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Integrative Considerations during the COVID-19 Pandemic Explore
Given the high interest in integrative strategies to augment public health measures to prevent COVID-19 infection, a review of medical studies from the University of Arizona analyzes some science-backed wellness strategies to consider. The researchers state strongly up front that there are no clinically-proven integrative prevention or treatment strategies for COVID-19 infection, but with available in-vitro evidence and data from similar, but different, viruses, it’s time to be proactive. Looks at the levels of evidence for adequate sleep, stress management, zinc, vitamin D, melatonin, fruits and vegetables, elderberry, etc. in risk reduction, and which immune-activating agents to avoid if infected.

Can I Boost My Immune System?New York Times
Fears about Coronavirus have prompted plenty of misinformation about strengthening the immune system. The bottom line: There is no magic pill or a specific food guaranteed to bolster your immunity and protect you from the Coronavirus. But there are real ways to give your immune system the best chance to do its job. What works: improving sleep, lowering your stress, exercising, eating a balanced diet, avoiding excessive alcohol, and checking your vitamin D level—and skipping the unproven supplements.

Some Wellness Influencers Sell False Promises As Health Fears Soar WIRED
Advice and platforms for staying active or de-stressing during the pandemic are one positive development. But some influencers are pushing unscientific, dangerous claims about “immunity-boosting” merchandise.

COVID-19: Can ‘Boosting’ Your Immune System Protect You?BBC News
Interviewing doctors, argues that the idea that any pill or trendy superfood can provide a shortcut to a healthy immune system is a myth—and gives people a false sense of security. Looks at the claims and the science (or lack of in some cases) around various supplements, vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants. Sums up: There are core wellness approaches you can take to support your immune system: good sleep, exercise, a balanced diet and stress reduction.

US Government To Coronavirus Scammers: Cut It Out!Forbes
Looks at some of the marketers who have received warning letters from the FTC and FDA in March for marketing products claiming to prevent or cure COVID-19—whether “immunity teas,” colloidal silver or essential oils— acknowledging that warning letters aren’t exactly the most powerful action imaginable.

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