COVID-19 Immune Support

Novel Coronavirus

(Seattle, WA USA) Greetings from ground-zero of the novel coronavirus in the United States. Epidemiologists expect that a whopping 20 to 60 percent of the world’s adult population could end up contracting this virus. Some good news is that most (~8/10) people who contract COVID-19 will not require medical care. The mortality rate of COVID-19 infection is likely 1-4% of *known* cases. Deaths form COVID-19 are concentrated in the elderly (>60) and in those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and those taking immune suppressants.

Symptoms of minor cases of COVD-19 infection are similar to a severe cold or flu and include: fever >101.5, headache, and cough. Severe symptoms indicating the need for urgent medical care include: severe shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of consciousness (or inability to be aroused), blue face/lips.


The main epidemiological problem with this virus is that unlike the flu with an incubation time of ~2 days, this COVID’s incubation time can be as long as 14 days (average ~5 days). This means that asymptomatic carriers can infect others long before they feel sick themselves.


The top priority for all people and governments should be to slow the spread of  new infections. Reducing the total number of cases is a real benefit, but the more important goal is to blunt the *spike* in the total number of cases. This must be done to prevent overwhelming healthcare resources like respirators and hospital capacity for those that become critically ill.

The primary tools to blunt the spread of COVID-19 are:

  • Simple hygiene: hand washing, covering coughs, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces and objects. Heres my home/office hygiene protocol:
    • 1) Everyone washes their hands with soap and water for 20+ seconds right after they arrive.
    • 2) Cover coughs & sneezes and keep fingers out of mouths/noses. Any failure to do so leads to a  fresh hand-washing. If you can’t stop touching your face, try washing your hands and then handling raw garlic or onion. That ought to help you notice your digits heading toward your cranium.
    • 3) For hard surfaces (faucets, doorknobs, light switches, etc.), use a bleach solution spray (4 teaspoons/quart of water), 70%+ alcohol spray, or Windex/ammonia.
  • Social isolation: avoiding social gatherings movies, concerts, restaurants, conferences, (even play-dates) and staying >6 feet apart from others).
  • Testing: Although still limited and given only on doctors’ orders, rapid and drive-through testing centers will soon be available.

Lifestyle tips to protect yourself and loved ones:

  • Sleep: Aim for 7.5-9.0 hours a night. Take melatonin or Mag-threonate as needed.
  • Do a 12+ hour fast every day (e.g. 7pm-9am or longer).
  • Hydration: Drink 2.0-3.0 liters per day. (that’s 8-12, 8oz glasses of water)
  • Movement: Keep your body moving. Aim for 10,000 steps. Do not exercise to exhaustion or extremes.
  • Relaxation: pets, walking, sunsets, snuggles, L-theanine lozenges
  • Avoid sugar and other empty calories.
  • Sunlight: the UV light from the sun is actually quite effective at killing COVID.
  • Avoid/limit alcohol.


Preventative supplements:

Emergen-C Immune+, 3/day (click here) each one contains:

  • Vitamin C: 1000 mg
  • Zinc: 10 mg
  • Vitamin D 1000

Elderberry Gummies 3/day (click here) each one contains:

  • Elderberry: 100 mg
  • Vitamin C: 90 mg
  • Zinc: 7 mg
  • Propolis: 50 mg
  • Echinacea: 25 mg

Vitamin A (click here)

  • 10,000 IU/day

If you feel sick with symptoms that could be COVID-19:

  • Self-isolate for 2-weeks, or the duration of your illness +5 days.
  • Call a primary care provider (MD, ND, DO, ARNP), to determine if you are a candidate to be tested for COVID-19. They should ask about your symptoms and contact with others known to have the disease.
  • Get tested if the test is ordered. Ask about the availability of drive-through testing.

RDS-transportCall 9-1-1/EMS right away if you or someone you are caring for has:

  • *Major* shortness of breath. If they can say “Trump is a nincompoop” without gasping, they’re probably not there yet.
  • Other Emergency warning signs include*:
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face.

(*This list is not all-inclusive. Consult with your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.)

Supplements for  COVID-19 or other severe viral infections:

    NAC (click here)
    1000-2000mg 3x/day. Take with a *full* pint of water. This is critical because it will thin and loosen mucus in chest and sinuses. This alone can prevent respiratory distress and needing ventilator/ICU care.
  • L-Lysine (click here): 3000mg 2x/day. That’s 6 capsules twice a day)
  • Vitamin A and D: Increase to 50,000 IU of each 3x/ day for up to 3 days. (Maximum of 5,000 of A and D 2x/day if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant)
  • Zinc: increase to 50mg daily
  • Vitamin C: 500-1000 mg 3-6x/day (up to bowel tolerance)
  • Elderberry: Increase the dose to 500mg 3x/day for the first 3-4 days.

Vaccine? Don’t count on is anytime soon. A Phase-1 clinical trial of an investigational vaccine against COVID-19 began March 16, 2020, at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in Seattle. Even with great haste, it may be 12-18 months before a safe and effective vaccine becomes available.

May we all be well!

Author: trmorrisnd

Naturopathic Medical Doctor and IFMCP (Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner) serving patients in Seattle, Washington and wordwide through remote consultations

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