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No Ventilator for You!

Today the New England Journal of Medicine predicted that we will fall woefully short of ventilators to treat COVID19 patients. Using the data from Italy and the rate of growth in the States, it is estimated that there will be need for 1.4 to 31 people per available ventilator.  Tough decisions will have to be made. 

That's why I'm starting the hash tag #NoVentilatorForYou.  And here is the first charlatan that should be denied access. They also should be arrested and jailed for life.   

On Instagram the account @mypronatural is selling concoctions with the clear implicit goal of treating SARS-COV2.  This is pure profiteering off of a crisis, lining pockets with false health claims that will endanger lives and burden the health care system. 

I motion that when we have to make decisions about who has access to the limited ventilators, the folks behind this campaign move to the back of the line
Do I hear a second?

At least report them on Instagram.  I did.  It did nothing. 


Let's look at some of the things on their website (all photos, click to make bigly): 







3x a day... herbal extract with birch bark, vitamin C, zinc, elderberry extract.  Make sure you update your will. 



Here they make the claim that "Chaga BLOCKS Coronavirus" and makes an argument from authority citing "Harvard Professor" 


This post claims that gargling with Himalayan Pink Salt "eliminates the virus".  They also have a note to buy their "powerful Corona Herbal Extract"



Only made 100, 70 already sold.  Coronavirus Herbal Extract.  "Protects against virus" and "antiviral" they claim.


And here is a post stating that the (toxic) elderberry "prevents the (corona) virus from replicating in the body"


And of course they believe that it all happened because of 5G cell phone service. 


I'm being dead serious.  Tough decisions may have to be made.  If we get to that point, I believe those profiting off of this crisis by putting others in harm's way need to be denied treatment first.  Hand them a bottle of elderberry extract and tell them to hit the bricks. 

It seems callus, and I'm sorry for that.  I'm up at 4 AM plotting on how to educate kids home from school, and get groceries to the elderly in my small town.  Service should be our focus. There are many stories where the crisis has brought out the best in us. 

It disgusts me that crisis also spawns wretched exploitation. This tiny minority should be basted in shame, recognized, penalized, and never allowed to access medical care ahead of someone they deceived. 


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