Is it possible to prevent or protect yourself from COVID-19?
Currently there is no proven vaccine or drug to prevent or cure COVID-19. Preventative recommendations from WHO and CDC are focussed on avoiding personal exposure to the infection, and reducing the transfer of the infection to others. [Read more here].
However despite best efforts, researchers are predicting up to 70% of Australians could become infected with the Coronavirus [Read more here]. As a result, the strength of an individual’s immune system is critical, as an optimal immune response has been shown to reduce incidence of infection, days-of-illness and severity of symptoms. A number of lifestyle factors are strongly associated with improved immune markers and susceptibility of infection. Advancements in personalised health have indicated that there may be a greater benefit for a personalised approach to lifestyle factors for general health and well being.
WHO Supports Proactive Health
On March 20th, Director General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom, urged the public to practice healthful behaviours as the best way to fight COVID-19. “First, eat a healthy and nutritious diet, which helps your immune system to function properly.” [Read more here]
Australian Health Scientist Matt Riemann, who heads up the COVID-19 Personal Immunity Research Study focussed on further understanding the direct links between personal immunity and the Coronavirus, explains “Our body’s immune system is designed to fight against viruses like COVID-19. There is strong evidence to suggest we should all be taking proactive steps immediately to educate and empower each Australian with evidence-based recommendations that promote nutritional adequacy and a healthy diet of fresh whole foods loaded with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties at this time.”