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Cytokine Storm Did Not Kill COVID-19 Patients
Study shows secondary bacterial pneumonia key factor in ventilated COVID-19 deaths
A new analysis of COVID-19 patients who required mechanical ventilation found that nearly half of them also developed secondary bacterial pneumonia. This pneumonia was more likely to be fatal than the COVID-19 infection itself.
Although COVID-19 was the reason these patients were hospitalized, the infection that developed after they were placed on a ventilator was more likely to be fatal if it did not respond to treatment.
The study also found evidence that COVID-19 does not cause a "cytokine storm," which is believed to be the leading cause of death.
From the study author:
"Those who were cured of their secondary pneumonia were likely to live, while those whose pneumonia did not resolve were more likely to die."
“Our data suggested that the mortality related to the virus itself is relatively low, but other things that happen during the ICU stay, like secondary bacterial pneumonia, offset that."
"The term 'cytokine storm' means an overwhelming inflammation that drives organ failure in your lungs, your kidneys, your brain and other organs."
"If that were true, if cytokine storm were underlying the long length of stay we see in patients with COVID-19, we would expect to see frequent transitions to states that are characterized by multi-organ failure. That's not what we saw."
"The relatively long length of stay among patients with COVID-19 is primarily due to prolonged respiratory failure, placing them at higher risk of VAP."
Secondary bacterial pneumonia that does not resolve was a key driver of death in patients with COVID-19.
Those who were cured of their secondary pneumonia were likely to live, while those whose pneumonia did not resolve were more likely to die.
Secondary bacterial pneumonia may even exceed death rates from the viral infection itself.
No evidence that COVID-19 causes a ‘cytokine storm.’
These are interesting findings that once again contradict the official narrative. The infection brought on by the use of a ventilator was more likely to be the cause of death.
It’s important to note that ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is an issue for anyone using a ventilator for an extended period of time.
One thing that can be done to reduce the risk of developing VAP is prophylactic antibiotics — which were actively discouraged early on by health authorities.
The worst part is that the role of bacterial infection in the poor outcomes of viral respiratory infections was already fully understood. A 2008 paper found that the vast majority of influenza deaths in 1918 were caused by secondary bacterial pneumonia.
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19-year-old Simone Scott, freshman at Northwestern University, had her 2nd dose of Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine on May 1, 2021 She developed myocarditis, had a heart transplant which lasted 1 week, and died on June 11, 2021.