Human Corona Virus Infection and Role of Nutrition

Harmanjot Kaur1* & Roopjot2

1Consultant Dietitian, SGS Ayurveda and Nutrition, Khanna, Punjab, India
2Director, SGS Ayurveda and Nutrition, Khanna, Punjab, India

Dr. Harmanjot Kaur, Consultant Dietitian, SGS Ayurveda and Nutrition, Khanna, Punjab, India.

Keywords: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV); Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (SARS-CoV); Epidemiology; Immune Response; Nutrition


In the 21st century, 2 highly pathogenic Human corona viruses (HCoVs) -severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome corona virus (MERS-CoV)-emerged from animal reservoirs to cause global epidemics with alarming morbidity and mortality. The transmission of 2019-nCoV may occur predominantly through direct mucous membrane (nose, mouth or eye) contact with infectious respiratory droplets within close vicinity of an infected person. Nutritional support can help prevent the occurrence of acute infection. Foods rich in zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and probiotics help in prevention and treatment of human corona virus infection. Warming foods also play an important role in boosting human immunity against viral infections.

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