People with Low Vitamin D Levels More Likely to Die From COVID-19, Study Finds

May 4, 2020

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A new study suggests that people with low vitamin D levels are more likely to die from coronavirus. Researchers at England's Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Trust compared average vitamin D levels in 20 European countries with COVID-19 mortality rate and found “significant relationships” between vitamin D levels and morbidity among coronavirus patients. “We believe that we can advise vitamin D supplementation to protect against SARS-CoV2 infection,” the researchers wrote. The New York Post notes that while the study has not been peer-reviewed, it does correlate with previous research that found healthy vitamin D levels lower the risk of respiratory infections. Another recent study found that people who took vitamin D supplements cut their risk of chest infections in half.