How Drinking Coffee Can Protect You From COVID-19

How Drinking Coffee Can Protect You From COVID-19

Anybody who hasn’t been teleported to another universe for the last 15-16 months knows very well the basic methods of protection against COVID-19: washing our hands frequently, avoiding crowds, covering our faces with a mask, and so on. But according to a new study, it could be a lot easier than that.

According to, the new study was conducted by researchers from Northwestern University, and it claims that those who consume at least a cup of joe per day have about 10 percent fewer chances of becoming infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, by comparison with those who don’t drink coffee at all.

The records of 40,000 adults were analyzed

Coming to the incredible conclusion that coffee consumption can protect you against the coronavirus wasn’t easy. The researchers had to analyze records of 40,000 people in the UK Biobank.

Credit:, Gerd Altmann
Credit:, Gerd Altmann

The study read, as quoted by

Coffee consumption favourably correlates with inflammatory biomarkers such as CRP, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumour necrosis factor I (TNF-I), which are also associated with Covid-19 severity and mortality,
Coffee consumption has also been associated with lower risk of pneumonia in elderly. Taken together, an immunoprotective effect of coffee against Covid-19 is plausible and merits further investigation.

But the good news is not over yet for those who don’t plan on becoming infected with COVID – could it be, all of us? The Northwestern University researchers also concluded that consuming more vegetables, except potatoes, and less processed meat reduces the chances of getting infected with the coronavirus.

Overall, it’s nice to see that there are plenty of methods of staying healthy in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Of course, the new study doesn’t rule out COVID infection completely if you consume at least a cup of coffee per day, but it still brought some good news.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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