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Ask a Doctor: Avoiding COVID-19 After A Family Member Catches It

'How can I avoid getting sick when my family member has been ill and just tested positive for COVID-19?'
BY Dr. Ann Corson TIMEFebruary 12, 2022 PRINT

Ask a Doctor: “Someone in my family has been sick for a few days and just tested positive for COVID-19. What can I do to help myself from getting sick as well?”

Your risk of becoming sick depends on many factors including your age, co-existing medical conditions, vitamin D level, and overall nutritional status. Older people as well as those with pre-existing diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, autoimmunity, and immunosuppression are at greater risk of severe disease and death from SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Regardless, you can improve your chances of not becoming ill or mitigating illness if you follow the Frontline Covid Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), Dr. Peter McCullough’s, or Dr. Vladimir Zelenko’s  preventative protocols.

The virus replicates for the first few days in your nose, mouth, and throat, so it is important to gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash and do nasal rinses using diluted hydrogen peroxide or betadine.  Ask your doctor, or go to, for a prescription for ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine. Black cumin seed 40mg/kg daily can be used in addition to or in place of ivermectin.

Fortify your immune system with vitamin D3/K2 5000 IU daily, zinc 50 mg daily, quercetin 500 mg twice daily, vitamin C 2-3 gm daily, and melatonin 6 mg at bedtime.

A recent review of the scientific literature  shows that vitamin D levels greater than 50 ng/ml are associated with milder disease and that hospitalized patients treated with vitamin D have a reduction in disease severity and intensive care unit admissions.

I also encourage my patients to eat an organic diet low in sugars and refined carbohydrates, and lower their stress levels.

Luckily, the vast majority of people who become infected with SARS-CoV-2 develop an illness similar to yearly flu viruses and subsequently acquire robust, long lasting T cell and B cell immunity.

Please ask your sick family member to review outpatient treatment protocols from FLCCC, Dr. McCullough, or Dr. Zelenko. I hope he or she feels better soon!

Best wishes,

Dr. Ann Corson

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Correction: A previous version of this article contained a dosing error for black cumin seed.  The correct dose for black cumin seed is 4omg/kg/day. The Epoch Times regrets the error.

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Dr. Corson obtained her MD degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1982 and is board certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Her solo practice in Philadelphia, PA is devoted full time to the treatment of patients suffering from all forms of chronic disease. In 2008, Dr. Corson joined Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) to help raise awareness of China’s live forced organ harvesting of innocent prisoners of conscience, primarily Falun Gong practitioners. Since 2016, she has been editor-in-chief of DAFOH’s newsletter.
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