In late 2019, news came out of Wuhan City in the Chinese province of Hubei, warning the world about a mysterious pneumonia-like disease that had claimed the lives of dozens of Chinese citizens. However, the world did not expect that by the time of New Year 2020, the hell that had been occurring within the walls of China would also happen in various places in all continents. From Asia to America to Europe, and then Africa, the plague caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (now formally known as SARS-CoV 2) became so massive that made the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) as a pandemic, a historic event unfolding in front of our very eyes.
As major cities in the world were forced into lockdown in hopes to slow down the spread of the deadly virus, people staying inside their homes are left with no choice but to hope that the situation will lighten up in the days or weeks to come. The problem is that the COVID-19 crisis has yet to show signs of letting up, and without a solid cure to combat the disease, all we can do now is to practice social distancing and strengthen our immune system. For the latter point, there are many ways for us to do so, and the easiest way is to eat healthy and nutritious food.
Vitamin C And Zinc: Our Trusted Allies Against The Coronavirus
Consuming a healthy amount of zinc has been attributed to an improved immune system, thus making this mineral a top choice in making our bodies better equipped in the time of a COVID-19 pandemic. Zinc has also been tied to faster wound healing and cellular repair. Specifically, many studies have shown that zinc can help shortening or lessening the impact of the common colds to our body. To note, the SARS-CoV 2 is a known relative of the usual cold-causing coronavirus, and as COVID-19 causes similar symptoms as colds and other upper respiratory illnesses, zinc has the potential to protect our bodies against this new coronavirus strain. With this, eating food with mushroom and kale are recommended to get high amounts of zinc.
We should also see to it that we consume enough amounts of Vitamin C daily, as it is well-known for being an effective antioxidant. Its positive effects to our skin is just a bonus, although its amazing aid to our immune system is why we should always eat food rich in Vitamin C. These are lemons, guavas, chilli peppers, thyme, and spinach.
The coronavirus scare left us with so many things to worry about, which may stay with us in months or even years after the virus itself has been eradicated. With a long period of lockdown, as well as the potential long-term physical effects that COVID-19 to the population, small and large businesses will surely take some time to bounce back. The economy and the market that we once knew before the pandemic will not be the same. Take note that saving the world is not as easy as counting 0345. People standing together as one is the answer.
At least, if we keep our bodies fit and healthy amid this crisis, we will be more capable of helping the world recover, perhaps even faster if we all help each other.