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COVID-19 Testing Update | UK to Citizens: Take Vit D

From eNewsletter 4/27/2020

DID YOU KNOW that the United Kingdom is telling its entire population to take vitamin D3 during the pandemic, even through spring and summer? While the amount they're recommending, 10 mcg (400 IU), is very low, it is still amazing that their government realizes the importance of vitamin D in preventing respiratory infections. Yet, in the United States, all we hear regarding diet and supplements is crickets.


If Twitter, a notoriously nasty place to engage with outside world, is any indication, Americans have stayed incredibly positive during the pandemic.

Researchers analyzed almost 240,000 tweets about the coronavirus or COVID-19. 60% of the coronavirus-related tweets, overall, relayed what was considered a positive message.

While the media's doomsday scenarios drown out most anything positive, a MumPoll has found families are becoming even closer than they were before. Four in five parents believe their families have formed an even stronger bond since parents and kids have more time together during the lockdown.

Will cooking at home be the new norm? The CEO of Kroger, the largest grocer in America, seems to think so. Besides the fact that the cost of feeding a family of four at home is typically less than half the cost of going out, sometimes two-thirds cheaper, it appears people are liking cooking as a family more than they thought. Falling in love with eating as a family again is a very positive thing for society.

And speaking of positive...continue to think positive. During the darkest days of wars, plagues, crop failures leading to starvation, untimely deaths, extreme poverty...the human spirit has survived because we are adaptable. The ancient Persian adage, quoted by many famous people, of "this too shall pass" can become our ray of hope. Let's just hope it happens sooner rather than later!


Bonnie and Steve: A few weeks ago, we mentioned that we were working hard to procure COVID-19 antibody tests which could let us know the following:

  • If you currently have COVID-19.

  • If you are in the early stages of COVID-19.

  • If you have already had COVID-19.

  • If you never had COVID-19.

We have vetted numerous laboratories who have come out with test kits. We have also spoken to numerous clinical laboratory experts, including someone plugged into the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.

What we have discovered is, at this time, the antibody testing is the Wild West and we cannot in good conscience provide an antibody test that will accomplish the four aforementioned criteria. That's not to say that next week may be different. For now, people that we deeply trust do not feel they are ready for prime time. Aside from wasting money, we would not want to put you in harms way with false negatives or positives. We still believe that COVID-19 antibody testing is crucial to a well future. However, rushing tests to market that give us a false sense of security will do more harm than good. Stay tuned.


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