I’m a Doctor and Have This Essential COVID Warning — Eat This Not That

By Ghuman


As a doctor, I am deeply concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and the impact it is having on our lives. With the virus continuing to spread, it is essential that we all take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones. One of the most important things we can do is to make sure we are eating the right foods. Eating the wrong foods can put us at risk for developing serious health complications from the virus. In this article, I will provide essential COVID warnings and advice on what to eat and what to avoid.

I’m a Doctor and Have This Essential COVID Warning — Eat This Not That

As a doctor, I’m here to give you an essential warning about COVID-19: what you eat can have a major impact on your health. Eating the wrong foods can increase your risk of getting sick, while eating the right foods can help you stay healthy and strong.

When it comes to COVID-19, it’s important to focus on eating foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients help boost your immune system and can help protect you from the virus. Here are some of the best foods to eat during the pandemic:

  • Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables can help you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
  • Whole grains: Whole grains are a great source of fiber, which can help keep your digestive system healthy. Eating whole grains can also help reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Lean proteins: Lean proteins like fish, chicken, and beans are a great source of protein and can help keep your muscles strong. Eating lean proteins can also help you feel fuller for longer, which can help you avoid overeating.
  • Healthy fats: Healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, and avocados are a great source of healthy fats. Eating healthy fats can help keep your heart healthy and can also help reduce inflammation in your body.

It’s also important to avoid eating foods that can increase your risk of getting sick. These include processed foods, sugary drinks, and foods high in saturated fat. Eating these foods can weaken your immune system and make it harder for your body to fight off the virus.

By following these simple tips, you can help protect yourself from COVID-19 and stay healthy. Eating the right foods can help boost your immune system and keep you strong during the pandemic.

It’s important to remember that COVID is not over. Much like Influenza, we will deal with COVID-19 to some degree forever. Therefore, the more we know, the more vigilant we take precautions, the better we can protect ourselves, our families and our loved ones from the next significant outbreak. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

Woman being sick having flu lying on sofa looking at temperature on thermometer. Sick woman lying in bed with high fever.

A twindemic is when you have two pandemics happening at the same time. We predict there will be a convergence of COVID-19 and Influenza this fall and winter. Whether or not this prediction comes true depends on how much worse COVID infections get and what happens with the 2022-23 flu season. Flu pandemics happen on average about every ten years and we are overdue, but we may get lucky and continue to have fewer flu cases than usual. Either way, it is important to be prepared and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and each other.—Emil Tsai, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S. is a renowned scientist and the founder of SyneuRx, a clinical-stage global biotech company focused on the development of new classes of drugs for COVID-19 and multiple major central nervous system disorders.   

Woman being sick having flu sitting on bed alone at home, having high fever or temperature, touching forehead

Be aware of the potential risks and take precautions accordingly. COVID and Influenza are both respiratory diseases and the safeguards against infection are much the same. Older adults or people with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart problems, obesity, chronic kidney disease, etc., are at high risk for COVID. For the flu, children and older adults, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk. To reduce the risk of infection for both COVID and the flu, you need to avoid close contact, stay at home when sick, cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing, frequently wash your hands and get vaccinated. Hopefully, you can kill two birds with one stone (twindemic). 

Infected patient in quarantine lying in bed in hospital

Yes, people can be infected with both the flu virus and COVID at the same time. This potential outcome can be very dangerous. There is a lot of unknown about what would happen should a person be infected with the flu and COVID. Theoretically, two viruses that co-infect the same person can produce a new virus called a recombinant virus. We are also dealing with an outbreak of monkeypox; there is potential for a difficult situation. If these viruses were to mutate and create a hybrid virus, we don’t know how virulent the hybrid virus is, how it will impact the infection rate, or how the virus is spread. As the infection of these viruses increases, the chances of mutation and recombination also increase.  

woman lying sick at home couch

A co-infection of the flu and COVID hasn’t happened yet, so this is speculation, but it could cause an increase in the severity of symptoms and the mortality rate. A co-infection would also be catastrophic to a person’s immune system causing it to overreact and increase the likelihood of long-term effects on your organs and your respiratory system. It can be like a naturally occurring biological weapon against humanity. 

Doctor vaccinating female patient in clinic.

The precautions that prevent the flu are the same precautions we have been taking for the last two years to avoid COVID. People should be vaccinated, limit time spent in enclosed spaces or large crowds, wear a mask when possible, stay home when sick and frequently wash their hands. 

Everyone must take the initiative to take precautionary measures based on their medical circumstances and risk tolerance. People shouldn’t rely solely on what is required. We know that wearing a mask decreases risk, so if you want to limit your exposure, wear a mask in crowded public spaces even if it is no longer required in those spaces. Suppose you or someone in your family are moderately or severely immunocompromised, you live with the elderly, or you are a health care provider, etc. In that case, you must take the precautions that make the most sense for your circumstances and not rely on the requirements of others. We must begin looking at this individually and altruistically. 

Emil Tsai, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S

Dr. Emil Tsai, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S. is a renowned scientist, professor at UCLA School of Medicine, and the founder of SyneuRx, a clinical-stage global biotech company focused on the development of new classes of drugs for COVID-19 and multiple major central nervous system disorders. Read more about Emil