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Rising CO2 and Coronavirus Pandemic

Rising CO2 levels and COVID 19 Pandemic


In the year 2019 , the world watched in horror as the Amazon forests, California, Himalayan and Australia bush burned, releasing gigatonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere. In January 2020 there were signals of a new life threatening pneumonia which later came to be known as COVID19/Sars-Cov-2 from Wuhan.


By March it had spread globally and the world was placed under draconian lockdowns. WHO has considered it to be a totally new virus with humanity having no existing immunity to it . This was the rationale behind the sanitary and social distancing measures taken and need for an urgent vaccination program for it. The virus has been well studied since then and there are many variants of it existing. Many vaccines have been made available, and while the world is racing for mass vaccination of populations but rising disease burden and collapse of health and economic systems is clearly visible.


So what is that we are missing? I think the answer lies in understanding the link of high CO2 levels in the atmosphere and its health impacts on elderly and people with comorbidities and those who are having or at risk of a COVID19 infection.


Till now CO2 studies have been done on healthy individuals and have come to conclusions that when CO2 is above 600 ppm, there is a decline of cognitive functions. As the levels rise symptoms become severe and death is possible at very high levels. There has been no study to look at what will happen to people who are elderly with comorbid conditions, the population which has been majorly hit by the COVID19 pandemic.


This lack of foresight has cost us dearly.


CO2 levels are currently at 420 ppm and are rising rapidly even after initial slowdown due to lockdowns. This is the highest in 14 million years. Humans have been around 1 million years. This level has had a major impact on our climate and created global climate catastrophes, coral bleaching etc. Our climate change mitigation programs are meant to conform with climate and temperature models and have not taken into account the impact of CO2 on human health.


Before we go into the CO2 story further, let us look at the evidence of COVID19 not being a nouvel virus. The commonly held narrative is that the COVID19 originated in Wuhan meat markets and has spread globally via airborne mechanisms. But there are few vital holes in this theory.


Firstly, a case of confirmed COVID pneumonia in France in December 2019.This clearly indicates that the virus was already circulating in Europe way before pandemic was declared in China towards end of January (https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-52526554)


Secondly, and the more important one is that T cell tests have revealed the presence of immunity to COVID19 present in the vast majority of the population even without prior exposure. T cell testing is done to look at the long term germ exposure and memory of immunity. Antibody testing gives us an idea of short term exposure and is mediated by B cells. B cells are further under control of T cells. Those who have T cell reactivity to SARS-Cov-2 are considered immune. These are findings reported in a study published by British medical journal in September 2020. The study looked at the question whether Human populations had no prior exposure to COVID19 as had been assumed. But the study found an opposite conclusion: “At least six studies have reported T cell reactivity against SARS-CoV-2 in 20% to 50% of people with no known exposure to the virus.” This has been reported in different countries in different continents. (https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3563)


This is evidence that the virus has been circulating in humans for a way longer than what has been assumed and the human population has had immunity present to it at different levels.


Then what has changed which could have been the trigger for big mortality rates as seen now? I think it is because of the high CO2 levels in the atmosphere.


Human blood is of the same nature as the ocean. We know the negative impact of high CO2 on marine life. Bleaching of corals, ear damage in marine fishes (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7065673/) and so on due to rising CO2 levels has been documented.


High CO2 levels and chronic exposure to it could be affecting our immune system and making us more vulnerable to an already existing virus. CO2 levels are known to change over the year.