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How to boost your immune system amid COVID-19 crisis: Dr Chris's simple three-point plan


Coronavirus cases in the UK have now reached nearly 100,000, and sadly 12,868 people confirmed to have the virus have died. With a vaccine yet to be developed, some experts have advised people to carry out steps to make sure their immune system is fighting fit. TV doctor Dr Chris Steele appeared on ITV’s This Morning via video link to offer his three-point plan to do just this.

He added: “They’re good, simple ways of boosting your army of friendly bacteria.

Dr Chris’s third step is to take vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin.

Vitamin D is made in your skin under the action of sunshine.

Dr Chris explained: “The northern hemisphere of the world has gone through it’s winter months, so we’re all low on vitamin D and should be taking vitamin D.

“Vitamin D deficiency is common, and we recommend those at risk of coronavirus to be urgently supplementing with vitamin D to enhance their resistance against COVID-19.”

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When you buy vitamin D, Dr Chris urged people to look for vitamin D3 on the label.

He continued: “I take vitamin D3 every day – it helps boost the immune system in regards to coronavirus.”

Other ways to prevent getting coronavirus

The UK government is advising everyone stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave your home for very limited purposes. These include:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), you should use the 111 coronavirus service. https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • For health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance



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