Prevention and Treatment of Influenza, Influenza-Like Illness, and Common Cold by Herbal, Complementary, and Natural Therapies
There is scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of several complementary therapies for colds.
This review focuses on the role of zinc as an essential micronutrient that is required to mount an effective antiviral response.
Does Zinc Supplementation Enhance the Clinical Efficacy of Chloroquine/Hydroxychloroquine to Win Today’s Battle Against COVID-19?
Currently, drug repurposing is an alternative to novel drug development for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Improving the Efficacy of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine Against SARS-CoV-2 May Require Zinc Additives – A Better Synergy for Future COVID-19 Clinical Trials
As of now, there is no known effective pharmaceutical agent against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Read more about the several precautionary measures.
For prevention, vitamin C demonstrated benefit in a large meta-analysis, with possibly increased benefit in patients subjected to cold stress.
In a controlled trial of 226 patients with influenza A, 114 patients received vitamin C 300 mg/day, and 112 patients served as controls; outcomes measured were development of pneumonia and duration of hospital stay.