New York City medical professionals are taking a new approach in fighting COVID-19; Vitamin C. Vitamin C is commonly understood as a major supporter of our immune systems, but a new clinical trial and research has indicated that Vitamin C may be even more helpful that we thought in fighting COVID-19.
Hospitals in the City are overrun with coronavirus patients, and doctors are looking left and right to find treatments that deliver measurable results.
The incoming patients are outpacing the rate at which doctors are able to stabilize and treat current patients, and this is causing a large crisis in the medical system.
Vitamin C is the latest weapon in treating COVID-19. Doctors are administering 1,500 milligrams of Vitamin C to positive patients, which is over 16 times the recommended daily amount. According to the New York Post and Dr. Andrew Weber, the treatment is actually somewhat effective, as it is given through an IV three to four times a day. It has been giving tangible results to many patients, giving doctors hope that it could be part of the cure.
China is conducting a clinical trial of 24,000 mg/day of intravenous vitamin C for coronavirus patients. They will receive it for 7 days straight at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University. Honor and thanks to Zhiyong Peng, MD, for making this happen. https://t.co/x9lpnmoXVm
— Yardley Wong (@yardleywong) February 12, 2020
Vitamin C was first explored as a treatment in China. Zhiyoung Peng, MD, explained, “China is conducting a clinical trial of 24,000 mg/day of intravenous vitamin C for coronavirus patients. They will receive it for 7 days straight at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University”. He told the Post, “The patients who received Vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get Vitamin C.
It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug”. However, it is not used alone. It is often used in combination with the antimalarial drugs and antibiotics in order to slow the development of the virus in the body.
Doctors are hopeful that this will become standard treatment, as Vitamin C levels decrease when sepsis occurs (Sepsis is the lethal inflammatory response to COVID-19).
The clinical trial began in mid February in China and will run until the end of September. In September, China will release the findings of the clinical trial.
President Trump has tweeted that it is “a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine”.