We’re back with Part II of our COVID-19 series. Part I shared information about the virus around the world, and today we’re empowering you by sharing the MANY treatments and preventions for COVID-19 you can use with your family. Don’t miss the second half of the article that contains a long list of peer-reviewed articles supporting and expanding upon the data we’ve shared.
Treatments and Prevention of COVID-19
• Several treatments for COVID-19 are showing promise. Some treatments backed by science are antimalarial drugs, vitamin C, and melatonin. Please see peer-reviewed articles in numbers 1-3 below. Find a good overview article here.
• Homeopathic remedies are a treatment option. Dr. Herscu is a well-respected homeopath who works with infectious disease, and he has published some helpful COVID-19 remedies on his website and Facebook page. He has found these homeopathic remedies to be most helpful for COVID-19: Sulphur, Lycopodium, Bryonia. More helpful remedies: Phosphorus and Arsenicum album. For more information from Dr. Herscu please visit New England School of Homeopathy Paul Herscu Amy Rothenberg.
• Some research-based preventative recommendations for immune-enhancing/virus disrupting nutrients are vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, fish oil, and probiotics. There are the obvious preventative measures like staying well hydrated, reducing/eliminating sugar intake, getting plenty of rest, staying active, stress-reducing activities, basic nutrition, and sunshine. The virus seems to be easily killed with simple cleaning solutions like soap, bleach, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.
• Governments around the world are looking for a COVID-19 vaccine, and pharmaceutical companies have jumped at the chance to create one. Some companies in the US and overseas are currently working to develop a vaccine. President Trump has admitted they are skipping steps along the way. One company, Moderna, skipped critical animal testing and moved directly to human trials. Moderna is attempting a brand new vaccine technology using mRNA (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/16/health/coronavirus-vaccine.html). The US company, Johnson and Johnson, is working on a vaccine.
Here are pertinent journal articles (with summaries) about COVID-19
1. COVID-19 and anti-malaria drugs (Chloroquine Phosphate, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, hydroxychloroquine + azithromycin)
The antiviral chloroquinone phosphate may improve patient outcomes for those with coronavirus pneumonia. Some doctors are already successfully using it.
“Here we found that treating the patients diagnosed as novel coronavirus pneumonia with chloroquine might improve the success rate of treatment, shorten hospital stay and improve patient outcome….It recommended chloroquine phosphate tablet, 500mg twice per day for 10 days for patients diagnosed as mild, moderate and severe cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia and without contraindications to chloroquine.”
The FDA is collaborating with China, Japan, South Korea, and Italy to find solutions for treating COVID-19. The FDA stated on March 20, 2020, that there are, “no FDA-approved therapeutics or drugs to treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.” We know they are actively working on treatments like chloroquine phosphate.
Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine as available weapons to fight COVID-19
Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19: results of an open-label non-randomized clinical trial
2. COVID-19 and vitamin C
Use in New York
Use in China
• Melatonin production is an indicator of COVID-19 severity. Melatonin targets an important inflammasomes that has been identified to be a source of acute symptoms in COVID-19 induced pneumonia. The end of the article provides dosing suggestions for melatonin and vitamin C.
• “The fact that the pro-inflammatory cytokine storm effects are induced by the activation of NLRP3 inflammasomes, the ability of melatonin to INHIBIT NLRP3 inflammasome elevates this powerful molecule to a truly unique position in the fight against COVID-19. It indicates that melatonin production is the reason why children under the age of 9 seldom exhibit severe symptoms. Children may exhibit mild or even no symptoms, yet they have been infected by SARS-CoV-2.”
4. COVID-19 and children
• “There were 731 (34.1%) laboratory-confirmed cases and 1412 (65.9%) suspected cases. The median age of all patients was 7 years (interquartile range: 2-13), and 1213 cases (56.6%) were boys. Over 90% of all patients were asymptomatic, mild, or moderate cases. The median time from illness onset to diagnoses was 2 days (range: 0 to 42 days).”
• This is a preprint article that has not yet been peer-reviewed or published. The study analyzed the blood types of COVID-19 patients in China. It compares the incidence of A, B, AB, and O blood type between COVID-19 patients and the control group who did not contract the virus. The data suggests people with type A blood may have a higher risk of infection, and those with type O blood may lower the risk of infection.
This study analyzing COVID-19 testing found that of those that tested positive, 80% are false positives.
Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data
8. COVID-19 and zinc
9. Therapeutic options for COVID-19 according to the CDC
10. COVID-19 smoking and pollution – ACE2 receptor
Admittedly, Dr. David Brownstein learned from Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych about the potential reason COVID-19 has devastated young males in China. It may be related to the high percentage of smokers in those countries. 60% of men smoke in China, compared to 16% in the US. Smoking creates additional ACE2 receptors in the lungs that COVID-19 attaches to in the body. This could account for higher serious cases and deaths in China.