Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England, have discovered a strong link between coronavirus mortality rates and vitamin D deficiency. Researchers say the most vulnerable group to the virus is those who are deficient in vitamin D.
Scientists from all over the world have been working on the treatment of new types of coronavirus, which have transmitted to more than 3 million people since December 2019. As these studies on the treatment of the virus continue, researchers from the University of East Anglia in the UK have reported a dramatic improvement in coronavirus-related mortality.
Speaking about the findings of the study conducted at the university in Norwich, England, the research team says there is a link between low vitamin D levels in Europe and COVID-19 mortality rates. At this point, the team thinks that the most vulnerable group against COVID-19 is people who are deficient in vitamin D.
‘Too early to speak for sure’
Throughout the study, vitamin D levels and coronavirus mortality rates were compared between the citizens of 20 different countries in Europe and a strong relationship was found between the two. Nonetheless, the researchers say it is too early to say that increasing vitamin D levels lowers the mortality rate of the virus, underlining that correlation does not mean causation.
In other words, it can be said too early to recommend vitamin supplements for healthcare professionals or people. Nevertheless, previous research has shown that if elevated vitamin D levels are elevated, other common respiratory infection risks, including flu and tuberculosis, can be reduced.
The demand for vitamin D and C supplements has increased:
During the epidemic, the demand for vitamin C and D supplements has increased considerably. Analysts, who are investigating what can cause this increase, think that people can see limited sunlight in their homes during quarantine days, so they cannot get enough vitamin D and meet this deficiency through supplements.
At this point, the UK National Health Service (NHS) recommends people take 10 micrograms of vitamin D daily from its official website. The reason for this, just as we mentioned above, is that people cannot get enough vitamin D from sunlight during these quarantine days when they close their homes.