COVID-19 Thread 5/2/2020 (Study Finds Correlation Between Vitamin D Levels and Deaths)

A United Kingdom study by researchers from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Trust and the University of East Anglia has found that there is a correlation between low levels of vitamin D and mortality rates in COVID-19 patients in some European countries.

The researchers looked at vitamin D levels of people living in 20 European countries and correlated them with the rates of death from COVID-19 in those countries. They state: “Vitamin D levels are severely low in the aging population especially in Spain, Italy and Switzerland. This is also the most vulnerable group of population for COVID-19.”

A preliminary report has been published here:

https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-21211/v1

Here is the abstract of the paper:

Background/Aims: WHO declared SARS-Cov-2 a global pandemic. The aims of this paper are to assess if there is any association between mean levels of vitamin D in various countries and cases respectively mortality caused by COVID-19.

Methods: We have identified the mean levels of vitamin D for 20 Europeans Countries for which we have also got the data regarding the morbidity and mortality caused by COVID-19.

Results: The mean level of vitamin D (average 56mmol/L, STDEV 10.61) in each country was strongly associated with the number of cases/1M (mean 295.95, STDEV 298.73 p=0.004, respectively with the mortality/1M (mean 5.96, STDEV 15.13, p < 0.00001).

Discussion: Vitamin D levels are severely low in the aging population especially in Spain, Italy and Switzerland. This is also the most vulnerable group of population for COVID-19.

Conclusions: We believe, that we can advise Vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2 infection.

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