Covid-19 and dietary socioecology: Risk minimisation

Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2020;29(2):207-219. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.202007_29(2).0001.


Pandemics have shaped humanity over and over again, but the coronavirus outbreak of 2019-2020 is in a world at the tipping point of catastrophic climate change. Its origins and distinction derive from over-population with inequity and an industrial revolution since the 17th century which has exploited fossil fuels as a globalised energy source, a period now described as the anthropocene. Asymptotic ecosystem loss and dysfunction, for people whose being is socioecological, makes ultimate survival tenuous. Microbial forms of life jump species when habitats are destroyed, or their host misused. Our innate immunity depends on our general health and fitness- social, mental, physical, and nutritional, in step with nature and its rhythms through walking in it, enjoying sunlight and sleep. Biodiversity and the associated benefit of food variety, after being breast-fed, is the key descriptor of a healthful, sustainable, accessible, and acceptable way of eating. How this pattern might contribute to our resilience in the face of a highly transmissible and biologically evasive virus is becoming clear. It may also be possible to compliment usefully preventive vaccination and therapeutic healthcare and rehabilitation through a greater understanding of our nutritional biology.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / immunology
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy
  • Diet / methods*
  • Ecosystem
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Innate / immunology
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / immunology*
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / immunology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • SARS-CoV-2