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Scientists conclude Vitamin-D deficiency correlates with Covid-19 deaths

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

Scientists have found the number of deaths from Covid-19 were lower among those countries who had higher vitamin D levels.

Surprisingly countries such as Spain and Italy, which had high COVID-19 death rates, both suffer from high rates of vitamin D deficiency, despite their lower latitude positioning and increased exposure to sunlight.

Lower infection and mortality rates were recorded in Norway, Finland and Denmark, which actually have higher vitamin D levels because supplementation and fortification of foods in those countries are more common.

The researchers say the association between vitamin D and COVID-19 deaths rates are “statistically significant”.

Some people are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency including:

  • People with naturally darker skin. This is because the pigment (melanin) in dark skin doesn't absorb as much UV radiation.

  • People who avoid the sun due to previous skin cancers, immune suppression or sensitive skin and those who have limited sun exposure, such as night-shift workers.

  • People who wear covering or concealing clothing.

  • People who spend a long time indoors, such as those who are housebound or institutionalised.

  • People who are obese or have disabilities, diseases or medications that affect vitamin D metabolism, including, end stage liver disease, renal disease and fat malabsorption syndromes such as cystic fibrosis, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease.

  • Breast-fed babies of vitamin D deficient mothers (formula milk is fortified with vitamin D).

People who may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency should talk to their doctor for advice and request a blood test.

For people with vitamin D deficiency can take a vitamin D injection for an instant fix. Vitamin D injections results in a higher rate of absorption and retention with faster and effective results.

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