COVID-19 patients who get enough vitamin D are 52% less likely to die of the infection, study finds, by Natalie Rahhal

Better late than never, but in the alternative media there have been articles about vitamin D and the coronavirus for almost six months. From dailymail.co.uk:

  • Boston University researchers found that COVID019 patients with ‘sufficient’ levels  of vitamin D wer about 52 percent less likely to die after hospitalization
  • Rates of severe illness were about 13 percent lower in vitamin D-sufficient patients and intubation was  46% less common  
  • Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the immune system’s ability to fight infection and keep inflammation – which kills many COVID-19 patients – in check 
  • About 42 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient, with higher rates among elderly Americans and people of color
  • Black, Hispanic and elderly people are also among the hardest hit by coronavirus 

People who get enough vitamin D are at a 52 percent lower risk of dying of COVID-19 than people who are deficient for the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ new research reveals.

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the immune system and may combat inflammation. These features may make it a key player in the body’s fight against coronavirus.

Rates of vitamin D deficiency are also higher in some of the same groups who have been hardest hit by coronavirus: people of color and  elderly people. It’s by no means a causal link, but suggests that vitamin D could play a role in who gets COVI-19, who gets sickest from it, and who is spared altogether.

 

4 responses to “COVID-19 patients who get enough vitamin D are 52% less likely to die of the infection, study finds, by Natalie Rahhal

  1. My brother-in-law, a life-long athlete in his eighties and recovered from cancer fully exploited his exercise hour by going on long walks and spent most of the rest of the time in the garden. He also took Vit D. The rest of us are wilting and gained weight. He might be the healthiest one in the family.

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