recommended in the Merck manual as a way to disinfest drinking water.
These suggestions should not to be construed as being presented as any sort of medical advice. The author is not an M.D. medical doctor, nor purports to be. Presented are simply observations based on existing data supported by photographic evidence and common sense use. The reader of this article and viewer of any accompanying photographs should consult a licensed medical doctor for further use and action regarding the information presented.
The UV-C light and the DILUTED iodine spray have been shown to destroy viruses quickly. This indicates that their use should help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These two simple solutions, if widely accepted and applied, have the potential of reducing infection rates and saving many thousands of lives throughout the world.
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