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Vitamins C and D3
Vitamins C and D3

Wondering what vitamins, and supplements to take to boost your immunity during the pandemic? Did you know that vitamins such as vitamin D3 and Vitamin C play an important your body's ability to fight infections including respiratory infections? A recent meta-analysis that included 11,321 people from 14 countries demonstrated that supplementing with vitamin D decreased the risk of acute respiratory infections (ARI) in both those who were deficient in vitamin D and those with adequate levels.

Vitamin D supplements have also been shown to reduce mortality in older adults, who are most at risk for developing respiratory illnesses like coronavirus infections

Alarming stats:Thanks to the obesity epidemic, as many as 69.5% of the US population is vitamin D deficient putting us at increased risk of infections such as COVID-19

Here is WikiMD's recommendation^.

  • Vitamin D - 20,000 units of vitamin D3 daily for all adults for a period of 4-8 weeks^
  • Vitamin C - 1000 mg of Vitamin C twice daily for all adults^
  • Zinc - 100 mg of Zinc daily for all adults^.
  • Multivitamin - We recommend a multivitamin with minerals once a day for all adults^.

^ Please check with your healthcare provider before taking any vitamins. Children's dose should be proportionate to their weight.

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Coronavirus virion structure

Structure of SARS-COv-2, the coronavirus that causes Coronavirus disease 2019.

Like other coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2 particles are spherical and have proteins called spikes protruding from their surface. These spikes latch onto human cells, then undergo a structural change that allows the viral membrane to fuse with the cell membrane.

The viral genes can then enter the host cell to be copied, producing more viruses. Like the virus that caused the 2002 SARS outbreak, SARS-CoV-2 spikes bind to receptors on the human cell surface called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).

The SARS-CoV-2 spike was 10 to 20 times more likely to bind ACE2 on human cells than the spike from the SARS virus from 2002.


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