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The nature of COVID-19 means dietitians often can’t physically examine a patient to determine if they’re suffering from malnutrition, a definite factor in how well patients can fight the virus.

Sodexo’s healthcare dietitians use nutrition in fight with coronavirus

Plus, Sodexo’s new nationwide patient menu and what dietitians in the field have learned about feeding COVID-19 patients.

The role of dietitian has expanded and accelerated in hospitals treating coronavirus patients, as malnutrition has been identified as a factor for “both susceptibility to the virus and increased morbidity,” according to Amanda Smith, VP marketing, patient nutrition for Sodexo Healthcare. This pushed dietitians to the front lines, even if in many cases they’re unable to meet with COVID-19 patients in person.

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