Coronavirus Update: 2/25/20

Prepare Your Immune System!

The CDC now reports that it expects eventual community spread of coronavirus in the US. During a Feb. 25, 2020, telebriefing with reporters, Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, said “The data over the last week and the spread in other countries has certainly raised our level of concern and raised our level of expectation that we are going to have community spread here.”

CDC is reporting that since the first outbreak of respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus on December 21, 2019, in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, it has now infected 81,000 people and killed 2,764, and has been detected in 37 countries, including 57 cases in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Coronavirus Graph

Source: Worldometer

Dr. Messonnier reiterated that at this time there are no vaccines and no medicines to treat the coronavirus. She stressed the need to adhere to nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), as they will be “the most important tools in our response to this virus.”

How to Boost Your Immune Resistance?

It is important to note that the current Case / Fatality Rate or Death Rate from COVID-19 is only 2-3%, which means that 97-98% of all infected individual do NOT suffer life threatening complications. For most people, the chief symptoms look like a mild cold or flu, with fever, malaise and cough. More serious cases or more weakened individuals, including individuals with diabetes and heart disease are more likely to develop complications, including shortness of breath. Most deaths due to coronavirus are caused by acute respiratory distress and pneumonia.

The most effective treatment for preventing the most serious consequences of the Coronavirus is the supplementation of Vitamin A. Although the CDC and Public Health Officials never seem to mention this simple remedy, it has been used with astounding benefits around the world in treating other highly infectious viruses, including Measles.

Naturopathic Physicians, as well as The World Health Organization and the CDC actually recommend Vitamin A for all children exposed to or infected with Measles virus, regardless of their country of residence, to reduce the risk of pneumonia and complications with the immune system. Vitamin A is necessary for preserving the lining of the lungs and it plays a major role in immune enhancement. (see: Role of Vitamin A in the Immune System.

Taking 200,000 IU of Vitamin A daily for two consecutive days has been shown to be associated with a 82% reduction in the risk of death from the measles virus in children under the age of two years (RR 0.18; 95% CI 0.03 to 0.61) and a 67% reduction in the risk of pneumonia-specific mortality (RR 0.33; 95% CI 0.08 to 0.92). It can provide the same benefit for adults and similarly boost immune enhancement and protection for all viruses that affect the upper respiratory tract, including coronavirus (COVID-19).

SourceVitamin A for treating measles in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Oct 19;(4):CD001479. American Academy of Pediatrics

Vitamin A comes in a maximum dose of 25,000iu per capsule, which should be administered in the following dose by age for 2 days:

  • Infants aged <6 months: 50,000iu total per day (1-25,000iu capsule twice daily for 2 days only)
  • Infants ages 6–11 months: 100,000iu total per day (2-25,000iu capsules twice daily for 2 days only)
  • Children aged ≥12 months 200,000iu total per day (4-25,000iu capsules twice daily for 2 days only)
  • Adults: 200,000iu total per day (4-25,000iu capsules twice daily for 2 days only)
  • Pregnant women should NOT take more than 2,500 IU of Vitamin A per day

An additional (third) age-specific dose of vitamin A should be given 2–4 weeks later to children with clinical signs and symptoms of vitamin A deficiency. (Source: CDC, updated 12/13/13)

“Vitamin A is not virus specific. It should provide the same or similar benefits for all similar viruses, including the coronavirus.”
– Dr. Clark Hansen N.M.D.

Should You Wait for a Coronavirus Vaccine?

Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institutes of Health, said that a vaccine is in progress but would not be ready for at least 12 – 18 months following the completion of a phase 2 trial later this year. 

Vitamin A is Better than a Vaccine

If the U.S. Health Department would institute “Mass Vitamin A Programs” instead of “Mass Vaccination Programs,” the death toll from the Corona Virus could likely be reduced by 82% as has been the case with Measles. If this one simple program had been instituted instead of vaccinations, it would have protected 99.997% of the population from dying from Measles and allowed everyone else to acquire permanent immunity, which moms could then pass on to their newborn babies to protect them and Measles would still be a common, mild infection that would occur only in children between the ages of 5-15 years. Using Vitamin A to prevent the spread and harm that could be caused by the new Coronavirus is one of nature’s best solutions.

Additional Natural Anti-Viral Agents:

Elderberry, Echinacea and Andrographis

Dr. Hansen Recommends PhytoBiotic. This Anti-Viral Herbal formula contains Elderberry, Echinacea, and Andrographis. Elderberry has been found to be effective against multiple strains of viruses. Elderberry is a neuraminidase inhibitor, like the prescription drug Tamiflu (Oseltamivir). It works by blocking the release and spread of the virus within the body. To be effective it must be taken within 48 hours of the onset of the virus.  Dr. Hansen recommends that this herb be taken for prevention throughout the cold and flu season for all of his patients.

Adults: Take 2 PhytoBiotic capsules (200 mg) twice daily as prevention. For active symptoms of all viruses, colds, flus, coughs or sore throats, take 3 Capsules 3 times daily as soon as symptoms arise.

Children 6-24 months: give Elderberry (alcohol free) with Vitamin C, from Eclectic Institute, 1ml once daily for prevention, 1ml 4 times daily for active symptoms of the flu beginning as soon as symptoms arise.

Children 2-8 yrs old: give Elderberry (alcohol free) with Vitamin C, from Eclectic Institute, 2ml once daily for prevention, 3ml 4 times daily for active symptoms of the flu beginning as soon as symptoms arise.

Don’t Forget Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3. New research is showing that epidemic influenza, and even some of the viruses that cause the common cold, may be prevented by adequate doses of vitamin D, which stimulate the expression of potent anti-microbial peptides, which directly and rapidly destroy the cell walls of viruses.

Adults: Take 5000 I.U of Vitamin D3 daily.

Adolescents (ages 12-18): Take 2000 I.U of Vitamin D3 daily.

Children (age 2-11): Take 1000 I.U of Vitamin D3 daily.

Children (6mo-2yrs): Take 500 I.U of Vitamin D3 daily.


The truth is that in the worst epidemics of the world, only 20% of the population develops symptoms and only 1% or less of that group dies. Your best defense against a new viral infection is your own immune system. By boosting you immune resistance you are more likely to be among the 80-95% of the population who will escape most seasonal and new viral infections or who will recover quickly without complications. 


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Dr Hansen, Hansen Clinic of Natural Medicine

About the Author

Dr. Clark H. Hansen is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor (N.M.D.) who has been in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, since 1986. He is the President and Medical Director of the Hansen Clinic of Natural Medicine, Aesthetics and Mesotherapy. Dr. Hansen is one of the most well respected Naturopathic Physicians in the country and a Diplomat of the World Society of Anti-Aging Medicine.

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