The moment the coronavirus hit, most people panicked. But not the drug industry. They swung into action.
Now, of course, they want you to think it was part of a selfless effort. That they were only out to heroically save the world from a global pandemic. But a new study shows that’s not quite what happened.
Sure, there ARE heroes out there who did make a difference. Doctors and scientists who have tirelessly worked to help us get through this crisis
But many of the drug companies exploited the moment instead. They steadily leaked out data supposedly showing how this, that, or some other random drug they already owned could help.
And now, new research shows how the much-touted coronavirus “benefits” of one of those common drugs weren’t just overblown. They were flat-out FALSE.
In fact, taking this med in the hopes of preventing the infection could even, potentially, make it worse instead.
Can statins help with coronavirus?
Last year, at the height of the coronavirus crisis, we were all a little desperate. We were willing to cling onto any little thing to help cut our risk, prevent the infection, and save our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
Heck, I even WASHED my Amazon packages for a few months to be on the safe side.
So when they claimed that statins could cut the risk of severe COVID-19 infection, it was easy to predict what would happen next. You can bet people started popping those cholesterol pills like pieces of popcorn at the movies.
I imagine even many folks who had quit the meds because of their awful side effects—including muscle pain, memory loss, and diabetes—suddenly had a change of heart. And no doubt countless docs got a contact-free renewal request for a new stash of statins as a result.
But the new study shows how that supposed benefit was just a mirage fueled by wishful thinking and drug company disinformation. Because as it turns out, statins DON’T help fight COVID-19.
In fact, in some cases, it could be just the opposite. Statins may be linked to WORSE outcomes if you catch the coronavirus.
Because the new study finds folks who are on statins and then hospitalized for COVID-19 are 18 percent more likely to suffer a severe infection. Plus, the researchers believe they found the reason for it, too.
Cholesterol drugs could RAISE COVID-19 risk
Statins work by boosting a receptor that sits on the surface of each cell called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, or ACE2. The coronavirus uses that receptor as a doorway.
In other words, if you have more ACE2 receptors due to taking statins, the virus has more chances to enter, infect you, and make you ill. Then, next thing you know, you’re sicker than you’ve ever been in your entire life.
In those cases, it’s not just poor immune function or rotten luck. It’s your meds. Drugs you were told just last year might help prevent the infection instead of potentially making you more vulnerable to it.
If you’re not on statins, don’t be seduced by the headlines that claim it can help prevent coronavirus. And don’t be taken in by some of the other wild claims about these drugs, either. Most of them don’t hold water.
Instead, use the same old common-sense measures to enhance your immune system and protect against a COVID-19 infection which we know are PROVEN to work. And that’s especially true if there are outbreaks in your area.
If you’re on statins, it might be time to call your doctor and ask if safely quitting is an option for you. Odds are, the conversation is long overdue regardless of the coronavirus anyway.