Today, after weeks of "radio silence", I have finally added the following banner to the Coronavirus pages of my website:
PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO MANY INCONSISTENCIES IN THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ABOUT THE VIRUS (INCLUDING INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICIAL SOURCES AND FROM THE SCIENTIFIC STUDIES), I HAVE DECIDED NOT TO SHARE ANY ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THE VIRUS FOR THE TIME BEING.
I WILL RESUME AS SOON AS SOLID DATA BECOMES AVAILABLE.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!
IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, I AM STILL OFFERING INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS:
HERE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS I STOPPED WRITING ABOUT THE VIRUS IN A Q&A FORMAT:
Q: Is the information we hear on the news accurate?
A: Not always. (This includes "right", "left", "conspiracy", and "independent" news sources.)
Q: Is the information coming from the WHO and CDC accurate?
A: Not always. This is my conclusion after reading the actual scientific studies that WHO and CDC are using to make their guidelines. Many of the SARS-CoV-2 guidelines have been inherently flawed.
Q: Is the information from the White House accurate?
A: Not always. With that said, I believe that it is important to pay close attention and to read between the lines, since in addition to WHO, CDC, and the experts, the White House also relies on intelligence sources. PS: It takes a calm and neutral mind to read between the lines, so I believe it's essential to stay open-minded and apolitical if we want to HEAR anything.
Q: Are there fake profiles on Facebook and other social media that propagate misinformation?
A: Yes. I've come across them personally. It is important to point out, that the fake profiles are not specific to any one camp - they are present across the board. So just because someone's post aligns with most of what we believe or want to believe, it might not be real and had been simply set up to propagate fear and the division in our society.
Q: Are there any scientific studies that are published to propagate a specific agenda?
A: Yes, I believe so.
Q: Have you been blocked by Google when searching for COVID-19 treatments used in other countries?
Q: Have you been blocked by Google when searching for SARS-CoV NIH research grants from the mid 2000s?
Q: Have you video captured being blocked?
A: Yes, I have. That video has been blocked.
Q: Have any of your neutral, unbiased, posts with apolitical information about Coronavirus been blocked or deleted by Facebook?
Q: Has Facebook prevented you from adding this website to your FB page?
Q: Has any of the Coronavirus data you've published been misrepresented and then praised while being falsely inflated by the media?
Q: Has the same exact information been misrepresented and then discredited by the experts interviewed by the media?
Q: Have you been falsely quoted by the media (by journalists who never spoke to you or contacted you in any way)?
Q: Have you come across fake doctor profiles on Facebook that proliferate fear in our society, including among other physicians?
A: Yes, it appears that some physician profiles in some of the Facebook COVID-19 doctor groups are fake
Q: Have you uncovered any disturbing information about the virus and about the pandemic?
A: Yes. I do not feel comfortable sharing a lot of it, but some of this information is beginning to surface on its own.
Q: So are the conspiracy theories true then?
A: Some parts of what's considered to be "conspiracy theories" might actually be true, yes.
Are you worried that you could be discredited as a doctor if you continue sharing what you are discovering?
A: Yes. When I started writing about the Coronavirus, my goal was to share unbiased medical and scientific facts with the public and with the healthcare providers. It has become progressively more challenging to discern truth from fiction. The information keeps changing on a daily basis, and I certainly do not wish to share something today that will end up being incorrect tomorrow. I do not wish to add additional confusion in a setting of a wide-spread disinformation. I believe that it is wiser to review what we discovering over time and then to form a scientific/medical view that can be shared. I am taking this time to reflect and to form a more informed opinion. I will share more with you, as I uncover more of the solid facts.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO IN THIS CHAOS?
Have questions? Can't find answers? I can try to help - I am still offering individual virtual consultations:
Dr. Maria Danilychev, M.D., is a San Diego based medical doctor with 20 years of experience and board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice/Palliative Medicine, and as a Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Danilychev also conducts clinical trials and was one of the first responders during 9/11.