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Home Treatment Protocol for Covid-19

If you test positive for Covid-19, there's no need to panic. You can immediately begin an at-home treatment protocol to alleviate your symptoms, speed up your recovery, and prevent the spread of the virus among the people you live with.

These treatments are also effective at preventing infection in individuals who have been exposed to Covid-19.

Oral and Nasal Rinse

When a person is infected with Covid-19, the virus lives in their mouth and nose and may gather strength for a couple of days before invading the body. The use of a diluted Povidone-Iodine solution in your mouth and nose is a simple way to kill the virus where it lives. This can also be used as a preventative measure by people who have been exposed to Covid-19 but are not yet sick.

It's important to follow these directions carefully since full-strength Povidone-Iodine (also known as Betadine) is too strong and can be irritating.

  • Dilute 10% Povidone-Iodine by one-tenth so that it is 1% strength. To do this, add 10ml (2 tsp) of the 10% solution to 100ml of water. This will make the solution diluted enough to use as a mouth rinse or gargle.
  • Squirt 1 tsp of the 1% solution into one nostril and sniff this to the back of your throat. Spit it out immediately. Repeat with the other nostril. Use this nasal rinse twice in each nostril.
  • After performing the nasal rinse, gargle at least 2 tbsp of the diluted solution for at least 30 seconds. DO NOT SWALLOW THIS RINSE. If you are iodine allergic or intolerant, or if you cannot find any Betadine, you can substitute hydrogen peroxide. (Hydrogen peroxide should also be diluted. Add 50ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide to 100ml of water to dilute.)
  • You can use Listerine or Scope afterward to freshen your mouth. These products also have some virus-killing effects.
  • Repeat this rinse 2-4 times a day for prevention, or up to 6 times a day with acute infection.

Medication and Supplements

If you test positive for Covid-19 (or are exposed to someone who has tested positive), you can take several proven supplements to speed your recovery and give your immune system a boost. Take these supplements daily while you are sick. All of these are available over-the-counter at any pharmacy.

  • Asprin (325 mg daily)
  • Vitamin D (5,000 IU daily)
  • Vitamin C (3,000 mg daily)
  • Zinc (50 mg daily)
  • Quercetin (250mg, taken twice daily)

Monoclonal Antibody Infusion

If you are at high risk for developing complications from Covid-19, you are eligible for monoclonal antibody treatment. Monoclonal antibody infusions are available for patients who have tested positive for Covid-19, are not hospitalized, and have mild-to-moderate symptoms that started less than 10 days ago.

Patients should also have one or more of the following risk factors to qualify for monoclonal antibody treatment:

  • Age 65 years or older
  • Obese or overweight, including a BMI of 25 or higher for adults or in the 85th percentile or higher on the growth chart for pediatric patients
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Immunosuppressive disease, or on immunosuppressive treatment
  • Cardiovascular disease (including congenital heart disease) or hypertension
  • Chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), moderate to severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, or pulmonary hypertension
  • Sickle cell disease

Monoclonal antibody treatments are available at MedHelp. You must complete an online treatment and consent form before receiving treatment. Click here to fill out the form.

Aggressive Outpatient Treatment

MedHelp doctors are willing to aggressively treat Covid-19 in an outpatient setting with proven, FDA-approved treatments. Learn more here. Don't wait until you can't breathe to seek treatment for Covid-19.

Disclaimer

This at-home treatment protocol is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in regards to any patient. Individual patients should always rely on the judgment of their physician or another qualified health provider. Always seek their advice with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition.

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