Coronavirus patients in the US who are very sick are being treated successfully with a very familiar antioxidant, vitamin C. Hospitals in New York State are giving their patients massive doses of vitamin C after reports of successful treatments with it came out of China.

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Dr. Andrew Weber said that very sick patients in ICUs receive 1,500 mg of vitamin C intravenously. He is a pulmonologist and a critical care specialist working in two Northwell Health facilities, Long Island, New York. The patients receive this amount of the vitamin three to four times a day, said Weber.

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These doses are 16 times more than the daily recommended dietary allowance of Vitamin C according to the US's National Institutes of Health, however. The recommended daily allowance is only 90 mg for men and 75 for women.

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This vitamin C treatment is based on experimental treatments from Shanghai, China for patients with COVID-19. Weber confirmed that “The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C. It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.”

A Northwell hospital spokesman said the vitamin C treatment is being widely used throughout the Northwell network, that consists of 23 hospitals. However, he noted that treatment protocols vary from patient to patient, according to what "the clinician decides".

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Right now, about 700 coronavirus patients within the hospital network are being treated, but it's unknown how many are getting vitamin C as part of their treatments, according to Jason Molinet, the spokesman.

Dr. Weber said the levels of vitamin C in COVID-19 patients would drop when they suffer sepsis, which is a bodily response when the body overreacts to the infection. So “it makes all the sense in the world to try and maintain this level of vitamin C,” he said.

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