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Letter: Is (low-dose) radiation the answer to coronavirus?

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Several weeks ago I had my annual physical with my cardiologist and I asked him if I could get a chest X-ray this time.

Of course, he asked me why I wanted it and I told him it was a treatment of low-dose radiation to fight off any possible viruses that were in my lungs. And yes, he refused to give me the X-ray for that reason and told me if I wanted a low dose of radiation, all I had to do was talk on my cell phone for 40 minutes. Why 40 minutes?

The cell phone receives low-frequency radio waves (energy) where an X-ray uses higher frequency radio waves (more energy) and provides the radiation in higher doses. Don’t panic, we all receive low-dose radiation from the sun and earth crust every day, which is called background radiation that provides life on this planet.

In the early years of the 20th century (1900 to 1950) X-rays were the standard procedure to detect and treat pneumonia. Thanks to Madame Curie, X-rays were also used to save millions of lives in World War I from infectious war wounds.

Well, here we are again. Human medical trials have begun on severely ill COVID-19 patients using low doses of radiation. The first results on a very small group at Emory University Hospital were published and were quite extraordinary. Their median age was 90 with a range from 64 to 94, four were female, four were African-American, and one was Caucasian. Radiation and viruses are not discriminatory.

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These patients were given a single low dose of radiation (1.5 Gy) to both lungs, delivered by a front and back beam configuration (like an X-ray). Patients were in an out of the radiotherapy department in 10 to 15 minutes.

Within 24 hours, four of the patients showed rapid improvement in oxygenation and mental status (more awake, alert, and talkative) and were discharged from the hospital 12 days later.

While the medical field already knows that radiation is an effective treatment for cancer, there still needs to be several double-blind test studies of low dose on COVID-19 for political reasons. Italy, Spain and the U.S. are currently conducting long term studies.

Martin Kral

Roswell