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Does anyone know a beekeeper in the US, Canada, Europe, or anywhere who has been infected with the pandemic coronavirus? There are some possible leads from China that may indicate a level of resistance in people who get stung (occupationally). There needs to be some corroborative information to make it worth pursuing this further, I think. Anecdotes are acceptable at this point, and then some real science can be done if the anecdotes support a differential immunity induced by exposure to bee venom.

http://apitherapy.blogspot.com/2020/05/does-bee-venom-apitherapy-prevent-covid.html?m=1
 

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Hi: Thank you for bringing up the recommendation to use appropriate precautions for one's own personal safety. That's not the point of my posting.

I am unfamiliar with how to do an 'obituary search', and would appreciate your sharing that datagathering approach.

As I indicated in the original post, anecdotes are sufficient at present...if nobody can provide any first or second hand information about a beekeeper (who gets stung often enough that the stings are merely incidental events) who caught COVID (and was not severely ill) or died from COVID, that is information that corroborates the first reported data from China.

Here is a link to a letter to the editor published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal of toxinology (the official journal of the International Society on Toxinology and the North American Society of Toxinology) that prompted this posting...https://tinyurl.com/y95vjk2a that shows data from China on COVID infection among beekeepers and individuals who attended an apitherapy clinic in Hubei province (where the coronavirus infection arose in Wuhan).
 

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Hi: Thank you for bringing up the recommendation to use appropriate precautions for one's own personal safety. That's not the point of my posting.

I am unfamiliar with how to do an 'obituary search', and would appreciate your sharing that datagathering approach.

As I indicated in the original post, anecdotes are sufficient at present...if nobody can provide any first or second hand information about a beekeeper (who gets stung often enough that the stings are merely incidental events) who caught COVID (and was not severely ill) or died from COVID, that is information that corroborates the first reported data from China.

Here is a link to a letter to the editor published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal of toxinology (the official journal of the International Society on Toxinology and the North American Society of Toxinology) that prompted this posting...https://tinyurl.com/y95vjk2a that shows data from China on COVID infection among beekeepers and individuals who attended an apitherapy clinic in Hubei province (where the coronavirus infection arose in Wuhan).
Interesting Article Knisely,
Makes one wonder at how nature is interlaced.
thanks for sharing

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People see what they want to see? kinda like marijuana cures canser and everything elce (at lest on the internet), but its big pharm blocking everyting

Hubei has a pop of 58,500,000
so you have a 0.00874% chance of being a beekeeper
current Covid-19 confirmed cases in Hubei 67,803
so you had a 0.1159% of catching it and showing symptoms
mean while we know from currant anti body study's you have a 15% chance of catching it with no symptoms, and in highly impacted areas like NY a 25% chance of being infected with no symptoms.

So out of the beekeeper sample size you would expect 5.9 of them to have shown symptoms and 0.295 of them to have died form the virus

With out an estimate of how many beekeepers in the area its hard to say.. But given the majority of china's bee keepers are mom and pop (literary) a couple with maby a part time assistant or 2 running 50-150 hives,
I am guessing it would be quite easy to miss the 5- 6 or so people that had some symptoms. kinda like a mite wash of 0/300 dosn't mean your hive is mite free

I am going to guess we will soon hear the praises of vespa amino acid (murder hornet juice) for covid 19🤣
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59llvtTKRmE
and yes, US customes has intercepted several hornet shipments that were being brought in a food source
 

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I can say with absolute 100% certainty that beekeepers can, and have, contracted Covid-19.
Right Gozzie, since 60-70 percent of the USA will in time have the antibody, getting it is perhaps a given.

the bigger question, is did the keeper have full blown or light symptoms
did the keeper die or survive
did the keeper get stings often, some suit up and do not get many stings.
Did the stings have an effect on the severity?

BTW I can also say with 100% certainty Bee keepers can get COVID

I would place chips on the spot that says the severity is less and they have a higher survival rate than the unstung.

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Beekeepers who tolerate bee stings are not protected against SARS-CoV-2 infections

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• Among German beekeepers, we found two coronavirus-associated deaths and 45 cases of coronavirus infection.
• Previous exposure to bee venom does not seem to reduce susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2.
• Reaction to bee stings correlates with the perceived severity of the SARS-CoV-2 symptoms: exhaustion and sore throat.

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A survey on 5115 beekeepers and 121 patients treated with bee venom by an apitherapy clinic in the Hubei province, the epicenter of COVID-19 in China, reported that none of the beekeepers developed symptoms associated with COVID-19, the new and devastating pandemic. The hypothesis that immunity to bee venom could have a preventive effect was expressed and the authors of the Chinese survey suggested that the next step should be animal experiments on monkeys.

We believed that before starting such studies, a second independent survey should verify the findings and define the hypothesis more clearly. Thus we asked all German beekeepers to complete an assessment form which would summarize their experiences with COVID-19. In contrast to the Chinese study we found that two beekeepers had died from a SARS-CoV-2 infection and forty-five were affected. The reaction to bee stings (none; mild swelling; severe swelling) correlated with the perceived severity of the SARS-CoV-2-infection-associated symptoms - exhaustion and sore throat. Beekeepers comorbidity correlated with problems with breathing at rest, fever, and diarrhea.

Our results did not confirm the findings of the Chinese study. However, since the antiviral effects of bee venom have been found in several studies, we cannot exclude that there could be a direct preventive or alleviating effect when bee venom is administered during the infection.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0041010120304086

Beekeepers who tolerate bee stings are not protected against SARS-CoV-2 infections, Heidrun Männle, Jutta Hübner, Karsten Münstedt, Toxicon, Volume 187, November 2020, Pages 279-284, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.toxicon.2020.10.004
 

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Just speaking for myself; the main reason for immunity from human transmitted diseases is the almost total lack of contact with other humans.
As a beekeeper, I have never caught a cold or flue from insects.
 

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Beekeepers who tolerate bee stings are not protected against SARS-CoV-2 infections

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• Among German beekeepers, we found two coronavirus-associated deaths and 45 cases of coronavirus infection.
Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be enough information in either of the two ‘studies’….at least from this post.
I know ‘beekeepers’ who have a couple of hives, wear jackets, gloves and veils on those occasions that they open their hives and rarely, if ever get stung. I guess I’d like to see more information on those who got covid.
I think a survey of active apitherapy patients might be more meaningful.
Make no mistake….I have no opinion on this but find it an interesting curiousity.
PS I have not had covid….or at least haven’t had any symptoms.
 

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Hi Alan what "Statistics" are you referring to ? Can you offer a link.
I have looked for a 1000 beekeepers VRS 1000 non Keepers in the same age and health profile stats with out success.

In General Keepers have better immune systems for several reasons, so just wondering.

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All my life I have heard that bee stings are a wonder cure for all kinds of ailments.

A classic is that bee stings cure arthritis. But I know some older commercial beekeepers who have arthritis, and 2 commercial beekeepers (now deceased) who had such bad arthritis they had to retire younger than they wanted.

I myself get stung plenty, several stings every day during the season, yet I catch colds etc same as the next guy. No reason to think I would be protected from covid if exposed.

What might work in commercial beekeepers favor is that the job is more solitary than say, working in an office or a factory, and secondly that a commercial beekeeper has to be reasonably physically fit, less likely to be in the catagory of people in the high risk of dying group.
 

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A beekeeping friend of mine died with Covid the first half of October, and I have had more than 10 friends and acquaintances infected with it. Some with very mild cases, others with severe cases. Living in a small town, it is easier to know what is happening.
 

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A beekeeping friend of mine died with Covid the first half of October, and I have had more than 10 friends and acquaintances infected with it. Some with very mild cases, others with severe cases. Living in a small town, it is easier to know what is happening.
AR, sorry about your friend. I've had several friends who had it, and several folks at work. One friend was hospitalized for 10 days and his son for 24 (kid is 16 and has Down's, don't know if this complicated things). Thankfully, everyone in our community who has had it has recovered (and some folks who are recovering). Same thing, when you know everyone, word gets around.

Our youngest son started feeling rough on Monday. He went and took the test then came home and quarantined himself in his room. He just got the results tonight (Thurs) and it's positive. He is still feeling "like crap", but was up talking with us through a mask on his way across the hall to a bathroom a couple of hours ago. His mom is a nurse of 30 years so he will have the best of care.

On the sting issue, I went out and popped a cover, held 4-5 on the back of my hand, then left the stingers in for a few minutes. Probably do it for several days. Figure it can't hurt. Generally felt bad for several days, but don't think I have it.
 
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