Consuming a vegetarian diet lowers risk of being severely affected by COVID-19: Study

Consuming a vegetarian diet lowers risk of being severely affected by COVID-19: Study

Washington, Jun 9 (PTI) People following a vegetarian and fish-based diet have a lower risk of becoming seriously ill from the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey conducted in six countries has said.

According to the researchers, this survey is based on conjecture and does not conclusively establish a relationship between diet and COVID-19 levels and caution needs to be taken in interpreting the findings.

The findings of the survey, published in the journal ‘BMG Nutritional Prevention and Health’ on Tuesday, indicate that a vegetarian diet can reduce the risk of suffering severe COVID-19 by up to 73 percent, while a fish-based diet by 59 percent.

In the past, various studies have suggested that diet may play an important role in the severity of symptoms and the duration of the disease. However, there is little evidence to confirm or disprove this theory.

The new survey involved researchers from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US. The researchers sought the response of 2,884 frontline doctors and nurses who were working in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US, who were severely affected by SARS-CoV-2 during this period.

The people in this online survey, conducted between July and September 2020, were asked for detailed information about their diet last year.

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