Arizona has started the process of re-opening and it is really refreshing to be able to go to stores, restaurants, beauty salons, and, hopefully soon, movie theaters. There is talk of sporting events happening, such as NASCAR, NBA, NHL, and maybe, MLB. Unfortunately, Arizona has been in the headlines as one of several states with COVID-19 cases increasing, as well as more hospitalizations and ICU’s being filled up.
It is very important not to forget all we have learned the past few months about social distancing, faithfully washing our hands well, wearing masks in public, and avoiding large gatherings. Of concern is the fact that earlier this month, two leading medical journals retracted papers regarding the effect of drug treatments on the clinical course of patients with COVID-19. The Lancet retracted a paper on hydroxychloroquine use being accompanied by an increased risk of death and the New England Journal of Medicine retracted a paper that reported the use of inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system was not accompanied by an increased risk of death, both papers concerning patients with COVID-19. It is disheartening to see that our peer-reviewed process failed us during the COVID-19 pandemic. A well-respected physician has repeatedly stated, “Only trust your mother!” when it comes to what is being published in today’s medical journals.
Let us reaffirm what we know to be true and factual. Vitamin D3 supplementation, the use of melatonin, supplements such as zinc and selenium, as well as optimization of hormones, all help in avoiding or mitigating the effects of this coronavirus. Remember, if you feel under the weather, come in for a Myers’ cocktail, which will help boost your own immune system. And if you are really feeling under the weather, then high dose Vitamin C drips have been shown to be extremely helpful in overturning the harmful effects of most viruses.
We are entering into uncharted territory as it relates to this novel coronavirus. Remain diligent and optimistic. We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies, so we can continue to support YOU and communities as needed.
Be safe. Be healthy.
Herman Pang, M.D.