Almost seven years ago to the day, then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he would ban the sale of sugary drinks like orange juice in quantities larger than 16 ounces, since the government always knows what’s better for you than you do yourself.
To the surprise of no one who has ever read the U.S. Constitution, a federal court later struck down that ridiculous restriction on personal freedom.
Today, New York City is the epicenter of the Chinese coronavirus plague. Since fate seems to always love a sense of irony, New York area doctors have resorted to hooking up COVID-19 patients to Vitamin C drips, hoping that poor old orange juice hasn’t forgotten the insult the city did to its reputation just a few years ago.
In all seriousness, it should be no surprise that the city is getting desperate. Decades of liberal policymaking under Mike “$500 million for American Samoa” Bloomberg left the New York City medical industry overwhelmed prior to the pandemic. Shortages of beds, doctors, and equipment have left thousands of COVID-19 patients waiting countless hours in hospital waiting rooms.
The New York Times has done its part to exacerbate the crisis by criticizing President Trump after one of his suggested treatments actually, you know, worked.
The treatment of Chinese coronavirus with Vitamin C is unfortunately not conclusive. Dr. Andrew G. Weber of Long Island’s Northwell Health is leading the initiative based upon evidence from a study in Shanghai during the outbreak’s early days. Weber’s intensive-care unit patients receive 6000 to 7500 milligrams of Vitamin C per day, amounting to fifty times the recommended daily dose of this vitamin. For comparison, a single orange contains about 50 milligrams of Vitamin C, more than half your daily nutritional requirement.
“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” Weber said.
“It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug. It makes all the sense in the world to try and maintain this level of Vitamin C.”
Vitamin C helps particularly with coronavirus patients who develop sepsis. This condition causes a major drop of the body’s levels of Vitamin C because inflammation consumes the vitamin far more rapidly than a patient can replenish it. Sepsis was historically one of the major symptoms of scurvy, the Vitamin C deficiency disease suffered by sailors who traveled across the ocean with no fresh fruits or vegetables. Great Britain’s use of limes to treat cases of scurvy is the origin of the nickname “limeys” for English people.
Vitamin C isn’t the only drug administered to ICU patients. On Tuesday, the FDA fast-tracked approval of hydroxychloroquine for patients in critical care, who have little or no options left to help them.
President Trump himself has come out in support of hydroxychloroquine over the past week and believes that this drug could be “one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine.”