Research Confirms Lack of Vitamin D Is Almost Certain To Increase The Risk Of Fatality In COVID 19
99% of patients who died of COVID-19 were reported to have been vitamin D deficient. As per a new study, there is evidence that has declared vitamin D also known as the ‘sunshine’ nutrient to be a coronavirus lifesaver.
1COVID-19 deaths are linked to vitamin D deficiency
According to Indonesian researchers who analyzed the hospital records of 780 people who had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, there was something similar in most patients. Around 98.9% of the infected patients were deficient in vitamin D.
Those who were dangerously lacking in this vital nutrient and were below the 20ng/ml mark died. However, the researchers did warn that the study wasn’t definitive. This was due to the fact that patients with high vitamin D levels were mostly young and generally healthy.
2Vitamin D as a potential coronavirus lifesaver
Health chiefs have ever since been reviewing the use of vitamin D as a potential coronavirus lifesaver. Several studies have even suggested that those COVID-19 patients who are vitamin D deficit are far more likely to die than those who aren’t.
Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge carried out a study in which they found that European countries with lower vitamin D levels had a greater number of pandemic casualties.
3The evidence is being reviewed by larger medical and scientific organizations
A ‘rapid evidence review’ is being conducted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Its publication is to be expected as early as the following week. Unlike most COVID-19 researches and studies, the Indonesian study wasn’t associated with experts from any university.
The study involved five researchers who were led by Prabowo Raharusuna and were all listed as an independent. Moreover, the details of their scientific backgrounds were not provided in the paper. Fellow scientists still have to peer-review this research which was published in April, as this process helps in uncovering any flaws in studies.