Nitrite This inorganic salt can be used to speed a pneumonic death. As described in the Chapter on ‘Inorganic Salts’, when it enters the blood, nitrite reduces the blood’s oxygen-carrying ability. Even a small drink, (eg. 10gm in 50ml of water) will speed the end of life of someone experiencing COVID pneumonia.
Examples of COVID Affecting End of Life Methods Chloroquine
The first reports that the anti-malarial drugs, chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine, may be effective as a treatment against the COVID-19 emerged in a Chinese report in January 2020. Belgium research, in mid-February, seemed to confirm their efficacy. One month later, the US President referred to chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine as ‘game changers’ in the ‘fight against COVID-19’. In March 2020, the media reported that an Arizona man had died after taking chloroquine phosphate. He had purchased the chloroquine for use in his home aquarium (as a treatment for parasite diseases in ornamental fish).
The endorsement by Trump, and the resultant publicity over the accidental death, drew attention to these drugs and has led to a global surge in demand for pharmaceutical chloroquine. Chloroquine phosphate (marketed as Avlochlor 250mg tablets) had been readily-available for many years in many countries over-the-counter. Chloroquine phosphate remains a useful end of life method (See the Chapter on ‘Chloroquine’ in this eHandbook).