Information regarding COVID-19 (the infection produced by the Coronavirus) continues to accumulate. There are reports in the medical literature of gastrointestinal problems (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain) as early symptoms of infection, preceding the onset of upper respiratory symptoms.

An article in the New York Times this morning describes the health-care system in Northern Italy being overwhelmed, and not able to provide help to many people.

An op-ed piece by David Brooks in the same issue reviews descriptions of severe epidemic diseases in the historical record (plague, cholera, etc.) where societies instinctively adopted extreme social distancing and where some of the “worst” instincts of human beings came to predominate.

Social distancing is probably the most important thing that people can do to protect themselves individually but also society as a whole (by slowing the epidemic down, and hopefully not overwhelming the system with extremely high numbers of cases). But at the same time, we should not abandon compassion for others, and we should be aware that loneliness makes health problems worse.

A colleague of mine (Mitchell Fleischer MD), who is very knowledgeable about the nutritional aspects of health, suggests the following supplements as being potentially useful in the current situation:

Licorice root extract (with high Glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhizic acid or glycyrrhizinic acid content); proven to inhibit coronaviral replication. (Note: should not be used for people with high blood pressure).

Argentyn-23 colloidal silver – helps to safely kill bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites without causing dysbiosis.

C-Aspa-Scorb – high potency buffered vitamin C with magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc; no sodium or calcium.

MyCommunity Host Defense – powerful, organic, medicinal mushroom complex (made in USA); shown to be so effective that the DOD buys it in large quantities to distribute to armed services personnel stationed overseas in unhygienic regions, e.g., Middle East, Africa, etc.