RLNC COVID-19 # 6
Quinine + Zinc – Elixir for COVID-19?
The internet has been buzzing about the use of tonic water and zinc as a remedy to treat or prevent COVID-19, but does it really work? The short answer is no.
Tonic water contains quinine, a medicine that is distantly related to hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug being tested to treat COVID-19. But the concentration of quinine in tonic drinks is significantly below the levels found in anti-malaria drugs, effectively busting that myth.
While zinc won’t cure or prevent COVID, it is essential for a healthy immune system which is how your body fights off viruses and bacteria. Specifically, zinc plays an important role in inflammatory response, and a deficiency could result in an increased risk of infection and disease, including pneumonia.
Many vitamins and minerals can impact overall immunity, but no single one can solely influence it. Overdoing vitamins can also be dangerous, and they aren’t going to prevent or treat COVID-19 or even shorten the duration of the disease. If you are truly deficient in a nutrient however, getting up to a healthy level may help support your immune system. Your doctor can run a simple blood test to find out your nutrient deficiencies.
Other ways you can focus supporting your immune system are:
- Staying hydrated
- Getting enough sleep
- Eating enough fruits and vegetables
- Wash your hands
In a very thorough review of Pharmacologic Treatments for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), published on April 13, 2020, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that The COVID-19 pandemic represents the greatest global public health crisis of this generation and, potentially, since the pandemic influenza outbreak of 1918. The speed and volume of clinical trials launched to investigate potential therapies for COVID-19 highlight both the need and capability to produce high-quality evidence even in the middle of a pandemic. No therapies have been shown effective to date.
Myth: Tonic Water or quinine supplements can be used to prevent or treat coronavirus symptoms.
THE FACTS: Quinine is a compound found in the bark of the Cinchona tree and has been used to treat malaria. Malaria drugs like chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are the synthetic form of quinine.
Experts say there is no scientific evidence that quinine would have any impact if used in this way. The concentration used for medical use is different from the concentration of quinine used in soft drinks.
Myth: 5G causes Coronavirus.
THE FACTS: There are several comparison maps circulating on social media which show a correlation between confirmed COVID-19 cases and locations where 5G wireless service has been installed. As we see it, there is absolutely no connection between COVID-19 and the 5G cellular service, professor Myrtill Simkó told the AP. Simkó is the scientific director of SciProof International in Sweden, and author of a report examining 5G wireless communication and health effects. Further, experts also note that these maps are not accurate depictions of the expansion of 5G.
Myth: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart is adopting a staggered shopping schedule based on age.
THE FACTS: Walmart is offering special hours for seniors but has not designated times for people to shop by age group. Stores around the U.S. — including Walmart — are offering special hours to cater to seniors, who experts have said could be more vulnerable to the new coronavirus. A post circulating on Facebook, which features logos for Walmart and Sam’s Club, falsely states that the discount retailer is establishing shopping days based on age groups. The post apologizes for any inconvenience before breaking out when age groups can shop; Monday age 66+, Tuesday 56-65, Wednesday 46-55, Thursday 36-45, Friday 25-35, Saturday 24 and below, Sunday shopping emergency only. Rebecca Thomason, a Walmart spokeswoman, said in an email that the staggered shopping schedule featured in the posts is false. Walmart revised its shopping hours to provide for greater social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. They are posted on the company’s website. “From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens,” the company states on its site.
FBI warns about scams amid COVID-19
ABC News (4/10, Christie, 2.97M) reports, “More than 15,000 Americans have reported alleged coronavirus-related frauds totaling nearly $12 million in losses, according to new data released by the Federal Trade Commission on Friday. These scams, which run the gamut from individuals hawking fraudulent COVID-19 cures to websites selling fake vaccine kits to phishing email scams trying to steal personal information, are so rampant that the Department of Justice has directed all 94 U.S. Attorneys to appoint a ‘Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator’ for their districts. ‘When there’s an opportunity for a criminal, a fraudster to take advantage, they will,’ Steven Merrill, chief of the FBI’s financial crimes section, told ABC News’ Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas. ‘And in this case, they’ve taken advantage of the fact that we’re all very scared, we’re vulnerable, and we’re looking for answers.’ ‘The FBI’s message is that we will not tolerate it,’ Merrill added. ‘We will investigate these cases to the fullest of our ability.’”
Hucksters selling bunk cures among coronavirus scams. Politico (4/11, Nguyen, 4.29M) reports “dozens, if not hundreds of scams” pertaining to the coronavirus have arisen as rapidly as the virus itself. According to Politico, “Hucksters are hawking bunk cures – toothpaste, silver, essential oils. Fraudsters are schilling counterfeit masks. And most importantly, those highly-coveted coronavirus tests are now available online – except they don’t work.” At this time, there is “no approved cure or vaccine for the coronavirus, and for health authorities” attempting to control the virus, “these scams could lead to even more deaths.”
Where to report fraudulent COVID-19 products
To deal with the surge in products falsely claimed to prevent or cure coronavirus products, the FDA has set up a special e-mailbox at email@example.com
Welcome to Romano Law Nurse Corner
We are Susan Ramsey and Amie Goldberg, both practicing attorneys and nurses here at the Romano Law Group. Here is a little more about each of us:
Susan Ramsey is both an attorney and an RN. Ms. Ramsey’s professional experience began as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven Hospital. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree, she was a counselor with the New Haven Rape Crisis Program. During her time with the Program, Ms. Ramsey counseled sexual assault survivors and performed seminars for local police departments, universities, and high schools. During her time working as a registered nurse, Ms. Ramsey decided to attend law school. Ms. Ramsey graduated from CUNY Law School, and has practiced law in several different State and Federal Courts. She is a Florida Heath Care Risk Manager and a member of the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force. Ms. Ramsey actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of survivors, cases include injuries suffered by victims of professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence.
Amie Goldberg is both an attorney and a certified APRN. After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Whittier College, Ms. Goldberg attended nursing school at Emory University. Ms. Goldberg’s professional experience started as a Registered Nurse at Egleston Children’s Hospital taking care of children with congenital heart disease. After a few years, she continued working in all areas of the hospital while attending Kennesaw State University on weekends in order to get her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a specialty of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner. During her time as an APRN, Ms. Goldberg decided to attend law school at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Since graduating, she has mainly practiced in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation, fighting for the rights of injured people. Since joining the Romano Law Group, Ms. Goldberg has been the Director of the Opioid Litigation Project. Ms. Goldberg also practices in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, bringing an inside perspective and knowledge to help get justice for our clients.