The NHL just announced a suspension of the current season, with no plans on what follows.
By Tom Jelinek
Agree or not, the pressure was mounting, and the NHL probably had no alternative but to follow suit with the NBA, and baseball, who delayed the start of their season. Is there going to be a cup in 2020? Nobody can say. The season was cancelled during 1918, over the pandemic flu, which is the closest we have to a parallel.
Well, SARS-CoV-2 (its official name; COVID-19 was a provisional name, but everyone still uses it) is not flu. Some significant differences include who gets hit the hardest. The 1918 flu hit young people the hardest, often killing within 24 hours of exposure. CoV-2 details are only starting to emerge. An early report, still circulating, was that it hit Asians the hardest. It was based on a study where 10 lung donors were studied, to look at ACE2 levels on the surface of lung cells. ACE2 is the receptor for coronavirus. The more of it on a cell, the more prone to infection is that person. One of the ten had extremely high levels of ACE2, and that one was Chinese. So the story started to spread that Asians have lots of ACE2, making them susceptible. More recent work has shown that smokers of all races have very high ACE2. It is not known if that original Asian donor was a smoker, but one can infer that. Chinese men have very high smoking rates, explaining the original caseload. Italians are heavy smokers, also. I don't know about Iranians, but would not be surprised if they also smoked a lot. So the best information we now have is that smokers are particularly at risk, especially if older. Younger people, especially non-smokers, do not seem to be especially at risk. Flu seems to infect everyone about equally.
What kills people infected with CoV or flu is what is referred to as cytokine storm. It's an inflammatory response, where immune cells flood the lungs, in an out-of-control manner. Fluid follows, swelling lung tissue, and inhibiting gas exchange. The person essentially drowns in their own fluids. But it's not news that vitamin D holds that inflammatory response in check, while also potentiating the regular immune response. I have a friend who is a vitamin D researcher, and she's always said, the evidence that vitamin D is beneficial is significantly stronger than the evidence that smoking is harmful. She's always lamented that governments won't raise the supplementation guidelines a lot higher. You get between 30,000 and 50,000 units of vitamin D by being in strong sun for about 20 minutes, with your shirt off. Yet guidelines are to get 400 units, going back to the minimum needed to avoid rickets in children. See the disconnect? Then consider that flu season strikes everywhere at once, when the sun gets weak. It doesn't spread "virally", from one locus outwards. That implicates an environmental factor, and the strength of the sun is it.
The reason for the above rant is because I believe strongly that most people can get through the CoV infection fairly easily, if they supplement vitamin D. I take 10,000 units a day, and if infected with something, boost to 30,000 for about a week. I hope this piece of advice helps you, too.