Covid 19 and “Long Covid” continue to present a thorny problem for individuals, doctors, nurses, hospitals and the public health system. Much has been written about Covid and new reports continue to occupy my newsfeed– I flag all interesting looking reports (on many subjects – not just Covid) and I try to examine them for interesting material on an ongoing basis. Occasionally, however an important paper is overlooked. This one, on INTERFERON, was published in Feb. 2023: but I only just found it, while reviewing unread articles.
The paper was submitted by Prof. Dr. F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE, of the Yale School of medicine: it is entitled “A New (Old) Drug Joins the COVID Fray, and Guess What? It Works”. Published on 8 February, 2023, It touts the use of interferon for treating (or preventing) Covid 19 infections.
The graphic below, copied from the article, eloquently explains Prof. Wilson’s findings, but I would encourage you to read his very well written article, for yourself (see the URL below).
Dr. Wilson’s article can be accessed at https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/987900?src=WNL_trdalrt_pos1_ous_230210&uac=235227EV&impID=5154439
Prophylaxis or treatment with interferon sounds like a good idea: I congratulate Prof. Wilson on his paper. However according to Google, the total cost of interferon treatment is estimated to range between US$1,120 and $1962 ($US): to me, as a retired Canadian surgeon, that is a hefty price!
So I will continue taking 2G of Vitamin C, twice daily and 3,000 iu of Vitamin D once, as prophylaxis against Covid 19, as I have been doing for the past 2 1/2 years (the article doesn’t mention Vitamin D or Vitamin C).
If I get Covid again (in spite of my vitamins) and I become seriously ill, I will consider Dr. Wilson’s advice regarding interferon.
About Long Covid, Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Metformin
(1) Regarding Long Covid: please see my post on the subject, at CBHRT.ca.
(2) A more recent article suggests Metformin, as treatment (? prophylaxis) for Covid: again, please see my post on the subject
(3) Please see the page on vitamin D, especially the notes on Histatins, Cathelicidins and Defensins, the human body’s natural antibiotics.