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More Vitamin D, less risk to Coronavirus?

A Study reveals that the vast majority of Vitamin D deficient patients admitted to hospitals for COVID-19 treatment succumbed to respiratory disease. Additionally, patients with pre-existing conditions, men and the elderly were found to be uniquely aided and debilitated by Vitamin D levels during the recovery process.
 
When the researchers adjusted for factors like age, sex, and comorbidity, Vitamin D status remained a strong indicator of  COVID-19 related mortality. “This study focused on identifying patterns of mortality among patients infected with COVID-19 and the possible association between serum 25(OH)D [vitamin D] levels and mortality outcomes,” Social Science Research Paper said. 
 
“Randomized controlled trials are warranted to investigate the role of vitamin D supplementation on COVID-19 outcomes and to establish the underlying mechanisms,” it stated. 
 
The Vitamin D insufficient participants involved in the new cohort study increased their odds of succumbing to COVID-19 by a factor of 13 while the vitamin D deficient patients increased this odd by a factor of 19. Therefore, it is very important to have sufficient Vitamin D levels to be immune to the Coronavirus. 
 
For a healthy individual, nearly 2000 to 2500 IU of Vitamin D is produced per day by the body after exposure to the sun under optimal conditions. A person living in lockdown for 40+ days means, he/she is experiencing a deficit of nearly 100k IU while 60 days means a deficit of around 150k IU. 
 
Both these numbers indicate a weak immune system. In some sections of the population, there is an added effect of alcohol intake which further depletes Vitamin D levels. 
 
Having adequate Vitamin D level is associated with a better clinical course and outcomes. This translates into a lesser burden on healthcare systems – a lower need for ICUs and ventilators.
 
Great Vitamin D sources include:
 
  • Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • Orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks
 
Additionally, a healthy practice at home of going out in the “Sun for 10 minutes around 10 AM” is strongly advised, alternatively, a good level of supplementation is needed. 

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