A patient may fear that once a feeding tube is placed, they will never be able to eat solid food again. If the patient can eat by mouth safely, then they can eat food and supplement with the tube feeding.
Eating food will not cause damage to the tube, nor does having a feeding tube make it unsafe to eat.
Soelberg, MS, RD, LDN , Juliette. 5 Misconceptions about Feeding TUBES:Dietitians on Demand.Edited by Kimberly Brown, MS, RD/LD, 27 Apr. 2021, dietitiansondemand.com/top-5-questions-and-misconceptions-about-feeding-tubes/.
For enteral Covid-19 patients, feeding tube placement and aspiration are potential aerosol generating procedures.
Tip to decrease Covid-19 exposure due to aerosol generating procedures: Decrease exposure by quicker gastric tube placement rather than postpyloric placement.
Rimensberger, Peter C., et al. “Caring for Critically Ill Children with Suspected or Proven Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection: Recommendations by the Scientific Sections’ Collaborative of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care.” Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, vol. 22, no. 1, 2020, pp. 56–67., doi:10.1097/pcc.0000000000002599.