A Revealing Little Fact About the Reporting of SARS-CoV2 Virus and COVID-19
The network news recently announced a certain large number of COVID-19 cases, again. They don't seem to understand the difference between SARS-CoV2 and COVID-19. By not using the proper names accurately, the public is continuously misinformed.
News reporters and even some treating doctors and nurses in the ER or ICU make a subtle but important oversight when they mix-up the name of the SARS-CoV2 virus and the COVID-19 disease. Their assumption is they are one and the same. This leads to a basic misunderstanding of the present situation, and it makes it much more difficult to think rationally about what to do in your day-to-day life, let alone coming up with the proper solutions and appropriate treatment.
Most people do not know that the virus and the disease are different things because of the way this outbreak is being reported as "COVOD-19 Confirmed Cases." No wonder everyone is confused and scared.
The Merck Manual, a standard reference textbook for doctors of all types, has specified a name for the virus and a name for the disease. The SARS-CoV2 virus and the COVID-19 disease are NOT one and the same; they are different. This is very easy to misunderstand. “SARS-CoV2 is a novel coronavirus." "Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)" is the name of the disease.
This is important because valid science is about details, yet the misrepresentation of scientific principles is rampant. In order to determine if something causes a disease, we use a basic scientific standard in biology (the study of life) called Koch’s Postulates. One of those basic standards essentially states the following:
The specific disease must be reproduced when a pure culture of the suspected disease-causing-agent is introduced into a healthy susceptible host [like injecting a mouse in a lab with a suspected virus].
So, if a person were to get the virus, but never were to develop the disease, do you know what that means? Can you imagine the possibility that the virus alone does not cause the disease? That's what it means. Subsequent research has supported this hypothesis.
According to Dr. Roger Seheult, MD, a leading teacher of doctors and nurses at MedCram.com, 80% of people who test positive for the virus have little or no symptoms. So, they do not develop the disease. Therefore, even though the coronavirus may be a necessary part of the disease process, you can NOT just assume the virus is the same as the disease, or that it is the sole cause of the disease, or that the SARS-CoV2 virus will cause the COVID-19 disease all on its own. Furthermore, this would mean there MUST be at least one other necessary, causative co-factor for the manifestation of the COVID-19 disease; i.e., at least one -or possibly several other factors- that are absolutely necessary for anyone to develop COVID-19 disease.
You don't catch a disease. You may catch a virus, but a disease has to develop, and that development depends upon several factors. To report each person who tests positive for the RNA sequence resembling the virus as a "positive COVID-19 case" is irresponsible fear mongering, not accurate reporting.
Conflating and interchanging the two words here, the "SARS-CoV2 virus" with the "COVID-19 disease," is not only bad science (BS), but it is misguiding people to the true causes of the COVID-19 disease. This COVID-19 disease has potentially many simultaneous causative factors that could even include exposures to the new generation of wireless technologies, or overlooked nutritional deficiency states often found in the elderly.
Conflation is the merging of two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, opinions, etc., into one, often in error.
In logic, it is the practice of treating two distinct concepts
as if they were one, which produces errors or misunderstandings.
The Merck Manual has named the virus and the disease as separate entities, but every day the network news incorrectly conflates the virus and the disease, leading the public to believe their assumption that the virus is the sole cause and always the cause of COVID-19 disease. Hundreds of thousands of people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV2 virus but had never developed COVID-19 disease can tell you this reporting is just not accurate. When a person tests positive for the "coronavirus" or SARS-CoV2, they are NOT testing positive for COVID-19 disease. When the news media reports "Confirmed COVID-19 Cases" it is misinformation. "positive SARS-CoV2 tests" or "possible exposures to coronavirus" would be a better description. The nasal swab test does not confirm anything except a possibility of exposure. You can't scientifically say more than that from the results of the nasal swab test. Lets keep the terminology clear so we can better handle this situation without freaking-out from fear. The virus is not the disease.
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