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COVID-19 health tips will be provided on this page, including a list of supplements to help your immune system, and things to do if you think that you have been exposed to the coronavirus


Supplements to help your immune system


Vitamin C

   * Vitamin C is critical to the immune system and there is plenty of studies to show that it is effective against viruses, although there is no proof that is effective towards COVID-19, it should be considered.

   * 1000-2000mg is the usual dosage of vitamin C, but please remember that fresh fruits can provide you with a significant amount of Vitamin C.

   * Reference: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-coronavirus#bottom-line


Vitamin D

   * Vitamin D helps to reduce inflammation and can significantly reduce the risk of developing upper respiratory infections. Many people have low vitamin D levels and it can be easily checked with the blood test. The greatest benefit of those that are receiving a daily or weekly dose and not those you just take a bolus dose.

   * 2,500 international unit a day dosage is good place to start, but having your blood level test and dosing specifically based on your level is more ideal.

   * Reference: https://www.tcd.ie/news_events/articles/vitamin-d-could-help-fight-off-covid-19-new-tilda-research/

 
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

   *  It is another powerful antioxidant that attenuates respiratory viruses reducing the severity of the disease. It does this by helping the liver get rid of toxins.

   * 600 mg is the usual dose to be taken twice a day.

   * Reference: European Respiratory Journal 1997 July 10th(7): 1535-41


Quercetin

   * Quercetin is a substance that is found in the pigment of many common fruits & vegetables such as apples, grapes, berries and onions. It is also available as an over-the-counter supplement. It is an antioxidant that plays an important role in helping your body combat free radical damage. It can prevent viruses from entering the host cells and reduce the incidence of acute respiratory diseases.

   * 500 mg twice a day is the usual dose

   * Reference: Viruses. 2016 Jan; 8(1): 6.

 
Zinc

   * Zinc is a nutrient that helps your immune system fight off respiratory infection by directly block the replication of a virus.

   * 40 mg a day is recommended

   * Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6628855/


9 Things to Do if You've Been Exposed to COVID-19

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    Stay home. If you've been exposed, you should stay in isolation for 14 days. Don't go to school, work, or public areas. And don't use public transportation, ride-shares, or taxis unless you have no choice. Leave your home only if you need to get medical care. But call the doctor's office first so they know you're coming, and wear a cloth face cover when you go.

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    Call your doctor. Call your doctor or other health professional to let them know that you've been exposed. They might want you to be tested, or they may have other instructions for you. 

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    If you become sick, wear a face cover when you are around other people. It can help stop the spread of the virus when you cough or sneeze. 

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    Limit contact with people in your home. If possible, stay in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom. 

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    Avoid contact with pets and other animals.

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    Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw it in the trash right away. 

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    Wash your hands often, especially after you cough or sneeze. Use soap and water, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

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    Don't share personal household items. These include bedding, towels, cups and glasses, and eating utensils. 

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    Clean and disinfect your home every day. Use household cleaners or disinfectant wipes or sprays. Take special care to clean things that you grab with your hands. These include doorknobs, remote controls, phones, and handles on your refrigerator and microwave. And don't forget countertops, tabletops, bathrooms, and computer keyboards. 

Care instructions adapted under license by In Your Best Interest Medical Clinic, INC. This care instruction is for use with your licensed healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.