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COVID-19 associated pneumonia

Zinc, Covid and the elderly

December 16, 2020 - 14:21 -- Pierre Lutgen

LOW ZINC STATUS: A RISK FOR PNEUMONIA IN THE ELDERLY

Plasma Zn decrease is strongly related to age and may be a predictor of all-cause mortality in elderly population. In a study in Italy plasma zinc levels were measured in individuals having an age range of 10–93 years. No significant differences in plasma zinc concentrations were found between males and females. Up to the age of 50 years, the mean plasma zinc of normal individuals remained relatively constant at 70 ± 32µg/100 ml after which the levels decreased.

Breakthrough: Chloroquine phosphate has shown apparent efficacy in treatment of COVID-19 associated pneumonia in clinical studies

February 24, 2020 - 14:25 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Gao J, Tian Z, Yang X
Reference: 
Biosci Trends. 2020 Feb 19

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus is spreading rapidly, and scientists are endeavoring to discover drugs for its efficacious treatment in China. Chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for treatment of malaria, is shown to have apparent efficacy and acceptable safety against COVID-19 associated pneumonia in multicenter clinical trials conducted in China.

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