These recommendations are for healthcare professionals providing care for people with ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 syndrome in primary care and community settings or in multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation services.
5.1.1 Give advice and information on self-management to people with ongoing symptomatic COVID‑19 or post‑COVID‑19 syndrome, starting from their holistic assessment. This should include:
- ways to self-manage their symptoms, such as setting realistic goals
- who to contact if they are worried about their symptoms or they need support with self‑management
- sources of advice and support, including support groups, social prescribing, online forums and apps
- how to get support from other services, including social care, housing and employment, and advice about financial support
- information about new or continuing symptoms of COVID-19 that the person can share with their family, carers and friends (see the section on common symptoms).
5.1.2 Explain that it is not known if over-the-counter vitamins and supplements are helpful, harmful or have no effect in the treatment of new or ongoing symptomatic COVID‑19 or post-COVID-19 syndrome.
5.1.3 Support people in discussions with their school, college or employer about returning to education or work, for example by having a phased return.
- For advice on returning to work, follow national guidance, for example NICE’s guideline on workplace health: long-term sickness absence and capability to work.