Shane McAuliffe and James Bradfield, writing on behalf of the NNEdPro Nutrition and Covid-19 Taskforce, based in Cambridge, help us to separate fact from fiction.
Given the considerable interest in the role of nutrition throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we recently we wrote a piece in the Cambridge Independent about how to eat well and support your health during such uncertain times. It seems as though the discussion around what to do, and what not to do has been never-ending, with reports emerging almost daily suggesting new ways to improve health and potentially combat susceptibility to infection or its consequences.
While this push for knowledge has fuelled important scientific research and discussion, it has also inevitably led to debate about what is fact, what is fiction and what makes up the grey areas between them. In reality, Covid-19 is a new disease and so our understanding of its interactions, including those with nutrition, are continually evolving.
New evidence that can inform policy and practice is being generated, including in our flagship journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. In it, we have established a dedicated Covid-19 special collection to help gather emerging research on the relationship between the virus and nutrition, in order to add to what we currently know. In this article, we will outline what this collection has uncovered about the relationship between nutrition and Covid-19 so far.
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