We all know about the value of masks, gloves and social distancing to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. But is there another way to protect against the virus?

There is no guarantee, but an EVMS physician who has spent a career treating patients with sepsis and other life-threatening illnesses believes there may be a way to reinforce the immune system and help protect you and your loved ones.

The approach could be particularly valuable for more vulnerable individuals – those over age 60 and those with a range of other medical conditions.

Paul Marik, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at EVMS, has been sharing his treatment strategy with physicians around the world.

For the general public, his recommended prescription to help prevent or ward off the virus consists of a cocktail of five vitamins and minerals taken on a daily basis. Dr. Marik’s recommendations are not based on “high-level” research. Instead, they are based on his accumulated knowledge from a 30-year medical career.

Dr. Marik’s recommendations:

  • Vitamin C 500 mg BID
  • Quercetin 250-500 mg BID
  • Zinc 75-100 mg/day (acetate, gluconate or picolinate). Zinc lozenges are preferred. After 1-2 months, reduce the dose to 30-50 mg/day.
  • Melatonin (slow release): Begin with 0.3mg and increase as tolerated to 1-2 mg at night
  • Vitamin D3 1000-4000 u/day (optimal dose unknown).

Before beginning this treatment regimen, you may want to consult with your own physician.

Also, this recommended regimen may change over the coming days and weeks. You can find the latest information at evms.edu/covidcare.