Patients’ Behavior Regarding Dietary or Herbal Supplements before and during COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia
et al., International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,
Retrospective survey-based analysis of 738 COVID-19 patients in Saudi Arabia, showing lower hospitalization with vitamin C, turmeric, zinc, and nigella sativa, and higher hospitalization with vitamin D. For vitamin D, most patients continued prophylactic use. For vitamin C, the majority of patients continued prophylactic use. For nigella sativa, the majority of patients started use during infection. Authors do not specify the fraction of prophylactic use for turmeric and zinc.
Although the 24% lower hospitalization is not statistically significant, it is consistent with the significant 34% lower hospitalization [16‑47%]
from meta analysis of the 5 hospitalization results to date
risk of hospitalization, 24.0% lower, RR 0.76, p = 0.09, treatment 85 of 345 (24.6%), control 152 of 393 (38.7%), NNT 7.1, adjusted per study, odds ratio converted to relative risk, multivariable.
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Aldwihi et al., 11 May 2021, retrospective, Saudi Arabia, peer-reviewed, survey, mean age 36.5, 8 authors, study period August 2020 - October 2020.
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