The Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment

The Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment is available here:
It is available in 17 different language now, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, Persian, Arabic, and other languages as well.

The Handbook was sponsored by Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation and compiled by a panel of medical experts from the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (FAZHU) according to their clinical experience in fighting the pandemic, was officially released on March 18.

Note that “XII. TCM Classification Therapy to Improve Curative Efficacy” explains the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbs boiled in water and drunk as a tea) for treatment of patients. This is important because Chinese studies often use conventional or standard treatment in the control group — which may include TCM. And this would NOT be considered a true control from the Western point of view. Rather, it would be a comparison of two different treatment arms.

Western researchers and doctors relying on Chinese studies need to inquire of the study authors whether TCM was used in the controls.

Also, the use of such herbal medicines is common in South Korea, where the disease seems to be being handled better than in the West. This could be one factor. Interestingly, several studies in the West of herbal medicines have shown efficacy against SARS and/or COVID-19.

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