This post is updated regularly to reflect the latest news and science around coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
With the spread of COVID-19 now declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, it's more vital than ever to ensure that the information you're reading about coronavirus is accurate. In the past few months, misinformation has spread quickly. Take, for example, a Facebook post shared over 16,000 times that advises people in the Philippines to "keep your throat moist," not eat spicy food, and "load up on vitamin C" to prevent the disease.
The post has since been labeled on Facebook as "false information, checked by independent fact-checkers." For the record, we asked Dr. Steven Gundry, MD what vitamins could help boost your immunity, and he said: "I recommend that my patients up their vitamin D3 intake to get levels to about 120 nanograms per milliliter," as vitamin D3 can help regulate the immune system's response to viral infections. Additionally, Dr. Gundry suggests taking "timed release vitamin C 1,000 milligrams twice a day, or chewing 500 milligram tabs four times a day.”
Unfortunately, contacting your personal health care provider to debunk myths isn't always possible, so make sure the information you're reading is accurate. Subscribe to these newsletters for accurate coronavirus, or COVID-19, information.
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The Washington Post's Live Coronavirus Updates Feed
The Washington Post has a "LIVE UPDATES" feed on its homepage that's updated with time stamps throughout the day. With a mix of breaking news, Q&A's, and editorials targeted at coronavirus, there's always a new story at the top of the list. Then there's their the Washington Post coronavirus newsletter, which will send briefs of each news item pertaining to the virus outbreak to your inbox each morning.
Dr. Steven Gundry, MD, founder of the International Heart & Lung Institute.
Beard, J. A., Bearden, A., & Striker, R. (2011, March). Vitamin D and the anti-viral state. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3308600/
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