Scientists in Israel said they have found some differences in chances of getting sick from Covid-19 when comparing patients who did and did not have sufficient levels of Vitamin-D before catching the virus.
In the study, they found that about half of the people classified as “Vitamin-D Deficient” before getting Covid-19 developed severe symptoms of the illness, whereas less than 10% of people who were deemed to have sufficient levels of Vitamin-D developed severe symptoms.
Dr. Amiel Dror, a study author and physician at the Galilee Medical Center, said, “We found it remarkable, and striking, to see the difference in the chances of becoming a severe patient when you are lacking in vitamin D compared to when you’re not.”
The study was based on 253 people admitted to Alilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Israel between 7 April 2020 and 4 February 2021. Even though this was before the Omicron wave, Dr. Dror said “This is equally relevant for Omicron as it was for previous variants.”
Other studies on the subject have not been conclusive as to whether or not Vitamin-D protects against severe symptoms of Covid-19. Researchers in Israel said, “It wasn’t clear – even from those studies with results showing a positive correlation between low vitamin D levels and severe COVID-19 – if depleted vitamin D came before or after people got sick.”
They continued to say that Vitamin-D is “one piece of the complex puzzle”. They continued, “Our study warrants further studies investigating if and when vitamin D supplementation among vitamin D deficient individuals in the community impacts the outcome of an eventual COVID-19 episode.”
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