Is It True That Taking Propolis, Ibuprofen And Echinacea Should Not Be Used To Prevent Corona Virus?

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good afternoon Doctor, is it true that taking propolis, ibuprofen and echinacea should not be used to prevent corona virus? then take what vitamins are good to prevent it. Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Andi,


Thank you for the question.

Corona virus enters the body through its interaction with the ACE 2 receptor (angiotensin converting enzyme-2). From here, Corona virus has the ability to replicate itself and cause a broad spectrum of symptoms, some are mild, some are severe and deadly.


So far, among the three drugs and supplements that you have mentioned, the most investigated link to the Corona virus is ibuprofen. This drug is thought to increase the number of ACE 2 receptors in the body, so taking them is feared to actually facilitate virus replication and worsen disease. Allegedly strong, the two supplements you mentioned also have a similar effect. Therefore, consumption in patients with diseases caused by the Corona virus, including those that cause COVID-19 today, is not recommended. However, this also seems to still be a lot of debate in the medical community. Because, some experts do not question the provision of drugs and supplements for prevention and treatment of patients with COVID-19.


As with most other viruses, preventing Corona virus infection can be done primarily by:

Increase endurance, through adequate rest, eat foods rich in antioxidants and have a balanced nutritional value, lots of drinking, not too stressful, regularly exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, take supplements if necessary (as recommended by your doctor)
Improve personal hygiene, such as by diligent bathing, frequently washing hands with soap, changing clothes at least 2 times a day, do not hold your face except with clean hands, not carelessly exchanging personal items with others
Obey the government's recommendations, including to maintain social distancing and not to leave the house unless urgent
Going to a doctor can feel unwell to be treated further

Hope this helps ...

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