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Amid various Covid-related medical recommendations and requirements, an NHS official has one particular piece of advice: follow doctors’ advice, not Gwyneth Paltrow’s.

Paltrow, an actress and owner of lifestyle company ‘Goop’, recently revealed she had contracted Covid and is now suffering from the effects of “long Covid” – when symptoms last for a period of time after the infection itself has gone.

She said she had been left with “long-tail fatigue and brain fog” in a blog post on the Goop website.

As part of her recovery, the lifestyle guru said she has embarked on a “keto and plant-based” regime, with no sugar and alcohol, and takes infrared saunas. She said a “functional medicine practitioner” had recommended an “intuitive fasting” healing regime.

Professor Stephen Powis, the national medical director for the NHS in England, criticised this type of response on Wednesday, saying that “serious science” should be applied and that “influencers” have a responsibility to promote it.

“Like the virus, misinformation carries across borders and it mutates and it evolves,” he said.

“In the last few days I see Gwyneth Paltrow is unfortunately suffering from the effects of Covid. We wish her well, but some of the solutions she’s recommending are really not the solutions we’d recommend in the NHS,” he added.

Much is still not known about the long-term impacts of the virus, but Powis wouldn’t advise fasting.

This is not the first time Paltrow’s ‘lifestyle’ recommendations have raised eyebrows, and it’s not even the first time she has faced criticism from the NHS.

In January of last year, Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, criticised “dubious wellness products and dodgy procedures” that he claimed are available to Goop consumers.

Gwenyth can do what she likes, but it’s best to follow actual medical advice.

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