Last February, President Trump famously announced that the coronavirus was going to disappear. “One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” Now, nearly eight months after that pronouncement, we are facing surging infection rates across the country, with cases rising nationally from 35,000 a day last September to more than 250,000 a day in January. It is time to face facts: This disease isn’t going anywhere. But the good news is that vaccinations are underway and we have been here before with infectious disease.
As an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor in private practice in Manhattan, I’ve been considering — as have other doctors and researchers — a way to fight Covid-19 that may have been sitting under our noses all along.
Having felt the fear in the hundreds of Covid-19 patients I have treated, I started reading every study possible to try and make sense of this disease. I’ve noticed a common thread that is only beginning to get attention.
Though it’s true we don’t have a cure or a surefire way to prevent people from getting the virus, I wonder if…