Scientists Find Link Between Vitamin Deficiency and COVID Deaths

By Victor Tangermann – Re-Blogged From Futurism

“The most vulnerable group of population for Covid-19 is also the one that has the most deficit in vitamin D.”

A team of researchers at the University of East Anglia, England have found links between low levels of vitamin D and COVID-19 mortality rates across Europe, Science Alert reports.

“We believe, that we can advise Vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2 infection,” concludes the yet-to-be-peer-reviewed paper. “The most vulnerable group of population for COVID-19 is also the one that has the most deficit in vitamin D.”

The research, as detailed in a preprint study uploaded to archive Research Square last month, found that levels of vitamin D among citizens of 20 countries in Europe “was strongly associated” with the mortality rates caused by COVID-19.

It’s important to note, though, that correlation does not mean causation. It’s simply far too early to tell if there is a causal link and if raising vitamin D levels could help people recover from the deadly virus. Simply put, it’s probably too early for health practitioners to recommend vitamin supplements.

Nonetheless, demand for vitamin C and D has soared during the outbreak. Analysts however believe it’s because the vast majority of people have been quarantining indoors with limited access to immunity-boosting sunlight.

But previous research could help underline an important link between the two. Previous studies have shown that raising vitamin D levels, if deficient, can reduce the risk of other common respiratory infections including influenza and tuberculosis, Science Alert points out.

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is recommending people to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day “because you may not be getting enough vitamin D from sunlight if you’re indoors most of the day,” according to the service’s website.

“There have been some news reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus,” an NHS update on the coronavirus reads. “However, there is no evidence that this is the case.”

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Quarantines May Backfire

The mistaken presumption that a person “catches a cold” from someone else, or a flu virus, or a coronavirus, is the basis for calling a quarantine.

The fallacy of person-to-person transmission is ingrained in the population as news reports of vacationers trapped in China during a coronavirus are flown back to the US and are found to have COVID-19 corona virus that may spread to their family members.  But COVID-19 is not spreading into the community.  Online maps showing the almost stagnant number of coronavirus-confirmed cases in each State are rapidly vanishing from view on the internet.

There is person-to-person transmission of the virus, but not necessarily person-to-person transmission of the disease.  To better explain this, we have to dig back into the annals of epidemiology (the study of disease).

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8 Health Hazards Caused by Lack of Vitamin D

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Our bodies need vitamin D for many health benefits but in the cold winter months it may be hard to get enough of this hormone that’s created when your skin is exposed to sunlight.

Without sufficient amounts of vitamin D, you could develop serious heart conditions and weakened bones. Children who have a vitamin D deficiency are at higher risk for developing rickets, a condition where their bones become soft and weak.

The Mayo Clinic recommends 400 international units or I.U.’s daily for children up to one year old, 600 I.U’s for those from one to 70 years of age and 800 I.U’s for folks over 70.