Understanding the symptoms of social and occupational effects during your COVID-19 recovery

Discover nutritional information and resources to help understand and improve the symptoms of social and occupational effects related to COVID-19

Social and occupational effects

Symptoms of social and occupational effects

  • Limited availability and accessibility of food for those who struggle to go to the shops
  • Lack of visits from family or friends to provide food, company and feeding assistance
  • Cancellation of social and lunch clubs
  • Low work productivity

What do these symptoms have to do with my diet?

  • Lack of variety in your diet may prevent you from receiving all nutrients that you need.
  • Changes in your social support networks may negatively influence your mood, what you feel like eating and what you can eat.
  • Not meeting your protein and vitamin requirements may make you feel tired at work.


Talk to your employer if you have concerns about your COVID-19 recovery affecting your ability to perform as you use to before the disease.

Age UK
Age UK offers strategies to encourage eating more and provides useful dietary tips. They can also offer to link you to services which may help you:
  • GPs
  • Dietitians
  • Adult Social Services
  • British Red Cross hospital discharge support
  • Internal Age UK L&S services (Information & Advice, Safe And Independent Living team, day centre clients etc)
  • Local Age UK branches and other local services
  • BlindAid
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Supported Housing Scheme staff
  • Housing Association staff
  • Mutual Aid Groups
  • GoodGym

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