1. Public Health Nutrition

The COVID-19 pandemic has had and continues to have major impact on public health. As our understanding of the virus has increased so has the research into how best to manage public health.

Sources of curated resources are available to support dietetic practice. NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health has collated a variety of COVID-19 Nutrition Resources (webinars, articles, blogs and publications) focused on prevention and treatment of COVID-19 (https://www.nnedpro.org.uk/covid-19nutrition-resources).

Type of information

Country/ Organisation

Details

 Evidence Guide

Systematic and transparent approach to development1 (low/med/high)

Ready for use in practice2 (yes/no)

Information source

 Level of evidence3

Review

UK

Nutrition, immunity and COVID-19

Low

No

Peer reviewed publications

III

Review

USA

Avoidance of vitamin D deficiency to slow the COVID-19 pandemic

Low

No

Peer reviewed publications

III

Article

Ireland

Optimisation of Vitamin D Status for Enhanced Immuno-protection against Covid-19; and also the summaries for the Healthcare Professionals and for the Public

Med

No

Peer review publication

III C

Position statement

Spain

Vitamin D supplementation during social estrangement by COVID-19: https://academianutricionydietetica.org/NOTICIAS/VitaminaD-COVID19.pdf

Low

Yes

Peer reviewed literature

IV

Position paper

Spain

Food and nutrition recommendations against the coronavirus crisis, with recommendations for healthy people who are in confinement, pregnant and nursing, people with mild symptomatology in COVID-19 and critical patients in ICU.

Spanish version – see here

Low

Yes

Varied includes peer review publications

IV

Advice

UK

Eating well during COVID-19 general healthy eating advice

Low

Yes

Unclear

V

Advice

UK

Public infographics for older persons health

Low

Yes

Unclear

V

Policy brief

FAO

Food system policy priorities and programmatic actions for healthy diets in the context of COVID-19

Low

No

Published grey literature

V

Advice

Hungary

Infographics for the general public - CoronaVirus Nutrition Guide 1, 2 and 3.

Low

Yes

Unclear

V

Guideline

Turkey

Recommendations on Nutrition and COVID-19 is a guideline  in Turkish and English

Low

Yes

Published grey literature

V

Guidance

WHO

Guidelines on healthy eating during quarantine: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/nutrition/news/news/2020/3/food-and-nutrition-during-self-quarantine-what-to-choose-and-how-to-eat-healthily

Low

Yes

Unclear

V

Recommendations

UN

Food environments in COVID-19 pandemic: impacts and positive actions to deliver sustainable healthy diets for all

Low

No

Unclear

V

Advice

Germany

FAQs of cancer patients about staying Home, food, etc during COVID-19.

https://www.was-essen-bei-krebs.de/2020/04/02/coronavirus-tipps-fuer-die-versorgung-und-die-zeit-zu-hause/

https://www.was-essen-bei-krebs.de/2020/04/02/coronavirus-tipps-fuer-die-versorgung-und-die-zeit-zu-hause/ 

Low

Yes

Grey literature

V

Advice

Portugal

National Programme for Healthy Eating and the General Directorate of Health developed materials in the area of Food and Nutrition to inform the population (healthy people who are in confinement, pregnant and older people (https://nutrimento.pt/activeapp/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Alimentac%CC%A7a%CC%83o-e-COVID-19.pdf), children (https://nutrimento.pt/activeapp/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Alimentac%CC%A7a%CC%83o-sauda%CC%81vel-on-em-casa.pdf)

Low

Yes

Unclear

V

Advice

EUFIC

COVID-19 package to inform people on the relation between food & the pandemic: Food & coronavirus: what you need to know?; 7 tips to keep healthy while in isolation or quarantine; 10 tips to eat healthy during isolation or quarantine

Low

Yes

Unclear

V

Advice

Greece

Nutrition and excercise recommendations  for the quarantine, proposed by the Greek Ministry of Health (General Secretary of Public Health,National Committee of  Nutrition Policy) with the title "Stay home, stay fit, eat healthy".

 

Low

Yes

Unclear

V

Advice

DG SANTE

Questions and Answers on COVID-19 and food safety.

Low

Yes

Peer reviewed and grey literature

V

Advice

Greece

The Hellenic Dietetic Association’s (HDA) Groups of Experts have developed an informative public campaign that aims to help people follow a healthy diet and to control potential overeating which could affect their body weight during the lockdown period resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Download the list of materials in Greek developed by HDA’s Expert Groups  here.

 

 

 

V

Advice

Hungary

Advice for healthy shopping and  eating during the pandemic

Low

Yes

Unclear

V

1 Systematic and transparent approach to development: low = no methods described; medium = short descriptions on methods, but we cannot replicate all steps and/or we are not sure that all evidence is retrieved; high = long and detailed description of methods and we have some certainty that all evidence is retrieved.

2Ready for use in practice: yes = the information is specific enough to guide the practice of dietitians; no = the information is more general and only informative

3Level of evidence: Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Evidence Level and Quality Guide.