The global coronavirus pandemic continues to rage in many countries around the world, leaving people afraid and uncertain of what will happen. One of the issues that currently makes this virus more dangerous is that we do not have a vaccine or a cure.
While many people who develop symptoms will survive, people with underlying health issues or elderly people may experience severe illness and even fatality. The World Health Organization states that there are many potential treatments being evaluated through clinical trials, but as of now there is no definitive treatment.
On her blog, Dr. Carolyn Dean shares information about ongoing clinical studies in China exploring how vitamin C in large doses may help prevent contracting the virus, and possibly even be used in treating patients. There are several authorized research trials being conducted in China to determine whether vitamin C will prove to be a weapon in the fight against COVID-19.
Vitamin C for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
One of the ways in which Dr. Richard Cheng, editor of the Chinese edition of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (OMNS), states that vitamin C could help to prevent and treat coronavirus, while also treating the secondary and often fatal condition caused by the virus: acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. The PDF attachment looks at the symptoms and causes of ARDS and some of the possible treatments for the condition.
Coronavirus and other viral pandemics often see fatalities caused by ARDS. Dr. Cheng states that large doses of vitamin C administered intravenously have been shown to be beneficial to those suffering from ARDS. Vitamin C is involved in the body’s process of killing viruses and in the prevention of viruses, as well as being a prototypical antioxidant.
In the embedded infographic, you can view some of the statistics for ARDS in the United States.
Vitamin C for Pneumonia
According to data released by the OMNS as of February 10th, 2020, the leading cause of death among patients who have contracted coronavirus to date is pneumonia. Studies that date back more than 80 years have found that vitamin C can be of huge benefit to patients suffering from pneumonia. A study from 1936 found that pneumonia patients experienced reduced pain and lower fevers when vitamin C was administered.
In 1944, another study concluded that vitamin C had great therapeutic and prophylactic value in the treatment of related conditions including purulent bronchitis, lung abscess and bronchopneumonia, restoring normal pulmonary function and alleviating the conditions promptly.
It has been long established that people with insufficient levels of vitamin C remain more susceptible to coronavirus and other flu-type viruses. While vitamin C may not cure coronavirus, it can certainly help to treat patients who are dealing with viral-instigated diseases such as ARDS and pneumonia.
Vitamin C for Treating Viruses
During the SARS outbreak that took place between 2002 and 2004, several medical professionals recommended introducing intravenous vitamin C as part of the treatment process for people dealing with pneumonia-type viruses. Dr. Fred Hui, MD, suggested in 2003 that IV vitamin C administration was a treatment worth trying and appealed to hospitals to try it. Hui added that there was nothing to lose, as vitamin C is famously one of the most harmless substances for humans, even in large doses. Hui commented further that he had long used vitamin C as part of his treatment process for patients presenting with viral illnesses to good effect.
The short video attachment provides further advice for anyone dealing with coronavirus to manage and reduce their symptoms at home if possible.