Review Article
Volume 9 Issue 4 - 2020
Food as Coronavirus Prophylaxis
Sandra Grumelli*
Center of Investigation in Medicine of Respiration, (CIMeR), Cordoba, Argentina
*Corresponding Author: Sandra Grumelli, Center of Investigation in Medicine of Respiration, (CIMeR), Cordoba, Argentina.
Received: March 09, 2020; Published: March 24, 2020


The global human coronavirus-2 epidemic requires rapid response, and the scientists are searching for prevention and treatment. 

The epidemiologic data collected during the epidemic show that in China COVID-19 has a lethality rate of 3.5% versus 1.19% in Japan; or 4.9% in Italy versus 0% in Germany, as of March 2nd , there may be many reasons for these differences in lethality, and diet may be one of them. COVID-19 is a β-coronavirus, like SARS and MERS, and the spread resembles the 2003 and 2012 epidemics from the same family of virus. The finding of the COVID-19 receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) permits to repurpose drugs used for its inhibition.

Herein we explored natural drugs that have shown to inhibit ACE2 and CD26 and prevented MERS and COVID-19 cellular entry. We propose a diet rich in niacin (vitamin B3) and berberine as prophylaxis for COVID-19 and β-coronavirus infections.

Keywords: Human Coronavirus (2019-hCoV); Niacin; Berberine; ACE2; CD26; COVID19


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