Several recent scientific publications indicate that smokers are more likely to be admitted to ICU with COVID-19.
Strategies for getting the country back to work while minimizing harm – Smart thinking from Dr. David Katz
If I could choose the path that balances the opposing economic and health drivers of social distancing and isolation, this would probably be it. Dr. David Katz outlines a very smart approach that could at least be applied to future pandemics, if not also to our planning for COVID-19 relaxation of lockdown measures.
From DrKF – What’s especially interesting in this case is the less common symptom of oral ulcerations, responded well to frequent saline/iodine gargles. We are seeing several cases like this demonstrating a rapid resolution of symptoms and no complications in healthy individuals. Case clinician: Romilly Hodges CNS Presentation: 45 y/o F in good general…
Dermatologists are reporting an increase of a skin symptom affecting extremities such as hands and feet.
“Skinny fat”, otherwise known as ‘normal-weight obesity’ (NWO), describes the condition of having excess body fat, as a percentage of body mass, even as body-mass index (BMI) is normal.
Recently, we discussed the role of zinc in optimizing hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) antiviral benefit. We’ve also been talking about profound potassium (K+) deficiency (hypokalemia) apparently being caused by CoV-2 hijacking of ACE2 receptors.
A new Harvard-led analysis finds that COVID-19 patients that live in areas with higher air pollution, such as New York City, have experienced a higher death-rate from the infection than those who lived in areas with cleaner air.
Ketones (spefically beta-hydroxybutyrate) have shown to inhibit NLRP3 inflammasome activation, which is a key pathological mechanism in COVID-19.
In a study of 175 COVID-positive patients in collaboration with Wenzhou Hospital in China, nearly all were identified as having hypokalemia (low serum potassium), likely due to the mechanisms of COVID-19 on ACE2 receptors and the renin-angiotensin system.
There has been quite a bit of kerfuffle about the workhorse nutrient vitamin D. We are getting pinged daily on whether it should be used or avoided in the COVID19 pandemic. I believe this question was fueled by a recent write-up mentioning an in vitro study showing that D can up-regulate certain cytokines.