Written by Staff Writer
Covid rose to prominence last year when an unfounded — and incredibly bizarre — theory began circulating among social media users that the world’s most popular natural product boosts pregnancy by increasing fertility.
In some countries, Covid, made from living plants, went from being a popular alternative to conventional medical treatments and into mainstream health advice. It became the latest wonder product to gain an inflated reputation due to the popularity of Reddit communities that discussed the wonders of the botanical.
The Covid mania deepened in 2018, with some reports suggesting more than 1,500 pregnant women are consuming the product
Now there are mounting examples of the unvaccinated being found with the drug in their blood stream, and World Health Organization officials say the drug is likely linked to the increasing number of cases of mumps and measles around Europe.
“We have a problem and the problem is serious and growing,” Miguel Ceballos, director of respiratory and viral vaccines at the WHO, told reporters. “The cause of this problem can be found in some countries in Europe and in other countries in the world.”
Earlier this month in Ireland, one in 10 boys tested positive for MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) at an emergency point. MERS virus is caused by a bacteria called Acinetobacter baumannii and is named after the June 17, 2002 World Health Organization decision that the it was a dangerous new “emerging and re-emerging infectious disease with a global impact.”
Most recently, it’s been detected in France, where it’s been detected in 90 cases as of May 16, and in Germany, where the number of cases is over 2,000
“In all these cases the boys received vaccination in the year prior to diagnosis and the measles virus has been confirmed in the tissues of some cases and in other cases the patients had been unvaccinated,” said Dr. Robert Gislason, medical officer in communicable diseases at the German Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a statement.
Experts believe the virus was infected by unvaccinated people through the highly contagious and potentially dangerous practice of house-sharing. Since the virus can live on surfaces for up to two hours, leaving one unvaccinated individual with a reasonably low risk, family members should remain vigilant for signs of infection and seek medical care if necessary.
Covid is a natural product that you can pick up at health stores.
The drug is known for its anti-inflammatory effect on cells in the lining of the abdomen. It’s been known to help clear acne, or to lower blood pressure.
First used in Germany back in 1982, it’s actually derived from macadamia nuts, an aromatic medicinal herb. It’s now sold at health stores, online and through doctors’ offices across Europe — although it’s been available for decades in certain countries.
According to preliminary findings published earlier this month in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases, the World Health Organization says thousands of vaccinations given in the US during the 2017-2018 school year may have been delayed because students weren’t aware they were missed.
“We want the parents and students to be aware of the situation and to get their vaccination records from school doctors or healthcare providers,” said Ceballos.
He added that it’s possible Covid is being consumed by “some” individuals who have “unsavory motivations.”
“We are concerned about situations where someone’s lifestyle or lifestyles might be bad and they might be trying to reduce their risk of having a negative impact on them,” he said.
“A person or family member might be ill, might have a medical condition or a shortage of resources. They might think they will be protected by using Covid,” he added.
“We can’t draw too much conclusions,” said Dr. Sophie Coyle, a senior lecturer in pharmacy at the University of Nottingham.
She said the drug could be used for “low risk” reasons but cautioned that the “biggest health issue” with it is not the hormone but what’s being consumed — and how it’s acting.
“It’s not completely clear yet. It’s unclear why Covid is causing so many cases in Ireland, if in fact it’s caused that many cases in Ireland,” she said.