Using massive doses of IV vitamin C has been suggested in China for patients with COVID-19. Vitamin C is not a proven treatment but deserves future research.

A press release issued by the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University in China says that massive doses of intravenous vitamin C has shown promise in people suffering from severe coronary pneumonia from COVID-19. They suggest that very high doses may have antioxidant effect, reduce inflammation, improve endothelial function, act as an antiviral and prevent lung injury and acute respiratory distress.

In a second development in China, the Shanghai Medical Association has released a consensus paper recommending high dose vitamin C for anyone with COVID-19. The dose they recommend is very high, is administered intravenously and is started early.

At least three studies of high dose vitamin C for COVID-19 have now been approved in China.

There are also reports out of a hospital in Daegu, South Korea, of promising use of high dose intravenous vitamin C.

According to a March 24 article in the New York Post, based on these reports out of China, New York State’s largest hospital system is “widely using” massive IV doses of vitamin C for people who are seriously ill with COVID-19. Dr. Andrew Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities in New York State, says that “The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” echoing claims coming out of China.

Vitamin C is not being used alone, but in combination with conventional drugs.

The efficacy of vitamin C treatment has not been established, but the experience in China, South Korea and New York suggests the value of future research.

This blog was written by Ted Snider.

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