Understanding general health symptoms during your COVID-19 recovery

Discover nutritional information and resources to help understand and improve your general health symptoms related to COVID-19

General health symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Exhaustion after physical activity such as walking
  • Excessive tiredness after performing physical activity
  • Muscle and weight loss
  • Low energy or tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Pain, headaches, chest tightness
  • Fatigue

What does it have to do with my nutrition and diet?

  • Pain and fatigue may prevent you from eating the amount or types of food that you need.
  • Decreased activity endurance may put you off exercising, which in turn may increase your risk of chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity.
  • Not eating enough or eating a diet with limited variety may result in low energy, trouble sleeping, and other symptoms.


The British Dietetic Association Critical Care Specialist group provides eating recommendations after critical illness – Nutrition at Home after Critical Illness [PDF]. This can be useful for:

  • regaining muscle strength
  • ideas for recipes for heart problems, diabetes or healthy diets
  • starting physical activity.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists provides information on:

The Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust provide ideas for energy saving when planning meals:

The Swansea Bay University Health Board has a Covid and Long Covid recovery – therapy information pack which provides ideas for:

  • fatigue management
  • moving and exercise.

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