Health Care shares with you this press article showing the link between Vitamin D and COVID-19
COVID-19: Low vitamin D levels could make you more vulnerable, preliminary study finds
Countries with low vitamin D levels would be hardest hit by the epidemic.
Why is it so important ?
Vitamin D is one of the most studied natural substances for preventing respiratory infections Since the observations made in the 1970s on the seasonality of influenza and the common cold, with fewer infections in summer (hot, more humid air) than in winter (cold, dry air). It is therefore natural that several teams are interested in the relationship between vitamin D status and the risk of infection and complication by SARS-CoV-2.
A preliminary study provides new evidence that suggests low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of death after contracting the coronavirus.
What the study found
The study looked for an association between average vitamin D levels and rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality in 20 European countries.
The study is based on pre-existing data regarding vitamin D levels in Europe, including a study from 2019.
The study found that countries with low vitamin D levels are also those with the highest COVID-19 mortality and infection rates.
The authors conclude: “We believe that we can advise vitamin D supplementation to protect against infection with SARS-CoV2. “
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