There’s been plenty of speculation that commonplace vitamins and supplements might play an unexpectedly big role in treating Covid-19. Vitamin C, melatonin, and vitamin D have taken multiple turns in the spotlight, and now, zinc supplements are the focus of a new study published in the medical journal, JAMA Network Open.
F. Perry Wilson, MD MSCE, an associate professor of medicine at Yale University, breaks down the study in easy-to-follow terms on his Medium blog, deeming the research “well-conducted.” But despite the study’s smart design, he writes, it doesn’t show much of an effect for zinc supplementation on Covid-19 symptoms.
We all want a miracle cure. We want a silver bullet, a single source of salvation that can save us from everything. This isn’t news, or particularly surprising, but it’s amazing how much this desire permeates everything we say and do when it comes not just to COVID-19, but to every aspect of our lives. It would be so much simpler if there was one cure that could fix everything.
Unfortunately, there almost never is. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting one.
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