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COVID-19 Recovery Advice


The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Swallowing issues
  • General weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Poor appetite
  • Dry/sore mouth
  • Taste changes and smell

These can all affect your nutritional intake. Symptoms of the virus however vary from person to person.

Good hygiene practice and social distancing remain the best means of avoiding the infection. Please follow the latest advice from the government, the NHS and public health authorities.

While there is no individual food, nutrient, supplement or fluid alone that will prevent you from catching COVID-19, nutrition and hydration play an important part in recovery.

Eating a balanced diet with a range of nutrients, especially protein and staying hydrated are very important to support immune function and aid recovery.

If these problems continue, you can start losing weight or muscle unintentionally and this can then start to affect your health.  This is called malnutrition.

Non-urgent advice: Malnutrition

To assess your risk of malnutrition – use screening tools below:

For further information, also see our webinar on Malnutrition