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Foods and supplements cannot prevent you from getting COVID-19

CLAIM: Eating certain foods or supplements will keep you from catching the novel coronavirus disease.

FALSE. There are no foods, drinks, or supplements that will protect you from COVID-19.

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Don’t fall for false claims.

Eating or avoiding certain foods won’t prevent you from getting COVID-19. Even worse, some fake “cures” can hurt you.

  • There are many false claims about COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating fraudulent products claiming to prevent, diagnose, or treat COVID-19.
  • There is no evidence that foods such as garlic or bananas can protect you from the coronavirus.
  • Consuming foods or drinks that are cold or hot cannot prevent you from getting COVID-19.
  • Eating or fasting for parts of the day cannot prevent you from getting COVID-19.
  • There is no evidence that dietary supplements can “boost” or “supercharge” your immune system to protect you from infections.
 
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Eating well is important for your overall health.

Eating nutritious foods can help you feel good and maintain a healthy weight.

  • Scientists recommend a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
  • Eating well makes you less likely to get chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • It is important to follow proper food safety practices such as washing your hands, utensils, and surfaces often and refrigerating and freezing food properly.
 
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Washing your hands and cleaning surfaces are ways to protect yourself from COVID-19.

You can take action to avoid catching COVID-19.

 
Published on: April 21, 2020