Another study, this time by the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC), is confirming that vitamin D helps in the battle against the Coronavirus. The researchers found that low levels of vitamin D doubled a person’s risk of contracting the virus.
In its news release, UCMC reported:
The research team looked at 489 UChicago Medicine patients whose vitamin D level was measured within a year before being tested for COVID-19. Patients who had vitamin D deficiency (< 20ng/ml) that was not treated were almost twice as likely to test positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus compared to patients who had sufficient levels of the vitamin. […]
Half of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, with much higher rates seen in African Americans, Hispanics and individuals living in areas like Chicago where it is difficult to get enough sun exposure in winter.
In July, we reported how doctors in one of the largest slums in India, Dharvai, that was the basis of the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, used the controversial malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine to effectively stop an outbreak of Covid. But it is important to note that they used it in combination with vitamin D and Zinc. READ: This Indian slum contained a possible COVID-19 disaster with hydroxychloroquine
There have been several studies suggesting that vitamin D reduces a person’s vulnerability to COVID:
Testing revealed that people in nursing homes have extremely low levels of vitamin D compared to those who are not, because they are rarely outside. This may explain the high levels of Covid deaths in nursing homes. READ: People with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to catch coronavirus and die from COVID-19 infection, study suggests