HOW WE CAN FIX THIS PANDEMIC IN A MONTH
Commentary by Damien Downing, MBBS, MRSB
(OMNS Oct 6, 2020) The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service has been publicizing the importance of vitamins D and C, and the minerals zinc and magnesium, in this pandemic since January . I have been writing about vitamin D and sunlight for over 30 years , and it has never been more relevant.
If you caught the COVID19 virus right now, having a good vitamin D status (from already having taken a supplement) would greatly reduce your risk of contracting the infection, of the disease becoming severe, and of dying. Vitamin D enhances innate immunity while reducing the severity of inflammatory responses and supporting antioxidant activity . Vitamin D deficiency correlates with risk of ARDS, sepsis and death from these . You can even get some protection from living somewhere sunny  – or better still somewhere where people generally have good vitamin D status, probably from dietary sources .
For countries in Europe, the probability of developing COVID-19, and of dying from it, is negatively correlated with mean population vitamin D status, with both probabilities reaching zero above about 75nmol/L, as clearly shown here . The chart is redrawn from the original data, and also shows, at the top, the significantly lower vitamin D levels for the elderly in Spain and Italy.
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