How to Prevent COVID Infection Basics
DISCLAIMER: Always consult a doctor before undergoing treatment of any kind.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Scientists have recently realized that COVID-19 (as well as many respiratory infections) need to be treated in 2 phases. Phase 1 takes place during the first 2-3 days of acute infection when symptoms are not that severe. During this initial phase of infection, treatment with Reactive Oxygen Species medicines like Chlorine Dioxide are appropriate to lower the viral load. However, treating the infection with Reactive Oxygen Species medicines like Chlorine Dioxide beyond this initial 2 to 3 day window could worsen symptoms. During Phase 2 of the infection, when coughing begins, it is vital to supplement with Vitamin B3 at no less than 1000 mg per day (500 mg in the morning and 500 mg in the evening). Patients should also be given medicines to counteract the effects of a cytokine storm during this stage. We provide a list of potential options that you can use to treat a cytokine storm at home at this link.
Consider using a Methylene Blue, Vitamin C, and NAC protocol for Phase 1 treatment and then continue with Methylene Blue through Phase 2 for COVID-19.
Coronavirus infections are spread through the air and through physical contact (such as shaking hands, etc). Because these viruses are spread in this way, this is part of what makes them so contagious. There are some standard guidelines that you should follow to prevent a COVID-19 infection (or another coronavirus infection) including:
- Washing hands often with soap and warm water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (especially after touching something in a public place or after shaking hands or physically interacting with another person)
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or any other orifices with unwashed hands (always wash your hands first)
- Cover your nose and mouth if you cough or sneeze, and always properly dispose of any tissues. Wash your hands after using a tissue. (though this won’t prevent you from getting an infection, it can help stop the spread of infection if you are sick.)
- Avoid coming into contact with individuals that you know are sick with a coronavirus (we have other prevention techniques listed below, since this isn’t always possible if the sick person is a close friend or family member)
- Regularly disinfect frequently touched parts of your home or workplace, such as pens (if other people are using them), doorknobs, countertops, etc. (keeping a clean space can help prevent infection especially if there are other people coming in and out of your home/workspace on a regular basis)
These above guidelines can be used to prevent not only coronavirus infections, but also infections with other airborne diseases (such as rhinoviruses, varicella, measles, mumps, and others). They are good rules to use in your daily life, even in the absence of a health scare like COVID-19 because they can help prevent a wide variety of diseases. However, there are some more specific prevention techniques that may be used to ward off COVID-19 and coronavirus infections in particular, which we’ve listed below. You may choose to use only one of these methods, or more than one as a part of a prevention protocol. If you’re working in a setting where it’s highly likely that you’ll be exposed regularly to COVID-19 (such as in a hospital or home care setting), the authors recommend utilizing more than one of these methods.
The Povidone Iodine Method
This method is currently in use in healthcare settings where health workers (such as nurses) regularly come into contact with COVID-19 patients. Because the coronavirus likes to take up residence in the nasal passages and in the throat, and because these are generally the first points of contact between a person and the virus, the povidone iodine method can effectively kill the virus before it even has a chance to do any damage.
Keep in mind, povidone iodine is NOT the same as Lugol’s iodine. In order for this method to work for prevention, you MUST use povidone iodine (the kind you can buy at the pharmacy, generally known as betadine). Lugol’s iodine may work on contact with a coronavirus to kill it, however it will not stay on the surface of the throat or nasal passages for very long before it is absorbed into the body. In contrast, povidone iodine creates a longer lasting protective “shield” that can not only kill existing pathogens present, but can also kill pathogens that you may come in contact with up to 4 hours after applying the povidone iodine.
Betadine produces both throat gargles and nasal sprays using povidone iodine that may be used for this method. Gargle with the iodine solution for at least 30 seconds every few hours while you are out around other people, or before going out (to the grocery store, for example). Use the nasal spray once in each nostril at the same times that you use the gargle.
If you don’t have access to these specific Betadine products, you may also make your own gargle and nasal spray. To make the gargle, mix a small amount of water (about enough to fill ¾ of a shot glass) and 3-5 drops of povidone iodine. For the nasal spray, you will need to get special nasal spray bottles. Then you will fill them with water and mix in about 3-5 drops of the povidone iodine. For the nasal spray, you may need to throw out the old solution and make new occasionally. Iodine evaporates easily, so check to see if the coloring of the spray is still the same as it was when you made it. If it’s lighter, make a new batch to be sure it’s just as effective.
The MMS + DMSO Method
MMS not only can be used to treat an existing COVID-19 infection, but it can also be used to prevent infection in the first place. A “maintenance dose” of MMS may be used on a daily basis to prevent infection and strengthen the immune system to fight off other infections, too. For the treatment of COVID-19, higher doses of MMS must be used. For prevention, you may follow the instructions below:
- Combine 3 drops of 28% sodium chlorite solution with 3 drops of citric acid in a GLASS container (do not use a container made of plastic, ceramic, or another material). Wait 1 minute. You will see the mix turn a light orange.
- Add 9 drops of DMSO to the mix. Swirl around.
- Add water (at least ¼ cup, but you may dilute it further to make it more palatable if needed). Drink immediately.
The ratio above is 1:1:3 (1 drop sodium chlorite, 1 drop citric acid, 3 drops DMSO).
Take this MMS + DMSO mixture once a day in the morning or evening, ideally separate from any supplements or food. DO NOT drink, eat, or take anything that contains vitamin C or an antioxidant for at least 1 hour before or after taking this mixture or else the MMS will be rendered essentially useless (antioxidants counteract the activity of oxidant therapies like MMS).
This method may be safely used for individuals in all situations, including women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and even in children. For individuals in more compromised positions, such as children, the elderly, or during pregnancy, start with a smaller maintenance dose (instead of 3 drops of sodium chlorite and citric acid, and 9 drops of DMSO, start with 1 drop of sodium chlorite and 3 drops of DMSO). Work up gradually to the dosage above over the course of a few days, and if you experience any discomfort, back off.
This dosage is intended to reinforce the immune system and clear out any pathogens you may have encountered during the day before they can make you sick. Though in higher MMS dosages, it’s likely most people will experience a detox reaction, this dosage is very low and is unlikely to provoke much of a reaction at all for most people.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb that can work to both prevent and treat a COVID-19 infection. It may be taken daily as part of a prevention or treatment protocol. Keep in mind that because ashwagandha is an antioxidant, it should not be taken with oxidant medicines (for example, if you choose to use a maintenance dose of MMS as mentioned above, you should take the ashwagandha at a different time of day from the MMS with at least 1 hour of space before and after the MMS dosage).
For general health, take 250-300mg of ashwagandha daily. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or another suspected coronavirus (such as the common cold or the flu), increase the dosage to 500-600mg per day for the duration of 7-14 days after exposure or until the risk of infection has passed.
NOTE: Do not use ashwagandha if you are currently suffering from endometriosis or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Shilajit is a natural resin found in the Himalayan mountains. It is a potent antiviral and is effective for both the prevention of viral infections like COVID-19 (among others), as well as in the treatment of these illnesses. This supplement is in fact an absolute essential for almost everyone because of its ability to ward off viral infections of all kinds, thus keeping the body in better overall health.
Take 500mg of shilajit daily to prevent infection with COVID-19. Individuals who have already been infected with COVID-19 or another coronavirus may take higher doses of up to 6000mg per day to treat the infection.
Pregnant women should use shilajit with caution. There are limited studies on its safety during pregnancy. Lactating women can likely use shilajit safely, though there are not many studies on this subject either, so women who are lactating or pregnant should speak with a health professional before taking shilajit.
The Methylene Blue Method
Methylene blue may be used to treat an active COVID-19 infection (and also a long list of other illnesses) or a cytokine storm, but it may also be used at a lower dose to help prevent a COVID-19 infection. To use methylene blue to prevent COVID-19, place 1-2 drops directly under the tongue and hold under the tongue until it has absorbed as much as possible, or for about 30 seconds. The solution is bitter, but you may rinse your mouth afterwards with water if needed.
You may use either 0.1% or 2% pharmaceutical grade methylene blue solution (methylene blue is also sold as a fabric dye, so double check that the solution is for pharmaceutical use).
WARNING: Methylene blue should not be taken by women who are pregnant. Some studies have shown that use of this medicine during pregnancy can cause severe birth defects and therefore should be avoided, particularly in higher doses. Studies regarding its safety during breastfeeding are limited.
Pine Needle Tea/Extract
We discuss pine needles and suramin (a constituent in pine needles) later for the treatment of COVID-19 and long haul COVID, but here we’ll look at the use of pine needle tea or extract as an illness prevention method. The suramin in pine needles can inhibit the replication of the COVID-19 spike protein and block the virus from entering cells. Thus, not only does this medicine treat COVID-19, but it can also prevent it.
You may either take pine needle extract daily for prevention, or brew pine needle tea. Both methods are effective and will increase immunity, it’s a matter of preference which one you choose. Take a dose of tea or extract between 2-4 times per day.
NOTE: Pine needles should not be consumed during pregnancy as they may cause miscarriage. Breastfeeding women should also avoid pine needle tea because it can reduce milk supply dramatically.
Drugs.com (2021). Methylene Blue Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings. Retrieved October 20, 2021 from: https://www.drugs.com/pregnancy/methylene-blue.html