An email from a virologist sparks a zinc supplement rush

As the new corona virus continues to spread around the world, many people are taking action and buying as many supplies as possible to support themselves during quarantine,media reported. You may have heard of a shortage of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, but if you go to your local pharmacy you might find another product, zinc supplement.

An email from a virologist sparks a zinc supplement rush

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At the end of February, virologist and pathologist James Robb sent an email to family and friends advising them to use common sense to protect themselves from the new coronavirus. He mentioned in the e-mail that zinc supplements should be stocked, and when the email went viral online, it sparked a rush to buy zinc supplements, and even the suggestion that “zinc is a silver bullet against the new coronavirus” had evolved online.

Robb reportedly never intended the email to be widely shared online, but his advice may have been based on scientific research. Some studies have shown that zinc supplements can help treat symptoms of the common cold.