New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hospitals in New York, US say COVID-19 patients are being treated with high dosages of vitamin C after they responded much better than those who were not (after initial positive results in China), The Sun reported on Wednesday. According to the report, doctors in New York are giving patients extremely high dosages of vitamin C at least thrice a day.

The report comes amid rising number of COVID-19 cases around the world-- which has risen over 3 billion.

Speaking to the Sun, Dr Andrew Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said, "intensive care patients with Covid-19 immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous Vitamin C."

Patients continue to receive the same dosage multiple times a day.

“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get Vitamin C,” Dr Weber added to the daily, adding “It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug."

According to Weber, Vitamin C levels of COVID-19 drop automatically when they suffer sepsis as an inflammatory response occurs when their bodies overreact to the infection.

The Vitamin C dosages are 16 times higher than the National Institute of Health daily recommendation, which is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women.

 

Both WHO and NHS say that the only way to protect ourselves is by practising good hygiene and rigorously wash our hands with soap and water.

Despite the above fact, experts have cautioned that the treatment is only experimental saying there is no solid proof that Vitamin C can treat COVID-19.

Besides Vitamin C, anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, various biologics, blood thinners and antibiotic azithromycin are also being administered.

Physicians in China are also carrying out tests to find the effects of Vitamin C on coronavirus.

At least 120 patients are receiving 24g of Vitamin C at Zhongnan Hospital in Wihan every day for a week, the report added.

The results are yet to be published with experts saying they do not know the effectiveness of Vitamin C for some time.

Nutritionists are urging people to eat more Vitamin C rich foods such as citrus fruits like kiwi, orange, papaya, strawberries, broccoli, capsicums, sprouts, among others.

Vitamin C is an effective fighter against cold and flu as it is water-soluble. It cannot be stored in the body.

Including fresh fruits and vegetables seems to be the best way forward, the report stated.

Posted By: James Kuanal