Does Vitamin D Deficiency Increase Risk Of COVID-19?

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding coronavirus, we explore the truth behind Vitamin D.

Does Vitamin D Deficiency Increase Risk Of COVID-19?
Does Vitamin D Deficiency Increase Risk Of COVID-19?

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has brought the world to a standstill. Borders have been closed, shopping malls shut and people have been forced to stay home if they want to stay safe.

With so much uncertainty around, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding the coronavirus as well, especially on social media platforms.

Recently, there were messages that stated Vitamin D deficiency leads to a higher likelihood of getting the virus. But how true is this statement?

To understand this we first need to know what Vitamin D deficiency is.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium and acts as a hormone. In the absence of an adequate amount of Vitamin D present in an individual’s body, the deficiency can lead to bone-related issues.

Some signs include: fatigue and tiredness, always falling sick, hair loss, bone and back pain or depression.

Coming back to the question, the answer is a simple yes.

Many researchers from different countries have found that the sickest patients of COVID-19 had one thing in common and that were their low levels of Vitamin D. Moreover, countries that reported the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths were countries with large number of people with Vitamin D deficiency.

This means ensuring that we are providing our body with enough Vitamin D during this crucial time becomes pertinent.

However, it is also important to note that no researchers have said that restoring Vitamin D levels help with treatment nor does having a healthy level of Vitamin D protect one from contracting the virus.

Having said that we also believe that it is better to be safe than sorry.

How To Boost Vitamin D Levels

The best source of Vitamin D is the sunlight. Exposing your skin to daylight everyday will help boost your Vitamin D levels. 

Others things you can consider are: eat fortified food like egg yolks, mushrooms, orange juice or increase intake of fatty fish and seafood.