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FOOD AND CORONAVIRUS

FOOD AND CORONAVIRUS

There are no particular foods or dietary patterns that can boost the immune system and treat or prevent coronavirus disease. Several nutrients play an important role in our immune system including:

  • Vitamins A
  • Vitamins B6
  • Vitamins B12
  • Vitamins C
  • Vitamins D
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Iron
  • Folate
  • Copper

It is highly recommended to have a healthy balanced diet, especially at this time. These foods allow us to get the needed nutrients for us to be healthy and make our immunity stronger. In addition to healthy eating, getting enough sleep, being physically active, and reducing stress also helps support normal immune functioning. Social distancing, good hygiene practice, and isolating those who are infected are the best ways to prevent infection.

Supplements To Boost Immune System Against The Virus

No evidence shows there is a certain supplement that claims to boost your immune system and treat viral infections, especially coronavirus. We must keep this in mind when assessing information from others who claim otherwise.

It is very important for good health and normal immune functioning that we meet our dietary requirements from minerals and vitamins. Eating a healthy balanced diet must provide all the needed nutrients we need.

Getting Coronavirus From Eating Food

There is no evidence that the virus is transmitted through eating food. Although it is not likely that it will be transmitted via contaminated food, good food hygiene is always recommended to minimize the risk of foodborne illnesses. When preparing or handling food, be sure to;

  • Wash your hands before and after handling the food
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Before eating fruits or vegetables, wash them thoroughly
  • Disinfect objects or surfaces before and after using them
  • Keep cooked and raw foods separate
  • Make sure to cook and reheat foods to adequate temperatures

Food Packaging

Coronavirus spreads from person-to-person via contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person. The virus may exist on cardboard foods packaging for a day and several days on plastics. There is a risk of being infected from touching an object or a surface that is contaminated by the virus then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Nevertheless, there is a very low risk of contracting the virus from touching contaminated food packaging.

When in stores, the risk of being infected remains in being close contact with other people and the commonly touched surfaces such as elevator, shopping cart, and weighing scale. It is very important to wash your hands before and after handling these things. In general, to lessen your risk of being infected, you can follow these steps;

  • Wash your hands before and after collecting takeaways, unpacking foods, and grocery shopping.
  • Keep a safe distance from other people when shopping.
  • If you are sick, do not go shopping. Wherever possible, order your goods online and ask your friends or other family members to drop it off at your place.
  • Avoid touching foods unless you buy them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth especially when outside in a public setting.