Best Practices for Recovering from Novel Virus Infections
If researchers quantify risks and individuals use existing therapies, feared pandemics will be non-events.
March 19, 2021 published
May 30, 2021 reference 12 updated
A novel infection poses an elevated risk of death in the elderly, in the weak, and possibly in others.
Everyone is helped best when
The pandemics in living memory have all been respiratory influenza viruses .
In a given pandemic, certain people are at highest risk for death from the infection. Typically, as in 1957-1958, 1968-1969 , and 2020, these people include the most elderly . Sometimes, as in 2009-2010, these people may include others such as those aged 45-54 . And these people always include those who are least healthy.
In the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk of dying from catching the SARS-CoV-2 virus is significantly higher for people who have specific risk factors.
The biggest risk factor increases the risk of dying by 180 times:
Four risk factors increase the risk of dying by 2 to ~4 times:
Eight risk factors increase the risk of dying by 1.5 to 2 times:
Before individual risks are quantified well, individuals need to consider likely risks and consider using every best practice.
Once individual risks are quantified well, individuals at lower risk should consider using fewer best practices, which could build stronger, broader immunity now that saves lives later.
Antivirals taken as soon as possible are the best therapy. There are several antivirals, and they can all be taken at once except 1 and 3 both at once, or 4 and 5 both at once:
Strengthening the immune system as soon as possible is also very helpful. There are several ways to do this, and they can all be done at once:
Reduced Viral Load
Reducing net inbreathing of virus is the first therapeutic step in the same recommended outpatient treatment algorithm that was mentioned earlier :
Reversal of Oxidative Clotting
Interrupting and reversing oxidative stress , which causes blood-vessel damage  and clotting in lungs  and throughout the body , may be the best therapy later in the disease course. And this can be used as a preventive and as an early mitigation from the start:
Corticosteroid is standard therapy if breathing problems emerge later in the disease course: