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Frequently
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Questions

Is Dr. Cole taking appointments to treat patients or prescribe medications for Covid-19?


No, not at this time. Dr. Cole is focused on his pathology lab work and sharing important information with the public about the patterns he sees to better inform health decisions. Dr. Cole is directing all Covid-19 patients to the online and telehealth sites shown on this site under Covid Care. Dr. Cole is a participating doctor on some of the sites listed.




Should I get a Covid-19 vaccine? Should my child get a Covid-19 vaccine?


Vaccination is an individual choice based on your assessment of the risks and benefits for you and your loved ones. Covid-19 is a serious illness with risk of acute short term illness, long term complications, and for some people, death. For most people, the vaccine seems to be safe and can provide some benefit, particularly for those who are at high risk for serious disease or death if they get Covid-19. Some people who get Covid-19 after being vaccinated find that their course of illness is shorter and less severe. There are serious, though somewhat rare, side effects from the vaccine, and there have been deaths associated with vaccination. The vaccine will not necessarily prevent you from getting Covid-19, particularly as slightly different forms of the virus emerge. Because this is a new type of vaccine, it is too early to know all of the potential long term risks of vaccination. Early data suggests that vaccination may rarely be linked to an increased risk for some types of infections, cancers, and auto-immune conditions. Based on my medical study, the risks of vaccination outweigh the risks of Covid-19 for most children. Children who are otherwise healthy survive Covid-19 at near 100% rates. As we do not currently know the long term effects of the vaccine, and also because of some of the known side effects, I am concerned that vaccinating children is unnecessarily risky. If you choose to be vaccinated right now, while there is a high rate of community spread, you need to be extra cautious about exposure to infected persons. Your immune system will be weakened for several weeks until you have created a strong antibody response to the virus.




Do masks work to keep me from transmitting Covid-19 or to protect me from getting it from others? What about masks on children in schools?


According to some studies, there are specific situations in which masks show some benefit in decreasing the spread of COVID. If you are indoors for a prolonged period of time with a potentially infectious person, your risk of acquiring the virus is lower if you are both masked. N95 masks show the most benefit. Cloth masks, worn partially or incorrectly, do not decrease the spread of the virus. My assessment is that there is little benefit to masking children in schools. The best way to decrease the spread of the virus in schools is to screen potentially ill children and staff and require them to stay home, increase ventilation in classrooms, remind all children and staff to wash their hands frequently, and promote immune health. If you are at risk for spreading infection to others, please stay home. A mask will not necessarily prevent you from infecting others.




Is the PCR test being used for Covid-19 reliable?


Yes, PCR testing is reliable. This test is very specific in detecting only the SARS-CoV-2 virus. PCR testing looks for very small amounts of the virus in the oral or nasal passages. The assays used in this testing are rigorously validated and parameters are established for positive and negative results. As with all testing, there are some false positive results and some false negative results. Repeat testing can be useful if clinical symptoms do not match up with test results.




What are the facts about Ivermectin? Is it horse dewormer used only on animals? Can it help with Covid19?


DO NOT SELF DOSE WITH IVERMECTIN INTENDED FOR ANIMALS!!! Ivermectin was discovered as an anti-parasitic drug and has been used widely, safely and effectively in humans for over 40 years. It is FDA-approved for use in many parasitic conditions and is listed by the World Health Organization as one of the world’s most essential medications. As with many medications, it has both human and veterinary uses. Many medications are used “off-label” which means they are used to treat another condition besides the use originally approved by the FDA. Ivermectin has many anti-viral properties and has been effective in treating COVID, particularly when used early. There are numerous studies demonstrating its effectiveness and it can be used in conjunction with other medications. It is very safe and very low risk when taken as prescribed by a knowledgeable physician. This website shows the studies that have been completed on Ivermectin use and also links to other medications that have been studied for COVID. https://ivmmeta.com/ Follow this link to a list of providers who will prescribe via telehealth. You are welcome to share these resources and articles with your provider. I am not personally prescribing or giving recommendations on dosages for individual patients. Additional Resources on Ivermectin c19ivermectin.com c19early.com covid19criticalcare.com




Do I need a vaccine if I have already had Covid-19?


Natural immunity is robust and long lasting. Many studies demonstrate that the risk of re-infection, even from other variants of the virus, for those who are COVID-recovered is essentially zero. Studies show that there is an increased risk of adverse reactions if you are vaccinated after having COVID.




Are the Crisis standards of care in Idaho because of unvaccinated patients?


The crisis standards are due to many factors within the health system, including staffing levels at the hospitals. I am not working inside the hospital, and do not have direct access to their data about the percentage of vaccinated and unvaccinated patients. Data reported by the CDC and other health departments is not always the most current and up-to-date. In my professional view, the crisis standards implemented reflect more of a failure to treat early. Monoclonal antibodies are an effective, FDA authorized early treatment that has been underutilized. Outpatient early treatment, as outlined by the Front Line Critical Care Consortium, could significantly decrease the pressure on our hospital systems. These treatments are effective for both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients who are sick with COVID. Go here for that information.




Can Dr. Cole help my loved one who is hospitalized with Covid-19 (regardless of vaccination status)?


Unfortunately, once a patient is hospitalized with Covid-19, it’s extremely difficult for Dr. Cole to help. Your best option is to find a local doctor who can advocate for the patient locally. Another option is to work with Michelle Rowton’s patient advocacy team. In some cases, a nurse or patient advocate in the hospital will work with the family to ask the treating team to try Dr. Pierre Kory's Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) protocol. An Iraqi JMS study also shows some benefit for using Ivermectin with Doxycycline in hospitalized patients. It's a very safe treatment option with some potential benefit. These resources can all be accessed here from our Covid-19 Care page under Hospitalized with Covid-19.




I do not want the Covid-19 vaccine because I am Covid-recovered and have natural immunity or because my personal health status puts me at risk. Can Dr. Cole write a medical exemption letter for me to present to my employer?


Dr. Cole cannot provide medical exemption letters for individual patients. He is working with several groups of physicians and attorneys to provide sound scientific data to fight against vaccine mandates. For now, these resources may offer more information regarding mandates: Defending the Republic with Sidney Powell Health Freedom Defense Fund




I have decided to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Which Covid-19 vaccine do you recommend? Is there one that has less risk?


Here is some educational information for you to consider. This should not be considered personal medical advice, since Dr. Cole is not familiar with your full medical history which may impact this decision. Dr. Cole is not making a specific vaccine brand recommendation. This is a very personal decision regarding risks and benefits of vaccination, and it is unfortunate that many individuals are being threatened with loss of freedoms and employment. If you decide to get a Covid-19 vaccine, there are pros and cons to each vaccine, though they all carry similar risks. The risk of serious adverse reaction in otherwise healthy individuals is relatively small, although it is higher than for any other vaccine ever distributed, and we do not have a full understanding of the long term side effects. Should you choose to get the vaccine, the risk of adverse reaction can be further decreased by checking antibody level prior to injection. Those with a prior or current COVID infection are more likely to have a hyper-immune (adverse) response. Additionally, taking a daily regular strength aspirin (unless otherwise contraindicated for you) for several weeks after vaccination can decrease the likelihood of a clotting cascade as the spike protein begins to circulate. The vaccine has a decreased effectiveness against the Delta variant, and other future variants of the virus, and will not completely prevent a person from contracting and then spreading COVID. If you are taking the vaccine under threat of job loss or other loss of freedom, know that Dr. Cole is working with some legal and medical teams to fight against vaccine mandates by compiling information and resources with the scientific and medical data supporting this stance. We plan to have those references available through our website soon. Until then, these three resources may be helpful to you in your fight against these mandates: America’s Frontline Doctors Defending the Republic with Sidney Powell Health Freedom Defense Fund




I already received a Covid-19 vaccine and I now regret it. Is there anything I can do to restore my immune system to its more natural state and negate any adverse long-term effects?


The good news is that many people who receive the vaccine do not seem to have long term side effects as far as we know right now, particularly if you are otherwise healthy. If you are noticing specific side effects, sometimes these can be treated similarly to Long Haul Covid, which you can find here. You can help restore balance in your immune system by taking recommended immune supplements, maintaining a stable blood sugar, getting adequate rest, and decreasing your overall stress. In the first few weeks after vaccination, you may want to take a daily aspirin (unless you have a blood clotting disorder and have been told by a medical provider to not take aspirin) in order to decrease the likelihood of post-vaccine clotting.




What are the contents in the Covid-19 vaccines?


Unfortunately, Dr. Cole’s schedule does not allow him time to examine the contents of the Covid-19 vaccine, but is instead focusing on its effects as he tries to help many people. He gave his view on why this isn’t his priority here starting at the 21:20 mark.





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