According to a study conducted by Israel’s Bar Ilan University, people with a vitamin D deficiency are up to 14 times more likely to fall severely sick from COVID than those who are not deficient.
There have been several studies that showed people with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to COVID. However, many suggest that vitamin D levels can drop when you are sick, questioning whether the low vitamin D levels led to COVID or were caused by it.
The Daily Mail reports that the Israeli study sought to answer this question by studying the vitamin D levels of people two years prior to testing positive for COVID.
It found that people who were experiencing serious cases of COVID, had low levels of vitamin D prior to getting sick. In fact, it was so conclusive they were able to predict how sick a person would get by knowing their age and levels of vitamin D in their blood.
The Daily Mail explains:
They found people who were consistently deficient in the vitamin were up to 14 times more likely to suffer severe disease, even after adjusting for age and other underlying health woes. […]
They said the association was so strong they could predict Covid patient outcomes just by their age and vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is vital in helping the immune system respond properly to the virus, they said. But they could not prove higher vitamin D levels were the only factor behind better disease outcomes in Covid patients.
What always puzzled me is why weren’t governments also pushing vitamin D, in addition to things like masks that didn’t work?