Information for professionals supporting people recovering from COVID-19

Providing dietary and nutritional support for COVID-19 recovery

Welcome to the section of the Nutrition and COVID-19 recovery knowledge hub designed for those working with people recovering from COVID-19 infection.

This includes all health and social care professionals and people working in the third sector (voluntary and community organisations, charities, self-help and community groups, social enterprises etc.).

If you work in any of these roles you may be in a position to notice nutritional problems and be a trusted source of information. 

This site will help you provide appropriate advice, understand when you should seek further advice from a dietician or other registered nutritional expert, and provide tools to help you deliver high quality nutritional care. You can also signpost your clients to the pages designed for the public.

There are still many gaps in research on dietary advice, nutritional supplements, nutrition support, phytomedicine (herbal medicine), food insecurity (disruption of food intake or eating patterns due to lack of money and other resources) (1), quarantine-related behaviour and weight changes (2).

Long-term nutritional effects of COVID-19 are generally unknown and need to be studied in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Please choose from one of the sections below for further information.

 

Identification

  • Information on identifying who needs nutritional care

Assessment

  • Information on assessing nutritional needs and setting realistic goals

Advice

  • Information on first-line and more advanced dietary advice

Monitoring

  • Information on monitoring nutritional status and dietary change

Symptoms

  • Information on managing symptoms linked to nutrition

Challenges

  • Information on operational challenges for delivering nutritional care

References

(1) Gundersen C, Ziliak JP. Food Insecurity And Health Outcomes. Health Affairs. 2015 Nov 1;34(11):1830–9.

(2) Mechanick JI, Carbone S, Dickerson RN, Hernandez BJD, Hurt RT, Irving SY, et al. Clinical Nutrition Research and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Scoping Review of the ASPEN COVID-19 Task Force on Nutrition Research. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2021 Jan;45(1):13–31.