The role of nutrition in the covid-19 pandemic

Maria Chiara Mentella, Franco Scaldaferri, Antonio Gasbarrini, Giacinto Abele Donato Miggiano

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SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the COVID-19 disease, is posing unprecedent challenges. In the literature, increasing evidence highlights how malnutrition negatively affects the immune system functionality, impairing protection from infections. The current review aims to summarize the complex relationship between SARS-CoV-2 infection and nutritional status and the effects of malnutrition in terms of disease severity, patients’ recovery time, incidence of complications and mortality rate. Current studies evaluating the possibility of modulating nutrition and supplemen-tation in combination with pharmacological treatments in the clinical setting to prevent, support, and overcome infection are also described. The discussion of the most recent pertinent literature aims to lay the foundations for making reasonable assumptions and evaluations for a nutritional “best practice” against COVID-19 pandemic and for the definition of sound cost-effective strategies to assist healthcare systems in managing patients and individuals in their recovery from COVID-19.
Lingua originaleEnglish
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Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutrients deficiencies
  • Nutritional status
  • Obesity
  • Older adults
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Undernutrition


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