Living through a global pandemic is obviously not how anybody saw their year going, but here we are. And the question going through many people’s minds, the question that arises whenever a major crisis occurs, is this: How can I help?

The simplest ways are those that have been promoted by health officials and leaders around the world. Stay at home as much as you possibly can. Do not gather in large groups. Practice social distancing when going out in public. Sanitize.

These are steps that everyone can take, and they have already paid dividends, helping to flatten the curve and buy us time until a successful antiviral treatment and/or vaccine have been developed and distributed. They are important.

But, if you are able and wish to go further, here are some of the many ways you can take direct action to help us all — in Douglas County, statewide and nationally — get through this:


Personal protective equipment is the first line of defense to keep our medical professionals safe, and therefore our health care system functional. Shortages of PPE, particularly N95 surgical masks, have made sourcing and obtaining this equipment difficult for many hospitals.

If you have any unopened packages of these masks, you can call the Mercy Foundation at 541-677-4818 to donate. And while the N95 mask is the standard for medical professionals, the foundation is also accepting R95 and P95 masks, which are typically used in other industries but filter out particles to the same standard as N95 masks.

The Mercy Foundation is also accepting donations of gloves, surgical masks, shoe guards, surgical gowns, hand sanitizer and disinfectant. If you would like to help financially, donations can be made at, and are used to provide mask-sewing kits to Oregon Serigraphics, which has organized the Umpqua Sewing Warriors.

The Umpqua Sewing Warriors take these kits and produce cloth masks, which are given to the Douglas Public Health Network for distribution to the county’s medical community. If you are interested in joining the Umpqua Sewing Warriors, more information can be found on its Facebook page at

There are also countless campaigns on GoFundMe and other sites to help purchase PPE for doctors around the world, so feel free to search for yourself.

Food banks

Food is important, and accessing food can be a struggle for people in a precarious financial situation. There are many food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens in the area, and all could use some extra help:

Roseburg Dream Center,

  • Statewide, the Oregon Food Bank provides support to local organizations across the state and in Clark County, Washington. Money, and food, can be donated at

Financial assistance

For those who are out of work due to the pandemic, a little extra cash could make all the difference. And many organizations are trying to provide that cash.

Scholly, a company that usually awards scholarships, is giving $200 to students, or their families, who need it. Donations can be made at, and the application for aid is at

Some of the hardest-hit workers are those who rely on tips, which can’t be replaced with unemployment payments. The United States Bartenders’ Guild is trying to alleviate some of that loss, awarding grants of between $150 and $500 to bartenders in need. Donations are accepted at

Likewise, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United are giving grants to restaurant workers who need financial assistance. More information, along with links to programs providing similar support, can be found at

These are just a few of the ways you can help, even while sheltering in place. But there are many others. To make things simpler, The News-Review will be updating this editorial — which can be found on under the “coronavirus” menu — with additional charities and companies that are giving relief. If you have suggestions for the list, please email us at and let us know.

And, even if you can’t donate, support can be shown in other ways. Save your shopping for one bigger trip, instead of several smaller ones. Give people extra space when you’re out in public. Be extra kind to your cashiers. If you’re going to order delivery, be sure to include a generous tip in your budget.

We are all hurting right now, but the only way to make it better is to come together, with each individual doing as much as they can. Do that, and we’ll make it through stronger than ever.

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Remember Ignaz Semmelweis

Quote from this editorial: "flatten the curve and buy us time until a successful antiviral treatment and/or vaccine have been developed and distributed"

This quote is typical of the disinformation being spread by mainstream media that is likely to result in harm in many ways.

There are already anti-viral therapies that have been tested against SARS-CoV. Given the strong similarities between SAR-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 (highly similar genetics and more importantly similar affinity for ACE2 receptors as the means to infect cells), they are likely to be effective against this newer virus as well.

Those therapies are inexpensive and cannot be patented for high profits because they are based upon plant anti-viral compounds found in nature or based upon simple biochemistry such as the use of ozone therapy to eradicate many types of viruses with vulnerable structural features (Ebola and SARS-CoV are among them) as discussed by Dr. Robert Rowen.

The US has an abusive FDA that censors science and free speech to suppress competition to Big Pharma businesses. Big Pharma controls the government and especially FDA and CDC. CDC is actually a vaccine business, they resell over $5 billion in vaccines each year and earn profits on patents they hold on vaccines. They also approve vaccines and mandate them, too.

Imagine if a car company held a government-enforced monopoly on transportation on roads, built cars that exploded for no apparent reason during routine operation and injured and killed thousands of people per year, and was able to use the force and violence of government to force you to buy their cars and to keep you from holding them liable for the deaths and injuries they cause. Wouldn't you be calling for action against such a company?

That analogy is very close to what is happening with vaccines in the US.

You are unlikely to ever see the truth about any of this published in mainstream media. They would rather a million Americans die from this virus so people are terrified of it and they can sell marginally effective or even harmful "treatments" for a huge profit.

To them, it would be a disaster if only hundreds of people died because most everybody found out that there are safe and effective ways to counter many viral infections and people can even grow some of them in their backyards in Oregon or elsewhere in the US.

To find out more about tested herbal anti-virals, go get the book "Herbal Antivirals" by Stephen Buhner. It summarizes scientific research on herbs that were found to work against many viruses.

There is a chapter on SARS that describes mechanisms of infection and how it triggers massive systemic inflammation that kills. It covers many herbs that have been tested and shown evidence of effectiveness against SARS and also what you can do to shut down that deadly systemic inflammation. All of this is applicable to SARS-CoV-2 and its resulting COVID-19 disease given the affinity of both SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV viruses for ACE2 receptors as a primary infection pathway.

But that's not the only relevant science. There is plenty of nutritional science showing that vitamins A, C, and D3 have major roles to play in helping the immune system fight viruses and avoid deadly systemic inflammation storms (aka cytokine storms).

Even the cheap off-patent drug chloroquine depends upon nutrition. Science a few years ago showed chloroquine is a zinc ionophore, meaning that it encourages zinc transport through cell membranes to raise intracellular levels of zinc. Why does this matter? Because other science shows that higher zinc levels can slow or stop initial stages of viral replication. Doctors that are getting good results with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine are also commonly prescribing zinc supplements to raise zinc levels.

You could take zinc supplements even without chloroquine and it is likely to improve your resistance to viral and bacterial infections.

There's other research showing that selenium and iodine deficiencies impair the immune system, also.

Much or most of the US population is deficient in more than one of these vitamins and minerals, so their immune systems work poorly and cannot fend off what should be minor easily defeated infections.

You want to do something to help us all? Learn about herbs and nutrition and apply it to your family and you. If your family is healthy with strong immune systems, you are less likely to end up in the hospital or dead or to be infecting anybody else.

China already tried developing vaccines against SARS. Chinese scientists are some of the best in the world. Their government spends heavily on bioweapons research including vaccines. Many of them are trained in the US and move back to China or collaborate with Chinese researchers in China. Even after years of work, China's results were vaccines that caused more severe illness in test animals upon exposure to SARS-CoV than if they had not been vaccinated.

Yes, that is right, the vaccines made the infection MORE DEADLY because they hypersensitized the immune system to the virus and provoked an overreaction that could be deadly.

Here's a link to a scientific paper on this:

Even vaccine cheerleaders are saying 2021 for a vaccine is probably best case.

These are the anti-science nuts who dismiss the huge number of problems with vaccine manufacturing quality control, toxicity of adjuvants, etc. and the many problems with vaccine safety studies such as lack of real placebos [amazingly it is common in vaccine "safety studies" to use other vaccines as placebos or to use toxic aluminum solutions minus vaccine antigens as placebos], failure to monitor and investigate for adverse effects several months or years after administration, the many documented instances of science fraud by CDC covering up serious safety problems, etc. and they warn there is a lot that could go wrong and it could take years more. Some of them admit a vaccine may never work given China's experience with their deadly SARS vaccines.

Even if an effective vaccine becomes available, how long will it remain effective?

Coronaviruses are RNA viruses that mutate rapidly. Making a vaccine for them faces the same problems that anybody trying to create a flu vaccine faces. The viral strains included in the usual seasonal flu vaccines are based upon past strains and are usually not the same as what is spreading rapidly that flu season, so they often have little chance of being effective.

If you're thinking that flu vaccines work because your CDC cult member doctor pushes them on you, consider there is research that shows they INCREASE the number of respiratory tract infections overall even though they may somewhat reduce the number of such infections caused by influenza viruses.

Look up the science paper "Increased Risk of Noninfluenza Respiratory Virus Infections Associated With Receipt of Inactivated Influenza Vaccine".

So that flu vaccine you got might cause you to be susceptible to common colds (many of which are caused by coronaviruses) and COVID-19 infections!

Supposedly "safe" flu vaccines have racked up almost a billion dollars in damages awarded in a decade and a half in the rigged-against-families vaccine court system.

What are the new rushed to market with even less testing than usual COVID-19 vaccines going to do? Cause an uptick in autoimmune diseases like the 2009-2010 Pandemrix H1N1 flu vaccine did with narcolepsy cases in Europe?

I would rather get infected with SARS-CoV-2 and let my immune system fight it out with me helping it along with herbs and vitamins than be vaccinated and then possibly afflicted with my immune system attacking my brain and leaving me literally falling on the floor if I started laughing or was surprised like Pandemrix is believed to have done to thousands of people in Europe.

The anti-science pro-profit vaccine pushers are going to push for mandatory vaccines for COVID-19 plus many other diseases.

I have seen vaccine injuries in my family and the families of friends. They are not unusual problems. The Pharma-owned government just lies about it to cover up what is happening while doing nothing meaningful to improve the safety of the vaccines, even though there is a lot that could be done.

Look up CDC whistleblower William S. Thompson and the documentary VAXXED if you want to learn more. Beware that Pharma-whores dishonestly attack him and the filmmakers to distract from the facts they reveal.

That CDC ordered its employees to destroy data on a study of the MMR vaccine that showed it increases the rate of neurological damage to children (such as autism) is a fact they do not want widely known. As William S. Thompson is one of those employees ordered to destroy the documents, he knows what happened. He saved copies of documents ordered to be shredded because it was illegal by Federal law for CDC to have ordered this destruction of government data and documents. There is little doubt of the accuracy of what he has reported, which is precisely why he is not being allowed to testify in front of Congress to expose the CDC fraud that hid the damage this vaccine is doing to American children and particularly to African-American males who suffer much higher autism rates when they are vaccinated "on time" with MMR vaccines than if the vaccines delayed significantly or avoided entirely.

The US Department of Health and Human Services cannot even be bothered to file the vaccine safety reports that Congress ordered them to do. This is a fact that was only recently uncovered after decades of this dereliction of duty.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (the nephew of the murdered US President John Kennedy) sought to get copies of those safety reports and was refused the information. So he sued the owned-by-Pharma US government, and it came out in court they never even once in 32 years filed the required reports.

In case you don't know, once CDC lists a vaccine as recommended, the manufacturer has no liability. Their vaccine can injure or kill thousands of people and they will not pay one cent in damages because they are immune from lawsuit. That is a huge part of the reason why Big Pharma is insisting upon vaccines for everything.

Big Pharma companies keep getting caught and fined billions for killing people with their non-vaccine drugs. Look up Vioxx and Bextra for two examples.

But that never happens with their vaccines because the vaccines are so dangerous that they are held immune from liability by the 1986 National Vaccine Injury Compensation Act. Who pays the damages? Taxpayers. That's right, if a vaccine kills your loved one and you are lucky enough to find out there is a way to do something about it (most doctors do not even know about using VAERS for vaccine injury reports and ignorantly believe vaccines are "safe"), you have to file a lawsuit against the US government in a kangaroo court (aka vaccine court) that does not follow regular rules of law and is rigged against the families.

Despite all that, this system has paid out over $4 billion in damages as of 2020. Estimates are that less than 10% of serious drug adverse effects are reported and that for vaccines it is probably less than 1%. That $4 billion should be more like $400 billion in damages if people and doctors were getting accurate information and the government was playing fair.

This interview of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an excellent way to learn a whole lot about the fraud, corruption, and danger surrounding vaccines in just 13 minutes.

You should have a right to say no to any and all vaccines and to take other measures like good nutrition, the use of anti-viral herbs, etc. as they can work against many viruses and other diseases and carry a very low risk of harm. The harm from consuming too much of a vitamin or mineral tends to take extreme misuse (e.g. swallowing a whole bottle of capsules!), have fairly obvious symptoms, is next to never fatal, and is generally easily reversible simply by withdrawal of the treatment.

You cannot easily fix an autoimmune brain injury or a death caused by a vaccine. If something can destroy your brain or kill you, you should always have the right to say no to it. That's even more so when there are alternatives that are safer and likely to be even more broadly effective.

There's a saying "Give me liberty or give me death!"

That should be updated to "Give us liberty or we will give you death!"

It is time for corporate death sentences, to put to death the Big Pharma vaccine makers that have lied and maimed and killed many not just with their vaccines but also with their medicines. The big vaccine makers are multiple time convicted felons that have been fined billions of dollars for killing hundreds of thousands of Americans with their dangerous drugs that often were approved based upon fraudulent research.

These corporations deserve death sentences. Their executives and sharedholders should lose all the value they held in these companies because they failed to reign in the systematic repeated abuses that have killed far more people than COVID-19 has or likely will.

Liquidate those companies, void their patents so that anything genuinely useful can become generic and inexpensive, and sell off their assets (buildings, lab equipment, etc.) to little players trying to do something innovative and actually beneficial rather than just financially exploitative. Take the profits from the sales and use that to pay back for the damages these companies have done to the people of the US and the world. Then keep those players small with anti-trust enforcement so they cannot take control over government agencies as the big players have.

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