Vitamin D and COVID-19 Risk

There’s new information on Vitamin D.  The first-ever study to examine the association between vitamin D status and testing positive for COVID-19 was just published in the esteemed medical journal JAMA!

Now that’s something to take seriously. Here’s what the study found…

  • The study looked at 489 patients who had been tested for vitamin D levels within the last year and were tested for COVID between March 3 and April 10 of 2020
  • 25% of the patients were categorized as “likely deficient” in vitamin D
  • 15% of the patients tested positive for COVID-19
  • In those who had sufficient vitamin D status, 12% tested positive for COVID
  • In those who were likely deficient in vitamin D, 22% tested positive for COVID

The bottom line was this. The risk of testing positive for COVID was significantly greater in those with likely deficient vitamin D status than in those with likely sufficient status.

Testing your vitamin D levels is as easy as a simple blood test. If your levels are low, you can boost your vitamin D production by spending more time with the sun on your skin. You can also take a supplement. Vitamin D is inexpensive and generally considered safe to supplement up to 4000 IU per day for adults.

Questions about vitamin D? Drop them below!

For more information about COVID-19, check out the CDC website for guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Meltzer DO, Best TJ, Zhang H, Vokes T, Arora V, Solway J. Association of Vitamin D Status and Other Clinical Characteristics With COVID-19 Test Results. JAMA Netw Open. 2020; 3. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2770157
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he takes vitamins C and vitamin D to lessen his susceptibility to infection! Here’s the info: https://www.insider.com/fauci-takes-recommends-vitamin-d-and-c-supplements-immunity-boost-2020-9