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COVID-19 and Nutrition
How to optimize nutrition especially for people with respiratory infections, chronic disease and the elderly

1.5 hours





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A high percentage of COVID-19 deaths worldwide are associated with one or more chronic conditions. It is also evident that older people are at a higher risk for severe illness with this pandemic. Nutrition is not a cure for COVID-19, but it is a modifiable contributor to the development of chronic disease, which is highly associated with COVID-19 severe illness and deaths. A well-balanced diet strengthens the immune system and reduces the risk of chronic disease and infectious diseases. It is clear in these challenging times that optimizing nutrition is important, not only for ourselves but also for every patient/client that we treat. Every physiotherapist should be aware of the benefits of healthy eating and be able to provide sound nutritional guidance to their patients, especially those with chronic disease. Having knowledge about nutritional interventions that may help prevent chronic conditions and their associated risks is now more important than ever.


This course aims to provide you with knowledge on how optimized nutrition can help during the COVID-19 pandemic, with respect to respiratory infections, the elderly and people with chronic disease.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • discuss the importance of a healthy diet with a patient with a chronic disease
  • explain the benefits of a healthy diet for older people
  • describe at least 5 nutritional interventions for viral infections
  • correctly identify the use of N-acetylcysteine in the treatment of respiratory infections COVID-19


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course is really useful because it gave me practical advice for treating my patients!
Denise Janin
This is a really helpful course, even for those of you who have studied nutrition. It puts things simply for you be able to pass on to your patients, without confusing them, but has the added info that you will need as a health professional. I enjoyed the course.
Physiotherapy Assistant
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