The Latest COVID-19 Treatment Regimens

The latest COVID-19 treatment regimens do not include zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, CBD oil, azithromycin, or hydroxychloroquine.

As cases surge once again, let’s do an update on COVID-19 treatment regimens, after all, you have likely been hearing about cures and treatments for months now, right?

This doc also has a daily "immune booster" regimen that has you taking zinc, aspirin, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, NAC, vitamin C, probiotics, CBD oil, and Elderberry, in addition to taking hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, budesonide, methylprednisolone, losartan, and ivermectim when you get sick with COVID-19.
This doc also has a daily “immune booster” regimen that has you taking zinc, aspirin, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, NAC, vitamin C, probiotics, CBD oil, and Elderberry, in addition to taking hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, budesonide, methylprednisolone, losartan, and ivermectim when you get sick with COVID-19.

Unfortunately, despite the “treatments” that some folks are pushing, there still isn’t a cure and there aren’t any treatments that are very effective for COVID-19.

Sure, the FDA has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for some treatments, including monoclonal antibodies, convalescent plasma, remdesivir, bamlanivimab, baricitinib, and casirivimab and imdevimab, but most are either for patients with severe COVID-19 or who are progressing to severe COVID-19.

The Latest COVID-19 Treatment Regimens

But why wouldn’t you take over a dozen medicines if someone on the Internet tells you they read a bunch of well designed studies, he has the support of “America’s Frontline Doctors,” and he has his own statistics proving they work?

Take home point - don't trust a health care provider who says that masks and lockdowns do nothing.
Take home point – don’t trust a health care provider who says that masks and lockdowns do nothing.

Because it all quickly falls apart if you really take a close look at what he is doing.

Consider Dr. Procter’s comparison of “death rates”…

He is trying to talk about the case fatality rate, but fails to mention any of the things that would cause his practice to have lower rates than the rest of the world, especially younger patients without many co-morbid conditions who aren’t yet hospitalized.

How many of Dr. Procter's patients are over age 65?
How many of Dr. Procter’s patients are over age 65?

And the bias in his data aside, there is evidence that shows his recommended treatments don’t work.

Some are even dangerous.

“The results of an observational study suggest that delayed viral clearance may be a concern in patients with non-severe COVID-19 who are receiving corticosteroids without antiviral drugs. Corticosteroids have also been associated with delayed viral clearance and/or worse clinical outcomes in patients with other viral respiratory infections.”

Therapeutic Management of Patients with COVID-19

So you should likely avoid these medications and unless you have a vitamin deficiency (zinc and vitamin C deficiency are very uncommon in developed countries), there is likely no good reason to take extra or high doses of vitamins to try and prevent or treat COVID-19.

The latest NIH recommendations for treating COVID-19 in hospitalized patients.
The latest NIH recommendations for treating COVID-19 in hospitalized patients.

You should certainly make sure you are getting plenty of all of these important nutrients, especially vitamin D, but there are no treatments for COVID-19 if you aren’t hospitalized. And understand that no treatments that will keep you from requiring hospitalization.

Mostly understand that the kind of multi-drug COVID-19 treatment regimens you might see some doctors pushing are not proven, are not recommended, and likely won’t help you get better any faster.

And again, some are harmful!

So why do some people think they work?

“Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.”

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Mythbusters

Probably the same reason that some folks think that eating garlic works against COVID-19 – it is a highly variable disease and some people have very mild symptoms and get better quickly. If you are lucky enough to be one of these people and you tried some alternative treatment, you will likely associate your quick recovery with that treatment, even if it was just a coincidence.

“New symptoms are usually due to the virus rather than side effects of medications.”

Brian Procter, MD

And if you are really lucky when following one of these treatment regimens, you won’t suffer any side effects as you try to recover from your COVID-19 symptoms. Especially if you are being treated by a doctor who might ignore those side effects…

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Who Are the Real COVID-19 Experts?

Don’t be confused by fake COVID-19 experts pushing their own agendas that are opposite the guidance of the real experts.

Why are you still confused about who you should listen to for advice about COVID-19 and who the real experts are?

Why is an oral surgeon treating people with COVID-19?
Why is an oral surgeon treating people with COVID-19?

The usual suspects…

Who Are the Real COVID-19 Experts?

Consider that in Texas, where COVID-19 cases are once again surging, Texas Senator Bob Hall is telling folks that they should no longer be afraid and is touting his very own COVID-19 “experts,” including:

  • Dennis Spence DDS, MD – an oral surgeon
  • Robin Armstrong, MD – an internal medicine doctor, he gave hydroxychloroquine to dozens of elderly patients in nursing homes without informed consent in his own “observational study.”
  • Brian C. Procter, MD – a family medicine doctor who has become one of Collin County’s leading Botox and Juvederm providers, and has made claims about successfully treating COVID-19 patients using “hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, losartan, aspirin, zinc, and CBD [Cannabidiol oil] as an anti-inflammatory.” Proctor has also come out against wearing masks!
  • Richard P. Bartlett, MD – a family practice doctor, he is pushing the idea that budesonide, an inhaled steroid, is a silver bullet cure for COVID-19. Of course, that wouldn’t explain why people with asthma, who already take these drugs daily, die with COVID-19…
  • Stella Immanuel, MD – a pediatrician who continues to push the use of hydroxychloroquine.
  • Richard Urso, MD – an opthalmologist who seems to think that hydroxychloroquine should be available over the counter..

With so many docs writing scripts for their patients, it’s kind of like it is already…

Hydroxychloroquine should not be available over the counter!
Why is an ophthalmologist an expert on COVID-19?

So are any of these folks experts on COVID-19?

There is no evidence that Urso's COVID-19 cocktail will stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
There is no evidence that Urso’s COVID-19 cocktail will stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

While they are physicians, none seem to have any extra training in public health, virology, or infectious diseases.

Just as I wouldn’t go to Dr. Fauci if I had a cataract, I wouldn’t go to an ophthalmologist if I needed help dealing with a novel viral pandemic…

These folks do not seem to be experts and should likely not be making any treatment or policy recommendations that are outside their areas of expertise.

Listen to the real experts. #IStandWithFauci
Listen to the real experts. #IStandWithFauci

You should not be listening to them, especially when their recommendations go against the guidance of the real experts on COVID-19, such as:

You certainly shouldn’t be listening to politicians touting so-called experts pushing unproven and dangerous cures and treatments, as they have one goal – to make you think the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t that bad…

A naturopathic doctor had a lot to say about COVID-19 at this City Council meeting that voted to allow 4th of July activities in the city...
A naturopathic doctor had a lot to say about COVID-19 at this City Council meeting that voted to allow 4th of July activities in the city…

But how do you explain their “success” they are having with their COVID-19 patients?

The success they think they are having is built on anecdotal evidence.

“The overall cumulative hospitalization rate was 107.2 per 100,000 population. Among the 0-4 years, 5-17 years, 18-49 years, 50-64 years, and ≥ 65 years age groups, the highest rate of hospitalization is among adults aged ≥ 65, followed by adults aged 50-64 years and adults aged 18-49 years.”

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And misses the fact that most folks don’t end up in the hospital when they have COVID-19…

They also do a lot of cherry picking, ignoring any studies or evidence that show what they are doing might not be right.

“Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, with or without azithromycin or clarithromycin, offer no benefit in treating patients with COVID-19 and, instead, are associated with ventricular arrhythmias and higher rates of mortality, according to a major new international study.”

More Evidence Hydroxychloroquine Is Ineffective, Harmful in COVID-19

Still confused?

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