Episode 1 - Optimal Immunity & COVID-19 part 1
Dr. Dicken Weatherby & Beth Ellen DiLuglio
This 2-part audio presentation was recorded on April 6th, 2020 to present some of the latest research around COVID-19. In part 1 we covered the following topics:
- Who is most at risk for COVID-19?
- What are some of the early warning signs?
- What's the connection between the loss of taste and smell experienced by many sufferers and zinc deficiency?
- What role does zinc play in the immune system and conversely, what role does zinc deficiency play in sub-optimal immune system function?
- How do we test for zinc deficiency?
- A review of some of the testing for SARS CoV2 Virus - antigen, stool antibody and serum antibody testing
Research Studies and LinksHere are some of the research studies and links we refer to in the presentation:
- Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptors have been shown to be the entry point into human cells for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 - CLICK HERE for content
- February 21, 2020 JAMA: Presumed Asymptomatic Carrier Transmission of COVID-19 Patient1 China - CLICK HERE for content
- March 20, 2020 Nature: Covert coronavirus infections could be seeding new outbreaks - CLICK HERE for content
- The body requires zinc to develop and activate T-lymphocytes - CLICK HERE for content
- CDC Micronutrient Malnutrition - CLICK HERE for content
- Role of Zinc in Antiviral Immunity - CLICK HERE for content
- Hair zinc levels may be used to assess chronic zinc deficiency - CLICK HERE for content
- CDC Testing Article
- Healthline Coronavirus Diagnosis
- Medically reviewed by Meredith Goodwin, MD, FAAFP on March 26, 2020 New — Written by Leilani Fraley, RN, MSN (doesn’t include Gastro sx)
- Diagnostic Solutions Lab Test - Swab nose or throat to detect virus itself– restricted in USA to those with symptoms and doctor’s note, hospitals, public institutions
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing = primary diagnostic testing
- May be inconclusive if positive for only 1 of the 2 genes tested