Blog Category: COVID-19


How To Get Enough Vitamin D3

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

Vitamin D3 supplementation is essential for those with COVID-19, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular conditions, bone metabolism disorders like osteoporosis, and everyone over 65 years old. Having an adequate vitamin D level also helps prevent seasonal colds and flu.  The best ways to get enough vitamin D are by getting outdoors more, including vitamin D-rich foods in

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How To Tell the Difference Between COVID and Seasonal Viruses

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

The flu season is just starting, and with COVID and seasonal viruses present, already there’s an increase in influenza activity. The dominant strain this year is influenza A, subtype H3N2v. It’s a variant (denoted by the small “v”) of the swine flu pandemic strain H1N1 of 2009. And it has the potential to cause severe

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7 Questions My Patients Ask Now About COVID-19

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

I wish the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic were over. But it’s not. In fact, we’re still in the OMICRON wave that started with BA.1 in late 2021 and mutated to BA.5 by summer 2022. Nor have we haven’t reached herd immunity or vaccinated our way out of this pandemic. We’re at an elevated plateau, but no longer

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12 Lessons to Learn for the Next Pandemic Stage

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

Why aren’t we any wiser about COVID prevention than we were in early 2020? One reason is that SARS-CoV-2 variants evolve fast. As pandemic conditions shift with vaccination and antivirals, the virus finds new ways to infect. Another is that bureaucratic incompetence got in the way.  The government and healthcare bungled the early response and

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Flurona: Update Your 2022 Flu Season Preparedness

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

Stay vigilant because of combination infection by the flu and SARS-CoV-2, which health experts call Flurona. It’s hard enough keeping up with the latest pandemic twists and turns. We also must deal with seasonal influenza outbreaks. I’ve written extensively on surviving pandemic influenza in my books Viral Immunity and Beating the Flu. Many immune-supportive protocols

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How To Navigate the Omicron Wave

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

Infectious disease experts caution us not to panic because Omicron is less harmful. We’re all tired of this pandemic, but it’s not time to become indifferent. Don’t think the Omicron variant is more contagious but less severe. That’s dangerously over-simplified thinking. Omicron is designated SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 with the potential to cause serious disease and

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2021/2022 Fall and Winter Influenza Update

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

According to international influenza tracking sites, like FluNet and FluView, this year’s flu season infection rate is starting slow.  Check your state’s health department website for local outbreaks. For example, in Florida, it’s FLU REVIEW. However, that could change. Typically, January through March are peak influenza season, so keep up your guard in the months

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COVID vs Flu vs Cold: Is It Too Early To Prepare?

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

COVID vs Flu: catching a cold and getting the Flu are routine seasonal illnesses. We accept the inconvenience. Each fall through winter, 64 percent of those 18-30 years catch a cold. Adults in the U.S. get two to four colds every year. Children fare worse, getting up to eight colds each season.  And every year,

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Low Vitamin D level and COVID-19

By Dr. J.E. Williams |

There’s no doubt that low vitamin D level —just like low vitamin B12— is underappreciated by doctors, especially for infectious disease prevention, and goes underdiagnosed and inadequately treated. Optimal vitamin D is particularly important during the pandemic. Links between a low vitamin D level and COVID-19 include worse outcomes for acute lung infection and the

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