I’ve mentioned this in a couple of conversations recently: Uttar Pradesh put the prescription for early COVID treatment into the newspapers. For those that don’t know, Uttar Pradesh is a state in India, it has a population of 200 million or so.
The idea was you could cut the prescription out, take it to the pharmacy and then you’d be prepared for when you inevitably get Coronavirus. It was part of a broader strategy adopted in Uttar Pradesh of treating people early - something that was happening via telemedicine throughout large parts of India.
When I mention this, people always request the image, so here it is. I got it from Indian Twitter, which I was following whilst I was in India throughout most of 2021 and before. I heard about prescriptions in the newspaper and looked pretty hard for something that would document that. Eventually, I found someone took a snap of it and shared it on Twitter in a reply to someone. Unfortunately, I didn’t grab the thread where it was posted but I believe I could probably find it if people thought it was important. There’s an original version, along with the Google Lens automatic translation of it.
The reason it’s significant is that after the initial Delta wave (the Delta wave actually started in India) COVID cases in Uttar Pradesh dropped right down to statistically zero. Their case rate was like that for months. A common 'talking point’ rebuttal to this is ‘but they tested less’, which is true, but as many people have pointed out, you can look at the percentage of tests coming back positive, and that crucial figure also reached statistically zero. No matter how many tests were being done, the pattern of cases in UP was markedly different.
They stayed at statistically zero cases until Omicron, and again, they saw a spike of cases that rapidly went away. Compare that to what we’ve seen in the west, with wave after wave of COVID, and it’s clear that something is very different. It’s perfectly legitimate to draw a comparison between Uttar Pradesh’s strategy of early treatment vs much of the West’s strategy of vaccines only along with isolating patients for two weeks. In that isolation period, certainly in the UK, no early treatment is given.
It’s also worth pointing out: if you look at that large spike in Uttar Pradesh in May - you’re looking at the Delta wave. Notice how it actually ended? In the UK, just as the Delta wave was ending in Uttar Pradesh, Delta started up in the UK. Notice how it simply did not ever go away all the way through to Omicron in December.
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