COVID patients to recover faster. “There are certain protective micro-molecular enzymes that use zinc to activate themselves and act as a shield.
They prevent the entry of the virus into the respiratory tract and help mucociliary clearance or the natural defence mechanism of the lungs through which COVID infiltrates our system," the research report says. "Zinc may have antiviral activity, whether by improving immune cell function that counters viral infections or by reducing the ability of viruses to multiply," as per 2021 Harvard Medical report.
For zinc deficiency, the people who are most at risk include those who have digestive disorders, chronic liver or kidney disease, excessive cases of diarrhea Apart from these, pregnant women are also at risk as babies need zinc for development One of the most prominent signs of zinc deficiency is loss of taste or smell which was also a major symptom of COVID.
Also, patients may suffer from poor appetite, depressed mood, lower immunity, delay in wound healing, hair loss, and diarrhea.