The Potential Impact of Zinc Supplementation on COVID-19 Pathogenesis
Inga Wessels, Benjamin Rolles, and Lothar Rink
New treatment options for the coronavirus are desperately needed during the latest pandemic. Because of the accelerated spread of the disease and the large number of people infected around the world, cost-effective, globally accessible, and healthy solutions with limited side effects and easy implementation are urgently needed. As zinc satisfies all the above requirements, this study will focus on its potential as a preventive and therapeutic agent, either alone or in conjunction with other strategies. Zinc deficiency will possibly be applied to the factors predisposing individuals to infection and COVID-19 development because zinc is needed to maintain natural tissue barriers such as the respiratory epithelium, which inhibit pathogen entry, as well as for a healthy immune system and redox system. Finally, because of its direct antiviral properties, zinc supplementation is likely to be beneficial to the majority of the population, including those with low zinc levels.