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Vitamin C Vs. The Coronavirus

A group of medical doctors and scientists met on March 17, 2020 to discuss the use of high dose intravenous vitamin C (IVC) in the treatment of moderate to severe cases of Covid-19 patients.

The key guest was Dr. Enqian Mao, chief of emergency care and a member of the Senior Expert Team at the Shanghai Public Health Center, where all Covid-19 patients have been treated.

When Covid-19 broke out, he and other experts thought of vitamin C and recommended IVC for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of Covid-19 patients. All serious or critically ill Covid-19 patients in the Shanghai area were treated in Shanghai Public Health Center, for a total of 358 Covid-19 patients as of March 17th, 2020.

Dr. Mao stated that his group treated 50 cases of moderate to severe cases of Covid-19 infection with high dose vitamin C. All patients who received vitamin C improved and there was no mortality. There were no side effects reported from any of the cases treated with high dose IVC.

What about Regular Oral Dosing?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, there are about 80,000 dead from annual influenzas, escalating to pneumonia, in the USA. Fortunately, COVID-19 has a relatively low death rate, but the problem is that it is easily spread.

Coronavirus is a very serious contagious disease. But contagion to a virus largely depends on the susceptibility of the host (in other words, how strong a person's immune system is or isn't). It is well established that low vitamin C levels increase susceptibility to viruses. Low vitamin C levels = increased chance of getting sick, High Vitamin C levels = reduced risk of getting sick.

Vitamin C lowers mortality

It is one thing to be sick from a virus and another thing entirely to die from a viral-instigated disease. It must be emphasized that a mere 200-500 mg of vitamin C per day resulted in an 80% decrease in deaths among severely ill, hospitalized respiratory disease patients.

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Don't take my word for it...Want to read more?

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P.S. There is so much we can do today and, in the future, to protect our health and well-being. Taking Vitamin C is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do right now.