Forum: Boost personal immunity to guard against infection

The 35-year-old Chinese national who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier but has since recovered was discharged from the National Centre for Infectious Diseases yesterday. Ministry of Health's director of medical services Kenneth Mak said ano
The 35-year-old Chinese national who tested positive for the coronavirus earlier but has since recovered was discharged from the National Centre for Infectious Diseases yesterday. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has been creative in looking to use antiretroviral drugs, namely lopinavir and ritonavir, which are usually used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), to treat coronavirus patients (First patient discharged, some given anti-HIV drugs: MOH, Feb 5).

A retrovirus is different in structure from a coronavirus.

While waiting for the results of clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of antiretroviral drugs against the coronavirus, everyone must make an effort to increase his own personal immunity.

It would be very helpful if MOH or the Health Promotion Board could put out a list of nutritional foods to be eaten, and what foods are best avoided, that would help those who are still free from the coronavirus infection to improve their immunity.

Vitamin C has often been mentioned, and has been shown to be able to improve a person's immunity.

Tan Soon Kiam (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2020, with the headline 'Boost personal immunity to guard against infection'. Print Edition | Subscribe