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Small RCT Suggests Gargling With Iodine Clears the Virus in 4 Days

September 11, 2020 A preprint* released two days ago reports a small randomized controlled trial suggesting that gargling with povidone-iodine clears the virus from the nose and throat within four days. 20 asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic COVID-19 patients from a Malaysian university hospital were randomly allocated into four groups: Group A gargled with 10 milliliters of …

Vitamin D and COVID-19

Finally Confirmed! Vitamin D Nearly Abolishes ICU Risk in COVID-19

September 3, 2020 The first randomized controlled trial (RCT) of vitamin D in COVID-19 has just been published. The results are astounding: vitamin D nearly abolished the odds of requiring treatment in ICU. Although the number of deaths was too small to say for sure, vitamin D may actually abolish the risk of death from …

The First RCT Shows Blocking IL-6 Improves Hypoxia in COVID-19

September 1, 2020 We now have the strongest evidence to date that IL-6 plays a direct role in hypoxia in COVID-19, and as it turns out this is bullish for the use of vitamin D and lactoferrin. Background on IL-6 and COVID-19 I first reported on April 6 that interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels often rise to …

The Latest Vitamin D and COVID-19 Study

August 31, 2020 On August 14, I covered a Mendelian randomization study from the UK Biobank that found no association between genetics that impact vitamin D status and COVID-19. Mendelian randomization studies are thought to be one of the best “natural” substitutes for randomized controlled trials when trying to understand whether an association represents cause-and-effect …

Newly Updated: What I’m Doing for the Coronavirus

Newly updated (in fact, wholly rewritten) August 30, 2020. The original version of this article can be found here. I recently released Version 5.0 of The Food and Supplement Guide for the Coronavirus, with the largest overhaul being the use of three different protocols depending on whether one is in a low-risk, moderate-risk, or high-risk …

Herd Immunity and COVID-19

Are We Already Reaching Herd Immunity?

¬†August 29, 2020 Two recent preprints* (here and here) suggest that herd immunity to COVID-19 is closer at hand than most of us, including myself, have thought, and that it has already been reached in New York City. I am not an epidemiologist, so critiquing the formulas and methods in these papers is beyond my …