How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus (Or Any Virus)

With coronavirus dominating the news, we’ve seen a contagion of conspiracy theories—coronavirus is a bio-weapon invented by the Chinese, coronavirus lingers on paper money so governments are going to decree a cashless society, coronavirus has given the Italian and Iranian governments an excuse to crack down on dissidents, coronavirus is caused by 5G, which was rolled out in Wuhan—and outbreaks of worst-case-scenario thinking, like the claim that coronavirus will infect 80 percent of the UK population!


A few facts about coronavirus should help prevent panic. Coronavirus has been around a long time.  Both SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) are caused by a type of coronavirus.  Like all viral outbreaks, they have their day and then taper off—as the number of cases already seems to be dwindling in China.

The number of deaths from coronavirus is low compared with the number of daily deaths from flu and pneumonia—and most of these occur in nursing homes and among the elderly. To date, no child has died of coronavirus.

The worst part of all the hullaballoo is the bad advice that fills the newspaper reports. People are engaging in extreme handwashing, disinfecting their houses with clorox, refusing handshakes and wearing masks. (Remember that viruses are extremely tiny, so wearing a mask is like building a chain link fence to keep out mice.) We don’t read anything in the papers about building immunity—to all diseases, from coronavirus to TB.  In fact, the Washington Post has admonished its readers that you can’t build immunity to the coronavirus.

This is nonsense.  Like any virus, coronavirus is no match for someone with a strong immune system. Here are ways you can bolster yours:

  1. Vitamin A-rich foods:  Vitamin A is our number one protection against viruses.  So take your cod liver oil, one that contains natural vitamin A and eat liver about once a week.
  2. Vitamin D: Vitamin D works with vitamin A to give us a strong immune system.  Best sources are cod liver oil, egg yolks from pastured hens, butter from grass-fed cows, fish eggs and lard from pigs raised outdoors.
  3. Coconut Oil:  The coronavirus is a lipid-coated virus that pegs out in the presence of medium-chain triglycerides–and coconut oil is our best source of these healthy fats.
  4. Gelatin-rich bone broth: Supports the immune system and helps us detoxify.
  5. Vitamin C:  Your best source is fermented veggies like sauerkraut–there is ten times more vitamin C in sauerkraut than in fresh cabbage!
  6. Saturated Fats: Coronavirus has an affinity for the lungs, and the lungs can’t work without saturated fats, so eat plenty of butter and avoid all industrial fats and oils.
  7. Raw Milk:  Raw whole milk from pastured cows contains many compounds that strengthen the immune system.

Can raw milk carry the coronavirus?  Good question.  The answer is No.  As explained by Dr. Ted Beals, the coronavirus belongs to the general group of pathogens that cause “respiratory diseases.”  The fluids in coughing serve as the major mechanism for spreading to others and infecting their respiratory tract.  These pathogens cause diseases that are categorized as airborne diseases.

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The group of pathogens that are of concern in raw milk, belong to the “digestive diseases” group. These pathogens prefer the digestive tract, grow in the digestive tract, and are spread to others in fluids from the digestive tract.  Infection spreads to others through the food we eat. These pathogens are in the group that causes foodborne diseases.

So unless a person with coronavirus coughs directly into your glass of milk, you are unlikely to get the disease from drinking raw milk—and even then, your digestive tract is not a suitable environment for the virus to grow.

So let’s use the coronavirus outbreak to support local farmers and drink MORE raw milk, as well as all their other fine pasture-raised animal products.

PS: How do you know you have coronavirus?  In the papers we are reading that so-and-so tested positive to coronavirus.  What is this test? Apparently, there is no specific test for coronavirus!  According to one activist who spoke with an official at the CDC, doctors are simply doing a test for respiratory illness and fever, and linking that with recent travel to diagnose coronavirus. Seems like a lot of folks might just have the regular flu or pneumonia but get included in the coronavirus statistics instead.

PPS:  What about the effects of 5G—the next generation mobile communication networks that telecommunication companies are installing in major cities?  Could this be causing coronavirus?  5G negatively affects oxygen levels in the blood and depresses the immune system, so exposure to 5G could definitely make you more susceptible to illness, especially to respiratory illness. Try to avoid exposure as much as possible and to those for whom exposure is unavoidable, the immune-strengthening recommendations listed above offer critical protection.

PPPS: Coronavirus vaccine anyone?  Naturally a vaccine is in the works, and it will be fast tracked with little safety testing.  The Chinese developed a SARS vaccine but when they gave it to baboons, they dropped dead after exposure to the coronavirus while the unvaccinated baboons survived. One study has indicated that those who get the flu vaccine are more susceptible to coronavirus [Clinical Infectious Diseases (2012 Jun 15; 54(12): 1778–1783].  So, as always, vaccines are not the answer. Just drink raw milk and eat delicious pate and caviar instead.

Author: Sally Fallon Morell

Sally Fallon Morell is best known as the author of Nourishing Traditions®: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels.

69 thoughts on “How To Protect Yourself From Coronavirus (Or Any Virus)”

  1. Dear Sally, although I am a big supporter of the WAPF diet and honor all what you’ve built up, I am disappointed from what you write in the intro to this article – that the lethality is just 2% and that it’s just the elderly. We must not forget, that those 2% were among the people who were treated in Chinese high tech hospitals, many of them hooked on to ECMOs. To give a perspective, the country of Ireland has a population of 5 million people and exactly 7 ECMO machines. In Italy, a 38y old man needed to spend 20 days hooked on to a ECMO to recover.
    The tragedy that is heading towards us is putting an incredible strain on health workers and I find it sad to downplay it like this. Of course, we can think that it’s each insividual’s fault to be eating immune suppressing processed food, but I believe that even the healthiest real food eating nurse will experience an immense strain on her immune system if faced with an neverending influx of suffocating patients, no sufficient equipment (and not even sufficient amount of beds), 16 hour shifts etc.

    1. Plenty of nurses don’t get coronavirus, even when exposed. (And I do appreciate the strain on health workers.) Yes, it can be quite serious when someone gets this disease, but we need to put this into perspective. Twenty times more people die of flu each day, forty times more die of pneumonia and fifty times more die of TB. For coronavirus and all of these diseases, for the general public and for health workers, the only real protection is a good immune system.
      Best, Sally

      1. “Twenty times more people die of flu each day”… really? 2,000 a day die in the US from COVID-19. So you think 40,000 people in the US die from the flu each day? Wow.

        1. I think that comment Sally made about “Twenty times more people die of flu each day” was for about a month ago, also the graph above is outdated too. I don’t think any of these figures can be used now. It was kind of hopeful to make such comparisons I suppose but now it is just heartbreaking.
          Excellent dietary recommendations though. Thank you for your work Sally.

        2. You need to go on the CDC web site and look at the number of people who died in 2018 from the flu. 80,000 people in the US. Worse flu season since 1968. What seems strange is that we never heard how bad it was. We didn’t have to wear masks and quarantine or shut down the whole country. 🤔

          1. CORRECTION::: 100,000 Americans died of flu in 2018. That number changed in June of 2020. CDC does not explain how they reanimated 20,000 corpses.but I’m sure it had nothing to do with the fact that by June 2020 it was standing out like a real sore thumb, since their phony inflated COVID-1984 death counts had not quite reached that milestone…

    2. My wife works in a big hospital here in the west of Ireland-said work has never been better- reduced patients=less stress.
      Apparently they have 2 people in icu which is fairly normal and a few “suspected” cases of the dreaded lurgy but nothing extreme. She said as usual their are a few fear mongers including the bloody trolley pusher on one of the wards-but thats the thing most bothering her.

  2. Thank you *so* much for this; extremely helpful! The only thing I would mention, is that when we make a declaration about the relative number of COVID-19 cases in comparison to other conditions, I feel like it is not really the major point. I’m here in the Bay Area, for an example; and the fact that there are 108 (or whatever) cases now (according to whatever inaccurate number that is, of course), is not the issue. The issue is the epidemiological doubling factor in a population, projecting forward, based on some statistical projection, that I do think we have to at least consider. So a realistic chart would have to compare other conditions against some *projected* range of cases, wouldn’t it?

  3. I went on a mission trip to South Korea last year. We stayed with a host family. They cooked for us almost every meal. The main items in every meal in some way: kimchi (fermented veggies), ox bone soup, cod, eggs, pig, cow, and everything is cooked in butter. Based on your logic, they should have incredibly strong immune systems to fight off the coronavirus. Why are they having the worst time coping with it? Or are their other factors to take into consideration? Or am I missing something? Thanks!

      1. Everyone in the family tested positive for it. 2 had symptoms. 2 had no symptoms. I guess you can have it and not know it. They made comments on how the meals they made for us were ones you would find in any household in Korea.

    1. haha Koreans do not eat or cook with butter or use much dairy if at all. Nor do they buy organic meats to cook with. They also use refined sugar, wheat and soy in their cooking. Along with other allergens.

    1. There was something in the Washington Post this morning, that the tests for coronavirus they were using weren’t working. According to this report, they only got “good” tests about a week ago. So if the tests weren’t working (48% false positives), it is highly likely that people who just had the flu were lumped in with coronavirus. The point is, we don’t have good accurate numbers about how many people have or had coronavirus. Fortunately, the foods to strengthen the immune system work for all illnesses.
      Best, Sally


      The coronavirus panic is just that, an irrational panic, based on an unproven RNA test, that has never been connected to a virus. And which won’t be connected to a virus unless the virus is purified. Furthermore, even if the test can detect a novel virus the presence of a virus is not proof that it is the cause of the severe symptoms that some people who test positive experience (but not all who test positive). Finally, even if the test can detect a virus, and it is dangerous, we do not know what the rate of false positives is. And even a 1% false positive rate could produce 100,000 false positive results just in a city the size of Wuhan and could mean that a significant fraction of the positive test results being found are false positives.

      The use of powerful drugs because doctors are convinced that they have a particularly potent virus on their hands, especially in older people, with pre-existing health conditions, is likely to lead to many deaths. As with SARS.

      There is very little science happening. There is a rush to explain everything that is happening in a way that does not question the viral paradigm, does not question the meaningfulness of test results, and that promotes the use of untested antiviral drugs. And, given enough time there will be a vaccine developed and, for some of the traumatized countries, it may become mandatory, even if developed after the epidemic has disappeared, so that proving that it reduces the risk of developing a positive test will be impossible.

      1. I believe what you are saying 100% Why don’t you try to go public with your opinion. Maybe some people will think it’s nonsense, Maybe it will get others thinking. I would be happy to try to get you involved with the media.

    3. Shouldn’t we know exactly how covid is developed in the body to then know how to better protect oneself? What’s the cause?

  4. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert says COVID-19 could be 10 to 20 times worse than the common flu. That pressure it will have on our health system could lead to many more death. Agree that we should build up our immune system, but measures like social distancing and paying attention to handwashing sound like the right thing to do in these times.

    1. We need to pay attention to effective hand washing every single day. I am glad it is at least being promoted in the media but feel it is being overshadowed by all the fear going around. This simple but historically and scientifically proven action is getting lost in the narrative.

  5. I Love This Article, Sally!

    Here’s an additional presentation:

    “Whether you believe germs cause disease (they don’t) or not, let’s look at the reality of this situation. Here are the numbers. At this point 1700 people die a day from the common flu. 3000+ people die a day from malaria. In the United States alone 500+ people die a day from physicians malpractice. This is by the AMAs own estimates.

    To date 5800+ have died from supposedly the coronavirus. Almost twice as many people have died in one week from the common flu and more people have died in 2 days from malaria than this so called virus. Even the CDC who job seems to be to encourage fear says people are overreacting. Somewhere I bet even Pasteur is rolling over in his grave from embarrassment at what he created.

    So why are people panicking. Obviously the media is fueling the fire however when we look at the reality there is no need to panic. Even if this was a dangerous situation it would not be able to harm healthy people.

    To prevent disease we need to create health.
    Bacteria and viruses are there to clean our terrain. In essence they are there to help us. If our terrain or inner soil is healthy than we do not need excess bacteria or viruses to help. I don’t believe that germs cause disease and the germ theory of disease has proven to be a failure. Even Pasteur admitted he was wrong. The problem is people are controlled by fear. Fear puts us in sympathetic mode which is ‘fight or flight.’ The body cannot heal in sympathetic mode. We heal in parasympathetic which is ‘rest and recuperate.’

    Our job is to educate people and ourselves on how the body actually works by showing you your own inner terrain. Once we understand that it is about balance and symbiosis then we cannot be ruled by the fear that we are being attacked by germs and viruses. It’s time for common sense to take over so that we can take control of our own well-being. …

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  6. Hi Sally, thanks for this information. Is raw cream just as beneficial to building a strong immune system or is raw milk preferred?

  7. Is there any information coming from WAPF Chapters in Italy? How are their people faring? Thank you.

  8. This article forgets the fact that this is a new virus and has yet to speed across the whole world. If it is allowed to spred across the world the deaths per day will be much higher than flu. Once every city and every country are experiencing this virus like China and Italy have the deaths per day will be much higher. Flu is already in every corner if the world and has been for many years so most of us have some level of immunity to flu. No one has any immunity to this virus.

    1. Thats total non-sense. People with strong immunity will not fall ill. Only your immune system will protect you from it. Why do you think in the times of Cholera half the village died the other half didnt get sick?? It wasnt a coincidence. It came down to their immune system. Also, if you caught flues before, your body developed antibodies agaist other flu strains and it will be easier for it to tackle the new virus strain.

    2. They isn’t new. The corona virus has been around. But bottom line, a virus is a virus… meaning, a strong immune system will always be the best defense.

      1. I’m confused. There has never been an isolated corona virus found. So no this is not a virus, and I thought you were informed of this through your book with Tom Cowan. This seems like a contradiction.

  9. Hello, Sally
    I just watched your interview on building our immune system. I wonder why there was no mention of zinc zinc has been shown to reduce the effects of a virus such as the flu, and no mention of antioxidants that we can get from dark skinned fruits such as elderberries and green tea?

  10. This post feels dismissive of the toll this virus is taking around the world. I for one, do not want to risk passing this virus on to vulnerable and immuno-comrpomised populations around me. While I may have built up a strong immune system, not everyone has. Taking extreme measures is a community minded and selfless act. Not an action out of fear.

  11. I loved your book and have adopted many of your diet recommendations.
    But anti vax and its 5G not coronavirus? You are not helping us.

    1. You are not helping us by writing this. Go to and learn something that your doctors won’t tell you. Or listen to the vaccine conversion with doctor Bob.

  12. Hi,

    Does it matter which type of coconut oil to use? Like expeller or cold pressed, refined or unrefined?

    Thank you.

  13. Curious what your response is now sally with all the deaths going on. 600 people a day are dying in nyc alone. The world count must be in the thousands..

    Would love to hear your response to this and also your thoughts on social distancing and why hand washing isn’t a good idea? Why is it bad to not want to spread the disease more because our healthcare system can’t take it? And what’s your argument that if there was a vaccine for this we wouldn’t have this spreading?

    Genuinely curious. Thank you!!

  14. it would be good for you to amend this article which contains info which has since been proven wrong. People are dying by their thousands and many hundreds of thousands are grieving them and / or under immense pressure to care for the tens of thousands more who are ill with this. Please at least take out the ref that no child has died from it now that apparently healthy children have. Of course, a strong immune system is a great barrier to Covid-19, but not all of us have strong immune systems and, for some of us facing congenital issues for example, no amount of diet is going to change that.

  15. Hello Sally, thank you for your informative article.
    In regards to raw milk, how does a person who has had digestive problems for many years who has been told to not eat dairy due to intolerance, heal their gut to be able to eat dairy products and drink raw milk?
    When I was 18 a naturopath took me off dairy and gluten.
    I’m now 49 and have had serious gut disorders and chronic constipation over the years and after mercury removal from my mouth 8 yrs ago have been very sick and at times not able to eat. Toxicity in my body has nearly killed me.
    I’m going thru colonics atm and done periods of fasting.
    Thank you for your time taken to reply to my question.

    1. For the dairy, start very slowly with raw milk–just a tablespoon or two at room temperature the first day, and then slowly build up. If that doesn’t work, then make kefir out of raw milk.

      For the grains, if they are true sourdough or properly soaked, and eaten with lots of butter, you might be able to tolerate them.

      Best, Sally

      1. Sally, I find very intriguing to the fact that you take the time to answer comments about raw milk but not about the number of lives we are losing nowadays… still curious about your standing now… There has not been an update so far from this article a month ago, and a lot of science has emerged. Which is your opinion, now?

        1. Excactly! She has not answered ONE question concerning the status of of how many lives have been lost to this up to date. I think she spoke too soon and now realizes it.

          1. Actually, she’s had two follow-ups posts and I have no doubt another is coming soon. This is not the only post in her blog – if you go to the home page you will see many others. There are also links at the bottom for the previous/next article.

      2. My son was born with an intolerance to milk; he had no milk products for a whole year. The doctor then said to try a tiny bit of milk. One half teaspoon and he had severe diarrhea; it was all over the crib, the floor, the sheets. He did adjust to milk, but the process was challenging.

  16. Nobody is dying of heart attacks currently, or anything other than Coronavirus. The hospitals are being paid for every Coronavirus diagnosis and even more if it’s on the death certificate. The data used for all of these scare tactics are so flawed, nobody can make a truly informed decision about the real danger of the virus. Far better to have a strong immune system and voluntarily stay away from people if you don’t.

  17. Dear Sally,
    I read your blog post about “Is Coronavirus Contagious?” which I found to be very interesting. It seems to indicate a viewpoint that the virus is not even a virus at all but an exosome. In this blog however you are acknowledging the existence of a virus making people sick. Can you please explain what your viewpoint is? Do you believe that it is or is not a contagious virus causing the COVID19 illness?

  18. Sally –
    Is it time to let the children play yet? In the sunshine? In the ocean? Now that it’s mid-May…..can we let the children play?

  19. The only thing that scares the most the people is the fear mongering of the mainstream media. Spreading lies about a fake deadly and highly contagious virus! That’s why they locked us down, wear a mask and social distancing BS! These are all nonsense! 5G role out throughout the world is the real pandemic but not from a fake virus!

  20. Hi, please could you elaborate why here you say the viruses exist but in the book with Cowan you say the contrary. I dont understand. If exist it is contagious. If dont, dont.

  21. This article could use some revisions now that daily deaths have been 10k plus worldwide. I appreciate the emphasis on creating wellness as the best defense against all disease, but just because someone isn’t in the “pink of health” doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about their life. I think mask-wearing is well established by now as a great preventative measure, so I find it a bit irresponsible that that article is still up saying: “Remember that viruses are extremely tiny, so wearing a mask is like building a chain link fence to keep out mice.” I would really consider revising this article with more accurate information. Thank you!

  22. I ha ve to admit to being confused by this article. There is NO VIRUS, so how is anyone talking of viruses. Stephan Lanka has proven there are no viruses. I have read many who say the same, including Tom Cowan, Can you explain how you say there is a coronavirus and an immune sytem? I have believe that there are no viruses, and that what we have called a virus is just a set of symptoms that can be observed from a body detoxifying from some toxin or poison or stress related effects. Is there an Immune System, so to speak. Isn’t it just HEALTH that helps us keep illness at bay. People have NOT been dying of a fake ‘virus’ called covid.There is no way to test for a virus, covid or otherwise. Doctors in hospitals have been making up the numbers, and relabelling other causes of death as covid. There is no actual documented or physical proof that there is a pathogen called sarsCov2 that causes any illness. There is no transmission. Didn’t you co write a book called The Contagion Myth? I hope you can clarify what you mean by virus and immune system. Thank you Cathy.

    1. Hi Cathy,

      I wrote this article in early 2020, before I had become more informed, and before I had read Invisible Rainbow. Yes, it seems very contradictory to what I wrote later and perhaps we should take it down. I am working on an article on what to do if you get the illness called Covid.
      Best, Sally

    2. Agree! Happy to see her response because no there is NO virus, and anyone with the knowledge and understanding of the proof behinds this that reaffirms the virus message unfortunately can not be trusted.

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