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GB, Soap, Zinc and COVID-19

                           
TWO THINGS MIGHT HELP AVOID COVID-19


1) ZINC AS A NUTRITIONAL SUPPLIMENT
 About 30% of us are likely deficient in this important nutrient.  It supports many processes including the immune system. As a nutritional supplement 10-20 mg would be reasonable for an adult - alone or in a multivitamin. You could just take a lozenge, once daily, though more costly and hard to find currently.

2) ZINC AS A LOZENGE
THIS IS HIGHLY SPECULATIVE BY THIS PHYSCIAN (though I am not alone1).  TO MY KNOWLEDGE NO CLINICAL STUDIES HAVE SUGGESTED THAT ZINC IN ANY FORM WILL INHIBIT CORONA VIRUS.

However, there is ONE study in the medical literature2 that demonstrated (in the laboratory) inhibition of the corona virus in cell culture - with Zinc.  That is not unreasonable; the literature has established in small scale studies the bactericidal advantages of copper countertops for instance, and the use of silver impregnated garments or hospital room dividers. Both zinc and selenium shampoo products (for dandruff and seborrhea) have been used for years, as cheap, available treatments for the fungal infection, tinea versicolor.

Zinc lozenges have been used for years to attempt to shorten the common cold and was quite successful in a recent study [
Zinc Shortens The Common Cold]. While the NIH3 states "safety concerns have not been found to be associated with … cold lozenges" it should be noted that use for a "cold" is usually of short duration. We may have the Coronavirus among us for months. The NIH also suggests an upper limit of 40 mg daily.  As my handout [Zinc Shortens The Common Cold] informs you, the recent successful study used 80-92 mg daily total.

It is believed to work not as a dietary supplement, but as a direct topical effect on the tissues of the posterior and nasal pharynx.

The common cold, however, is usually caused by a Rhinovirus.

This is a Coronavirus.  It is only as a leap of faith that we assume that because it inhibits the coronavirus in cell cultures that it might also work where it is known to work (in the throat as a lozenge) for another virus. It might.

I have on back order 500 lozenges for my staff to take NOT more than 4 times daily, when they expect their exposure to be especially heavy despite mask, etc. I,e, if dealing with a probable COVID-19 patient, or unavoidably in tight quarters with a small crowd of people.  I sucked on one at our last (literally - all future meetings will be by phone) Hospice Team Meeting. Seems a reasonable leap of faith. Read the NIH information. [
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/]   

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3) Gloves in a Bottle
From their website: Gloves In A Bottle is a 
shielding lotion. A shielding lotion bonds with the outer-most layer of skin.
The skin breathes and perspires naturally. Because it literally becomes part of the outer layer of skin, it does not wash off like other lotions, but comes off naturally as your skin exfoliates. For continued protection, simply reapply in 4-12 hours. It protects from sanitizers and surgical scrubs, frequent hand washing, and home and workplace irritants.

They have, in the last few years, moved more into the cosmetic market, touting its protection form your skin drying out, leaving your skin soft, and all that.  It does.  They were previously a small niche product, mostly used for protection of builders and cement workers. They used to show a hand dipped in some muriatic or hydrochloric acid, coming out unscathed (not advisable - you will miss a spot!).

AGAIN, THERE IS NO CLINICAL EVIDENCE I KNOW OF THAT IT WILL PROTECT FROM CORONAVIRUS. The manufacturer has made no such claims, nor has the FDA evaluated for this use.

However, this physician speculates that it might shield the skin from the unseen bits of saliva, nasal secretions, fecal and urine contamination (yes it has been found in such)- the vehicles by which the virus protects itself on surfaces throughout your home, office and commercial environment.  The things people hand you. The stuff you forget to sanitize. The things you did not glove up for. It also enhances ease of cleaning seen and unseen crud off your hands when you do get to wash.

In my office, just this Thursday morning, I instructed that all staff were to apply Gloves In A Bottle twice daily - while not neglecting to glove up when appropriate and not failing to sanitize, etc; One more possible protection.

We have sold Gloves In A Bottle for years as an assist to the psoriasis patients that make up much of the clientele of Ontos, Inc. (www.nobleformula.com  - look under "SHOP" ) - a business, clinically unrelated to my practice. It is available there and in our office. But, also available at numerous drug stores, hardware stores, and Amazon. P.S. It is great for urine burn diaper rash in the young and old.  If ordered from "nobleformula.com" we will if requested even add zinc to the maximum permitted by law, for what may be the perfect protective barrier. Or not. We do NOT know.

4) ZINC CREAM AND SOAP
Using the exact same logic, the Zinc in a skin cream (lots available online or in drug stores) or soap might inhibit the virus on your body the same way the lozenge might in your throat.  But, again there is the assumption that what it does in cell culture, and for another virus, can be extrapolated to this use. THERE ARE NO CLINICAL STUDIES OF THIS USE.

It so happens that Ontos, Inc. (www.nobleformula.com) also makes an excellent Zinc Pyrithione soap. Again, it has proved useful for our psoriasis patients as there is often fungal growth associated with that process and it is formulated as an excellent moisturizer. (In fact Dr. Oz's dermatologist found it "the best for dry skin" and also "effective for tinea versicolor.") The samples we had prepared for our annual booth at the American Academy of Dermatology (cancelled in early March) have been repurposed and are available free to patients of Heritage Family Medicine.

 
 



1.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/47794995_Zn_Inhibits_Coronavirus_and_Arterivirus_RNA_Polymerase_Activity_In_Vitro_and_Zinc_Ionophores_Block_the_Replication_of_These_Viruses_in_Cell_Culture

3.  https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/   

     

 

 

 


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