A Rapid Advice Guideline for the Prevention of Novel Coronavirus Through Nutritional Intervention

Curr Nutr Rep. 2020 Sep;9(3):119-128. doi: 10.1007/s13668-020-00325-1.


Purpose of review: An unexpected and sudden outbreak of a novel infection known as a coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed important problems to global well-being and economy. Based upon current researches, this virus is spreading from one human to another through respiratory droplets, i.e. cough and sneeze. Till now, there has not been any specific treatment found for this virus. Hence, there is a critical need to discover alternative techniques to cope with the current scenario.

Recent findings: This review conducted an online search for prevention of coronavirus infection with the help of nutritional interventions. It has been observed that the effect of the virus is mostly on the individual with low immunity, individual affected with diseases like diabetes, and individual using any immune-suppressed drug or having past history of major surgeries or severe medical conditions. Therefore, consuming foods which boost immunity helps in preventing respiratory-related disorder or suppressing diseases-related problems, which could be helpful in controlling the spread of this virus. In conclusion, it has been suggested that before the beginning of generalised treatments and interventions in each infected patient, nutritional status should be evaluated, as it can help in creating a specific nutrition intervention for the infected individual.

Keywords: Coronavirus; Immunity; Nutrition; Prevention; Respiratory-related disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / complications
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Diet*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Nutrition Therapy*
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / complications
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • SARS-CoV-2