The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has hit the world hard, with nearly one hundred thousand people infected and thousands already dead due to COVID-19, the disease it causes. There is no beating around the bush here — the coronavirus is a scary thing. People are worried, and while we can debate if that’s reasonable or not, the reality is that across the globe people are terrified of what’s happening and what’s going to come.
And as I’ve written before, that fear isn’t going away any time soon.
And with the fear of coronavirus has come the an outbreak of a different kind: dodgy health advice. Whenever there is a major health issue anywhere in the world, we see dozens if not hundreds of people jumping up to tell you that they have the perfect remedy that will make the problem go away, for a price. Alongside the enormous amount of legitimate medical research that is going on to try and find a cure for the disease, there are numerous people trying to make a quick buck selling unproven, potentially harmful things to desperate people scared of getting sick.
So here’s a short list of things that are almost certain not to work for the new coronavirus, no matter how flashy the internet ad is.
5. Changing Your Diet
Something that astounds me is the number of people who’ve taken the outbreak of a terrifying infection as yet another opportunity to push their favorite dietary fad. From keto to the vegan option, everyone and his horse has decided that a pandemic of infectious disease is the right time to tell us that we can be healed if only we follow their prescriptive dietary choices.
Can diets prevent or cure the coronavirus? The short answer is, of course, no. The longer answer is that, while there is some indication from preclinical research that certain diets…