Most recent update: July 29, 2020
FDA-approved treatments for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and its resulting COVID-19 disease are scarce and poor quality, but scientists and doctors have found many potential treatments that look promising.
Part of the problem is that SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 are recent and there has not been enough time for in-depth research or clinical trials. However, as the SARS-CoV-2 virus is very similar to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV coronaviruses, research done on those over the past decade or more is likely applicable.
Some promising options are already FDA-approved treatments for other conditions, but many may never be FDA-approved because they cannot be patented and sold for extreme profits. You may have to turn to alternative medicine practitioners or medical systems in countries less fascist than the US to get some such treatments.
This list is not intended to advocate for any of them or to prescribe anything for treatment. It is intended to refer you to information that discusses how various nutrients, herbs, pharmaceuticals, and other approaches may help people avoid infection or reduce risk for serious injury or death from viral infections.
Some of items on the list address nutrient deficiencies and high-risk comorbidities given the possibility that improving these conditions may reduce the risk of serious harm from COVID-19.
Please consult a competent medical provider and spend significant time of your own investigating anything listed here before trusting it is applicable, safe for you, and effective.
Every person is unique, with unique genetics and epigenetics, health status, diet, lifestyle, and environment. Therefore what works well for one person could be ineffective or even harm another.
The list will be updated as new information becomes available, so check back occasionally to see if there is something new.
General Background on Virus and Immune Support
Respiratory Immune Support: Focus on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
Explains background information on virus including similar viruses and symptoms, available medical treatments, and provides brief information on several supplements that may be helpful.
Prevention and Treatment Recommendations Including Supplements As Suggested By Medical Doctors
How to Fix the COVID-19 Crisis in 30 Days
New data out of Europe shows that simply raising vitamin D3 levels may cut rates of severe COVID-19 infections and deaths to near zero. This article also discusses quercetin, zinc, magnesium, selenium, time-restricted eating, low-carb and cyclical ketogenic diets, and molecular hydrogen and how they all may help reduce risk from COVID-19.
Dr. Richard Bartlett Talks COVID Cures on American Can We Talk?
Dr. Richard Bartlett discusses the medicine Budesonide that he believes has enabled Taiwan, a nation of 25 million with close cultural ties to China, to have only 7 deaths in the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of his discussion is what has happened with rapid recoveries in his own patients to whom he is prescribing this medicine.
Eastern Virginia Medical School Critical Care COVID-19 Management Protocol
A detailed protocol document developed by Dr. Paul Marik, MD.
Two-page summary of EVMS Critical Care COVID-19 Management Protocol
COVID-19: Life-saving Strategies the New Media Will Never Tell You
Discussion of COVID-19 and its treatment by Dr. Paul Thomas MD.
Immune Support Supplements
Lactoferrin Helps Protect Against Viruses
Lactoferrin is a natural immune compound high in mother’s milk, especially colostrum. This article discusses lactoferrin’s broad effect in scientific studies against a wide range of viruses including SARS-CoV.
Immune-Boosting Effects of Melatonin
Melatonin is most well-known as a sleep-promoting hormone, but it also has many other effects including boosting immune system function in many ways.
Improving Mucosal Defenses Helps Resist Respiratory Tract Infections
Probiotic Phage Blend Fights Digestive Problems and Boosts Immune Defenses
Probiotics and bacteriophages can be used in supplement form to enhance mucosal barrier resistance to bacterial and viral pathogens and the mechanisms of action should work against pathogens in general. One study discussed evaluate effect on flu season infections and found (quoted from article):
The impact this probiotic treatment had on respiratory infections was not subtle! The number of flu and flu-like viral illnesses were reduced by an impressive 75%. The rate of colds—also a viral illness—was also reduced, by 39%.
Vaccines Raise Coronavirus Infection Risk
Pentagon Study: Flu Shot Raises Risk of Coronavirus by 36% (and Other Supporting Studies)
Flu vaccination raises the rates of coronavirus and non-influenza respiratory viral infections, thereby putting the population at higher risk of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections
Insulin Resistance Raises COVID-19 Risks
The Real Pandemic Is Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is a major risk factor for severe COVID-19 infections, especially deadly cytokine storms. People with type 2 diabetes are insulin resistant, but the problem in the US probably affects most of the population even if they have not been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Air Pollution May Raise COVID-19 Risks
COVID-19 PM2.5: A national study on long-term exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 mortality in the United States
Results: We found that an increase of only 1 μg/m3 in PM2.5 is associated with an 8% increase in the COVID-19 death rate (95% confidence interval [CI]: 2%, 15%). The results were statistically significant and robust to secondary and sensitivity analyses.
Study Shows Link Between Fine Particle Air Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality
A Harvard study shows a statistical correlation between PM2.5 air pollution (particles 2.5 micrometers and smaller that can even get into bloodstream) and COVID-19 deaths.
For example, the study found that an individual living in a county for decades with high levels of PM2.5 is 15 percent more likely to die from the coronavirus than someone in a region with one unit less of the fine particulate pollution.
Problems With Mask and Social Distancing Recommendations
Scientists Find Coronavirus Can Linger In The Air Of Crowded Spaces Longer Than We Thought
WHO guidelines regarding when to wear a mask fail to account for virus staying airborne for long times
For social distancing to truly work, people would need to stand 26 feet apart, say researchers
New MIT study says that sneezes or coughs can create cloud of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles up to 23 to 27 feet from infected person, meaning 6 foot social distancing is not adequate for protection.
Hydroxychloroquine and Connections with Zinc, Zinc Ionophores, and Zinc-Deficiency Diseases
Treatment with hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and combination in patients hospitalized with COVID-19
This study on hospital inpatients in the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, United States, shows that hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin cut death rate significantly even in these very sick patients.
New York Dr. Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko Reports Success Against COVID-19 With Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin, and Zinc
Discusses early results using hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and azithromycin to treat COVID-19 patients in New York City
Surgisphere: mass audit of papers linked to firm behind hydroxychloroquine Lancet study scandal
“Credible” mainstream medical journals Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine were caught publishing studies to discredit hydroxychloroquine using apparently fake data claimed to have been from Australia, but none of the hospital had ever heard of the Surgisphere firm providing the data. Further investigation is uncovering other apparent scientific frauds related to the firm and its founder.
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS, Plaintiff, v. FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION; DR. STEPHEN M. HAHN, Commissioner of Food & Drugs, in his official capacity; BIOMEDICAL ADVANCED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY; GARY L. DISBROW, Ph.D., Acting Director, Biomedical Advanced Research & Development Authority, in his official capacity; DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES; and ALEX AZAR, Secretary of Health & Human Services, in his official capacity, Defendants.
A group of physicians sues US government officials who have interfered with the use of hydroxychloroquine to protect Americans from COVID-19.
Coronavirus: Debunking The Hydroxychloroquine ‘Controversy’ (Dr. Chris Martenson)
Some recent scientific studies are showing that hydroxychloroquine does not work but they are using incorrect treatment protocols that lack zinc that some doctors claim is necessary for the zinc ionophore effect of chloroquine to raise intracellular levels of zinc to slow or block viral replication.