Coronavirus: does vitamin C help against COVID-19?

Prevent COVID-19 with vitamin C?

It cannot be emphasized enough: to protect yourself against infection with the new coronavirus, it is important to keep your distance from other people and to wash your hands regularly. Vitamin C is also said to help prevent COVID-19, which is caused by the virus. But is that really true?

The disease caused by the new coronavirus COVID-19 can be prevented with vitamin C - at least that is what the internet claims. But is that really true?

Support therapy for severe inflammatory processes

Vitamins are healthy, that much is clear. But do they also help against the corona virus? A steep thesis on this is circulating on social networks. It is alleged that vitamin C is virucidal, so it kills the new coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 "highly effectively".

However, according to experts, there is no evidence of such an effect of vitamin C. However, some researchers consider the vitamin to be a means of supporting the therapy of severe inflammatory processes.

No evidence

A spokeswoman for the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) was unable to confirm the alleged virucidal effects of vitamin C at the request of the German Press Agency. She was not aware of such an effect.

The virologist Stephan Günther from the Bernhard Nocht Institute is also skeptical: he had no evidence that vitamin C could kill the corona virus.

Extremely high dose of vitamin C for pneumonia

However, according to at least some studies, vitamin C in very high doses could help improve the condition of intensive care patients, for example in case of blood poisoning.

Such patients sometimes have a very high vitamin C requirement. In other studies, however, scientists were unable to prove this effect.

In the Chinese city of Wuhan, which was particularly badly affected by COVID-19, a clinical study is currently being carried out on the use of extremely high-dose vitamin C in pneumonia.

The seriously ill patients are injected with 12 grams of vitamin C twice a day - in a dosage that is approximately 240 times the recommended daily amount. However, it will take a while until the results are available. (ad; source: dpa)

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