Globally, the coronavirus outbreak is making headlines in the newspapers, social media and where not. It has declared a global epidemic as of now the disease has disseminated across the world in more than sixty countries. The panic is all over the world including India, the cases of coronavirus reported here have crossed more than 20.
As everyone has started wearing a mask, regular washing of hands, therefore, besides maintaining personal hygiene and cleanliness at all times, the most common enquiry was whether or not non-vegetarians should consume meat during the times when coronavirus is rapidly spreading.
Moreover, one of the queries related to coronavirus started doing the rounds and the same we have observed on twitter such as the trends like “Stop Eating Meat” and “No Meat No Coronavirus”.
As per the doctor’s statement, it is difficult for a person to cut the meat category from their diet so they advised them to avoid eating raw meat.
Dr. Anant Mohan from the Pulmonary Medicine Department at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, said to NDTV, “The rumour has emerged because most of those infected in Wuhan had some contact with one of the sea food markets in that place. There is no conclusive evidence as far as meat or diet is concerned. But, as a precaution and especially in India, it is a good idea, generally also, to avoid raw meat. It is better to have cooked meat. As of now, there is no advisory that prevents you from eating any non-vegetarian food. But it should always be a well-cooked food. That should be safe enough.”
WHO and the government of India have released a string of tweets about queries relating to coronavirus that how to curb unwarranted pandemonium. Therefore, it is a myth that is scientifically baseless that meat-eaters and non-vegetarians are being held responsible for spreading Coronavirus. In addition, cooked meat poses no risk to anyone.
Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Coach, Shilpa Arora ND, also agrees, “Raw meats such as rawfish such as that found in sushi and sashimi should definitely be avoided considering that it is an airborne disease and we are not sure if the birds or animals are exposed to an effected environment. But there is no harm whatsoever in consuming cooked meat. People suggesting avoiding meat entirely should know that there is no evidence of the same.”
Eventually, the fact remains that coronavirus is simply a respiratory virus that can spread primarily through contact with an infected person.