Vitamin D: COVID-19 Relief?

May 19, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 20, 2020

According to a feature in Medscape this week, mainstream media has been flooded with speculation on the role vitamin D may play in reducing the severity of a COVID-19 infection. Dr. Clifford Rosen, senior scientist at Maine Medical Center’s Research Institute in Scarborough, explains how having adequate vitamin D is important – especially for those at the highest risk of COVID-19. This is especially important during ‘lockdown’ scenarios, when people are spending more time than usual indoors. However, strong data supporting a role of vitamin D in prevention of COVID-19, or as any kind of ‘therapy’ for the infection, are currently lacking.

Dr. Rose Anne Kenny, professor of medical gerontology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, recently coauthored an article analyzing an inverse association between vitamin D levels and mortality from COVID-19 across countries in Europe. “At no stage are any of us saying this is a given, but there’s a probability that [vitamin D] — a low-hanging fruit — is a contributory factor and we can do something about it now,” she claimed.

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