Public Health Foundation of India (PFI) Srinath K Reddy on Wednesday said that there is currently no proof at the moment that people consuming vegetarian have better immunity against COVID-19.
Reddy also said that vegetarians have also been infected by the novel coronavirus.
As per reports, Reddy also said that people, whether vegetarians or non-vegetarians, who consume a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables can boost their immunity levels which do provide them with a higher chance of preventing themselves from getting infected by the deadly virus.
A former Head of the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Reddy is also a renowned health expert and has been involved in several major international and national research studies.
He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard and is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.
He also said that people have to be careful in protecting the eyes too as the virus mainly enters through the face which means the nose, mouth or eyes.
“We don’t usually talk about the eyes. When the droplets drop on the face, it can also enter (the body) through the eye because eyes are also connected to the nose. The virus can enter the eyes and then also go to the nose,” he said.
He also said that in addition to spectacles, people are now suggesting face sheets (plastic sheets) for covering the entire face so that nothing falls on the eyes also.
Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in India increased to 74281 on Wednesday.
The death toll due to coronavirus in the country is 2415 so far and the number of active cases is 47480.