At the time of this post, the death toll from Covid-19 has passed 100,000 in the United States. A vaccine, leave alone cure, is nowhere in sight. Currently, the only defense against the potentially deadly illness is to avoid catching the coronavirus or, more specifically SARS-CoV-2. But what is the link between vitamin D and coronavirus? Can the vitamin help prevent the disease? Back to this in a moment.
First, what is the difference between Coronavirus and Covid-19?
COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by the new coronavirus that is called SARS-CoV-2, or sometimes just “novel coronavirus”. Source: Healthcare, University of Utah
So, what is the link between vitamin D and Covid-19? Watch this video:
So, Can Vitamin D Really Help Prevent Coronavirus?
What one need understand is that vitamin D is not in and of itself a preventive treatment for Covid-19. The video above talks simply of a “possible link” between the vitamin D and the disease. Deaths from the disease have been noted among populations noted for low vitamin D levels including people of color, the elderly, and the obese.
Similarly, Covid-19 is linked to respiratory infection, and vitamin D deficiency too has been linked to risk of upper respiratory infection.
Now, unlike hydroxychloroquine that President Trump had hyped as a treatment for Covid-19, vitamin D is something you probably may want to take. Why?
Because vitamin D deficiency is surprisingly common in the United States. Also, deficiency of the vitamin is linked to a number of health conditions including depression, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, rickets in children, and autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, to name but a few.
Plus, vitamin D is safe when taken in right dose. Dosage can be tricky as you get vitamin D from sunlight, and the amount you get can differ at basically every hour any day, leave alone by season. It is therefore advisable to consult a healthcare professional before supplementing with vitamin D as well as keep intake within a safe dosage. According to Healthline, this is Consuming 400–800 IU (10–20 mcg).