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2021 Mar

J Family Med Prim Care



Coronavirus disease 2019 and the natural agents: Is there a role for the primary care?


Alharthi MO, Alasmari RA, Almatani RI, Alharthi RM, Aljumaiei SA, Alkuhayli BA, Kabel AM
J Family Med Prim Care. 2021 Mar; 10(3):1134-1138.
PMID: 34041140.


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a newly discovered RNA virus that belongs to corona virus group. It leads to an infectious state manifested as fever, loss of smell and taste sensations, cough, myalgia, fatigue and headache. The condition may become more serious as difficulty in breathing, chest pain and even death. Until successful vaccine is developed, complimentary and herbal medicine can be used as alternative prevention measure against COVID-19 in high-risk populations. This is because the none of the traditional agents used in the treatment protocols had proven effective results. In addition, recent studies reported that dietary supplements and herbal agents may have effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may contribute efficiently to amelioration of the effects of COVID-19. This review sheds light on the possible role of the natural agents in the management of COVID-19 with reference to the role of the primary care in this issue.