Vegetarians are 73 per cent less likely to get severe Covid-19 than their meat-eating peers, a new study claims.
Self-declared pescetarians were also found to be at 59 per cent less at risk than someone who regularly consumes red meat or poultry.
Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets also appeared to be linked to a 3.8 times increased chance of getting moderate to severe illness.
The research, published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, examined data from 2,884 healthcare workers across six countries including the UK. More than 2,300 did not catch Covid-19 and 568 did.