01 Jun 2020

"The detection and management of malnutrition in patients with Covid-19 is of fundamental importance. Malnutrition is likely to be a common problem due to a wide range of reasons. These include: the physiological effects of the SARS-CoV-2 infection on the body; the effects of management strategies required (e.g. ventilation, NIV/CPAP), which vary depending on the severity of the illness; the many challenges that arise from such a pandemic, which can restrict physical access to patients by HCPs and carers due to infection control impacting the ability to identify and treat nutritional issues, and an impact on free living individuals ability to purchase food, exercise and socialise."