Myth: Good nutrition can prevent the coronavirus

Fact: People cannot prevent coronavirus infection through diet. However, a healthy life-style including balanced diet has a positive significance in maintaining an immune system against virus attack.

From clinical observations, the mortality of some patients with underlying diseases is relatively high, which is partly due to insufficient nutritional support. Especially for novel coronavirus patients, they are often observed with problems of olfactory failure and poor appetite. At this point, patients need to be reminded of taking adequate nutrition. For critically ill and emergent patients, enteral and parenteral nutrition support is particularly important. For more details, please refer to the Guide to Clinical Nutrition Diet for Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Patients issued by the National Health Commission of China.

Source: Dr Zhong, Kai, Director of China Food Information Center (CFIC)