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Media Ordered to Launch Healthy Diet Campaign as Precautionary Measure Against Coronavirus

Spokesperson of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Dr Waseem Khawaja Tuesday, stressed the media to launch a healthful food campaign to remind people of a healthy diet that can improve the immune system so people have a good immune system.

Concerned about the COVID-19 that put people at unnecessary risk because chronic anxiety suppresses the immune system and increases the risk of infection, he told PTV.

He appreciated that our government was taking all corrective measures to deal with any situation, adding that, he appeals to the general public to take all precautionary measures including social distancing, frequently wash hands and stay at home.

Coronavirus is a silent killer. It is high time to eat healthy diet which can boost immunity and pray to Almighty Allah for His help and mercy in this crucial time, he advised.

The most important thing to understand right now is not to overlap seasonal flu and allergy with coronavirus symptoms. It is better to avoid coming to hospitals for minor issues, he mentioned.

The general public should self examine the symptoms before reaching to a conclusion, he urges.

He explained that boosting the immune system would help the body fight viruses and bacterial attacks, adding that lack of Vitamin C can make you more prone to getting sick.

He said food that boost the immune system included green vegetables, dairy products, fruits, lemons and oranges, as well as nuts like almonds and cashew, which were high in vitamins and antioxidants.

A balanced diet comprising carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, as well drinking enough water, were essential to boosting the immune system, he said.

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