Coronavirus treatment is a race against time.
So many people have gotten sick so quickly that our healthcare system is stretched to the breaking point in many places.
We face a critical shortage of ventilators, hospital beds, and healthcare worker protective gear.
That’s why it is vitally important that doctors figure out a way to get patients to recover faster, so precious medical resources are available to all who need them.
But coronavirus recovery can be a long, drawn out process. Critically ill patients often spend weeks in the hospital hooked up to a breathing machine until they recover.
A new study may have found a way to help them get better faster.
Researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of Sydney looked at eight controlled trials that tested vitamin C on ventilated ICU patients.[i]
The scientists found that it shortened the time patients were on ventilators by 14%.
But the vitamin was most beneficial for the sickest patients. Taking one to six grams of vitamin C per day cut their time on a breathing machine by 25%.
Dr. Harri Hemila was a co-author of the study. He said the study shows “strong evidence of benefit” for vitamin C treatment in patients on ventilators.[ii]
Vitamin C ‘Helps a Tremendous Amount’
There’s much more to be said for vitamin C.
An earlier study conducted by Dr. Hemila at the University of Helsinki’s Department of Public Health showed that vitamin C helps treat and prevent pneumonia.[iii]
Vitamin C is already being used as a standard treatment for COVID-19 patients in both China and New York City. The Shanghai Government Medical Association recommends it.
Northwell Health, New York state’s largest hospital system, says vitamin C is widely used as a coronavirus treatment in its facilities.
Dr. Andrew G. Weber is a pulmonologist and critical care specialist. He works at two Long Island hospitals. He routinely gives his coronavirus patients 1,500 mg of vitamin C, three or four times a day.
Dr. Weber started using vitamin C after noticing the positive results in China. “The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better,” he said.[iv]
In his own patients he’s found “It helps a tremendous amount.”
Unlike other new treatments such as the malaria medication hydroxychloroquine, vitamin C has not received much publicity. Dr. Weber believes that’s because vitamin C is a nutritional supplement, not a drug. “It is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug,” he said.
Vitamin C levels in coronavirus patients drop dramatically when they suffer sepsis, an inflammatory response that occurs when their bodies overreact to the infection, Dr. Weber said.
“It makes all the sense in the world to try to maintain this level of vitamin C,” he said.
A clinical trial testing the effectiveness of intravenous vitamin C on coronavirus patients began in February in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the pandemic. The results are not expected for several months.
But unlike drug treatments, there is little risk to taking vitamin C. It usually has no side effects. Some people suffer stomach problems when taking high doses.[v]
If you or a loved one is sick with coronavirus, show the doctor this article. Talk to him or her about adding vitamin C to the treatment regimen.
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