Coronavirus: SARS-CoV2 Virus and COVID-19 Disease

By Cat, March-April 2019

This article has been moved from its original home: Notes on Natural Health Topics, A – C.

The coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 and related disease COVID-19 that started in Wuhan, China in December 2019 is now affecting people around the globe. As I learn more about this virus and the disease it causes, I will add notes and references here. 

See also: 1. Notes on Natural Health Topics Menu

Coronavirus: SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease

General info on coronaviruses

The common cold*, influenza (respiratory flu), SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 are all caused by coronaviruses.  All incubate in the sinuses before moving down the respiratory tract to settle in the lungs. The SARS-CoV2 is a variation of the original SARS virus, and is the cause of COVID-19 disease that started in Wuhan China, and is now spreading around the globe. See a 4½ minute YouTube video about the two types of SARS-CoV2 (L- and S-Types) that cause COVID-19 (3a).

‘* NOTE: some varieties of the common cold are caused by other viruses such as rhinovirus.

One way to treat coronavirus early-on is to use a Neti pot to clean the sinuses; see my article on Ancient Remedies for Every Home, which includes instructions for using a Neti pot.

Origin of Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Is COVID-19 Made in a Lab?

See Mercola articles: 

  • Is the New Coronavirus Created in a Lab? (1j) from 5/3/20
  • Is the New Coronavirus Created in a Lab? (1k) 5/24/20 update
  • Pandemic Documentary (about coronavirus and retroviruses (1l) 5/20/20; includes explanation of what retroviruses are and what they have to do with the new coronavirus

There is scientific evidence (from the study of the virus’s DNA) that a segment of HIV virus DNA has been added to the SARS-CoV-1 DNA to create the SARS-CoV-2 by genetic engineering. That can certainly explain how the new virus destroys the patient’s immune system during the course of the disease.

Research by cellular and molecular biologist Judy Mikovits, Ph.D believes that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not the cause of the disease but rather activates or wakes-up a “dormant XMRV infection. To support her assertion, she states that COVID-19 patients have the same cytokine signature as the gammaretrovirus XMRV, which she published many years ago.”

There is some evidence that XMRVs (human gammaretroviruses) play a role in COVID-19 disease, further weakening the patient’s immune system. This is especially relevant for patients who were already infected with the retroviruse(s) when later infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus. (see Mercola’s article: Plandemic Documentary video and additional text for explanation of what retroviruses are).

Mikovits believes 40 years of data suggest Type 1 interferon at very low dose would be an ideal treatment for COVID-19. She asserts that wearing a mask plays a role in limiting your body’s ability to produce interferon. Contaminated vaccines may also play a role. She suggests, “interferon alpha could be a valuable treatment alternative against COVID-19. Aside from interferons, other treatment strategies … include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, cannabinoids (CBD), peptide T and antioxidant support.”

Effect of Social Distancing/Isolation

Our government bodies and many health practitioners are recommending social distancing and even social isolation, to keep the disease from spreading and reduce your risk of getting it from others, or giving it to others. But such behavior can also increase mortality (not necessarily caused by exposure to the disease, but rather by depression and other issues that result from avoiding social interaction). See an interesting article on Green Med Info: 13 [Scientific] Studies Reveal How Scoial Distancing (i.e. Social Isolation) Can Increase Mortality (2a).

Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 (Conventional Medicine)

Interferon Alpha Could be a Valuable Treatment

See section title “Is COVID-19 Made in a Lab?” above, and Mercola article for more info. 

Ventilators and Other Options:

You may have heard that some patients do not do well on ventilators; the following is a quote from Dr. Mercola’s 5/6/20 email newsletter: “A number of published papers have noted ventilators make COVID-19 death risks soar. One report suggests the comparison was 76.4% vs. 19.8% (18-65) and 97.2% vs. 26.6% (65+). Should we be doing this instead?

From Mercola (1g); the following are his summary notes for the article:

    • “COVID-19 patients who are put on ventilators have an increased risk of death. It may turn out that ventilators are inappropriate for a majority of patients.
    • Doctors at UChicago Medicine report “truly remarkable” results using high-flow nasal cannulas (HFNC) in lieu of ventilators. Of 24 COVID-19 patients who were in respiratory distress, only one required intubation after 10 days of HFNC.
    • A more complicated treatment strategy that’s showing promise is membrane oxygenation (ECMO), in which the patient’s blood is oxygenated outside the body before pumped back into circulation. ECMO is recommended for relatively young patients with few comorbidities who fail to respond to ventilator treatment.
    • Mechanical ventilation can easily damage the lungs as it’s pushing air into the lungs with force. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) may be a better alternative, as it allows your body to absorb a higher percentage of oxygen without forcing air into the lungs.
    • Chinese doctors report “promising results” after treating five COVID-19 patients with HBOT and NYU Langone Health is currently recruiting COVID-19 patients for a study comparing HBOT to standard of care alone.”

From Mercola (1h)

Lying in the prone (face down) position, in which your chest is down and your back is up, could be a simple way to improve outcomes in cases of severe respiratory distress. This topic has received renewed attention during the COVID-19 pandemic, as invasive mechanical ventilation is conventionally delivered with the patient in the supine (face up) position, which refers to lying on your back.

This seems counter intuitive, as it must be more difficult for the lungs to expand when you lay face-down. However, from the article: “In [Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome], the lung’s air sacs, or alveoli, become damaged. Fluid leaks through the air sacs’ damaged walls and collects.11 Fluid in the lung will increase its weight, which then squeezes out the gas from the dependent regions. If the sponge represents a fluid-filled lung, in the supine position the dependent regions are at the back of the lung.

See a 10 min YouTube video: for more about the prone position.

Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 (Natural Medicine)

Treating coronavirus disease with Vitamins C and D

The following bullets are from Mercola (1i); see also my articles on Vitamin C and Vitamin D.

  • Vitamin C strengthens your immune system and kills pathogens, including viruses, when taken in high doses
  • Other important immune boosting nutrients are vitamin D, magnesium and zinc
  • If you own a sauna, now’s the time to put it to regular use. By increasing your core body temperature, which is what happens when you have a fever, your body becomes more efficient at killing pathogens

The following text is my own:

“You may remember Dr Linus Pauling declaring that vitamin C can be used to combat respiratory diseases like the common cold. Many people thought he was crazy, but the use of high doses of Vitamin C intravenously to treat COVID-19 is proving him right.

I met Dr. Pauling when he gave a talk at Reed College in Portland in the late 70s,  that included his ongoing research about vitamin C (4) to effectively treat a cold and related viruses. At the time, I was in graduate school studying quantum chemistry. It is again making the headlines because of its use in the Wuhan China epidemic; it is believed to be why the rapid spread of the virus there was finally slowed. Now that the disease has spread to the USA, conventional medicine is finally beginning to accept the use of Vitamins C and D for treatment of the respiratory diseases caused by the coronavirus.

While vitamin C may not “cure” the disease, it can make it less serious/deadly, and may also minimize the spread of the disease, and may also prevent you from succumbing to it. Although high-dose IV treatment with vitamin C is the most effective, even taking it supplementally at doses higher than the RDA can help you avoid and even treat the disease. I’m currently taking: 

    • liposomal vitamin C: 1000 mg gel-cap twice daily (after lunch and dinner);
    • 300 mg liquid vitamin C supplement (plus fresh fruits: orange, berries, apple and avocado) in my daily smoothie,
    • 80 mg /day by adding acerola extract powder (from a fruit native to central America that is rich in vitamin C) to my daily smoothie, and
    • 500 mg 3-times daily as part of Alphasorb-C supplement (buffered vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid).

That totals to 3880 mg vitamin C daily. And if I do start to get sick, I’ll increase the liposomal-C to 3-times daily, increasing the total amount to 4800 mg/day.

While there are no clinical trials investigating vitamin D for coronavirus specifically, there are plenty of data showing it’s an important component in the prevention and treatment of influenza and upper respiratory tract infections.” See also Mercola’s article: Vitamins C and D Finally Adopted as Coronavirus Treatment (1a)”

Here are a few related articles:

  • Clinical Trials (5)
  • Daily mail (6): China’s doctors racing Vitamin-C beat coronavirus 
  • Lew Rockwell (7): Vitamin C Clinical Trials for coronavirus underway in China; latest updates
  • Mercola: Coronavirus Treatment (1b)

Preventing/Treating Coronavirus (and other viruses) with Quercitin

from Mercola: Quercetin and Vitamin D – Allies Against Coronavirus (1c):

Quercetin is a powerful immune booster and broad-spectrum antiviral. It also inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which may be beneficial since serious COVID-19 infection and subsequent death appears to be due to cytokine storm activity.

Other nutraceuticals thought to be useful in the prevention of coronavirus infection include NAC, spirulina, beta-glucan, glucosamine, selenium, zinc, lipoic acid and sulforaphane. … Coconut oil may also be useful.

Treating Coronavirus with Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

from Mercola (1d) 

Taking thiamine daily, along with vitamins C and D, zinc and quercetin can help protect against infectious respiratory illness such as influenza and the coronavirus. Another important nutrient is magnesium, which “is required for the activation of both thiamine and vitamin D.”

While the minimum daily intake for thiamine is about 1 mg, taking 200 mg thiamine every 12 hours, along with high-dose vitamin C (IV), has been shown to be effective against sepsis, a primary cause of COVID-19 mortality. “Thiamine deficiency syndrome (beriberi) has many similarities to sepsis.” There is also a “link between thiamine deficiency and fever.”

For those with thyroid/adrenal problems, Isabella Wentz (Hashimoto’s Protocol) recommends taking a daily dose of 600 mg thiamine (B1) for 3 – 6 months. See my article on Vitamin B-Complex for more.

Glycyrrhizin in Licorice; Can it Help Fight SARS Viruses?

From Mercola (1e)

Glycyrrhizin (1f) was valued in ancient Arabia and Greece for treating coughs and in China for relieving irritation of the mucous membranes. In modern times, glycyrrhizin has been shown to be a formidable antiviral, fighting herpes, HIV, hepatitis, influenza, encephalitis and pneumonia as well as less known viruses like respiratory syncytial virus, arboviruses, vaccinia virus and vesicular stomatitis virus.”

It works against SARS (virus SARS-CoV-1) that emerged in 2003; because SARS-CoV-2 is closely related, there is hope it may be useful in treating COVID-19. “According to the Journal of General Virology, glycyrrhizin’s method of stopping the replication of SARS viruses may differ from other treatments that have been tried. [Its] antiviral effects may be exerted, for example, during virus adsorption or release.” (8)


  1. Mercola
    11. (updated version of previous link)
  2. Green Med Info
  3. You Tube Videos
  4. Dr Linus Pauling’s Research on Vitamin C:
  8. Journal of General Virology (2004), 85, 1717–1725:

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