According to the Times of Israel, a study of COVID patients conducted by Galilee Hospital discovered that 26% of the people who died from the virus had a vitamin D deficiency, compared to only 3% for those who had acceptable levels of vitamin D.
In an interview with the Times, Dr. Amir Bashkin said:
“This is a very, very significant discrepancy, which represents a big clue that starting the disease with very low vitamin D leads to increased mortality and more severity.”
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin, as the sun converts cholesterol into vitamin D on contact with the skin.
In this study, the hospital looked at the records of COVID patients where the levels of vitamin D were recorded and found that half of the people had a vitamin D deficiency and this was happening in a country where there is lots of sun and moderate winters.
Of course, like many countries, the elderly who are most vulnerable to the virus often have little contact with the sun, particularly if they are confined to nursing homes.
There have been several studies around the world revealing that low levels of vitamin D seems to be a contributing factor to a person’s vulnerability to COVID.
A study reported in the following article found that patients in nursing homes had some of the lowest levels of vitamin D. READ: People with low levels of Vitamin D may be more likely to catch coronavirus and die from COVID-19 infection, study suggests
And compare that to these two stories: READ: Long-term care connected to 79 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Canada AND Pennsylvania Elder Care Crisis: Average Age COVID-19 Death Is 80, over 2/3 Deaths from Nursing Homes