COVID-19 is an infectious disease that has affected more severely older age groups, black and minority ethnic groups, those with other health conditions, and deprived populations. Because of this, it makes health inequalities worse.
Currently there is increasing evidence documenting a growing number of people experiencing prolonged symptoms as well.
Older people, in particular, are more likely to have other long-term conditions, and they are also more likely to have a greater risk of malnourishment, making nutrition and diet a very important aspect of recovery. However, anyone may benefit from improving their diet to help recover from COVID-19.
The UK has defined three COVID-19 disease stages:
- Acute COVID-19: The first four weeks since symptoms begin (regardless of testing type).
- Ongoing symptomatic COVID-19: 4–12 weeks after symptoms began.
- Post COVID-19 syndrome: More than 12 weeks after symptoms began.
This knowledge hub provides information on nutritional care for the recovery from COVID-19.
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