Matt Hancock, UK’s Health Secretary, has urged people to take Vitamin D supplements as a way of offering resilience to the effects of Covid-19, although there had previously been a policy dismissing its effectiveness.
Following a campaign by Dr. Rupa Huq, Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton, and David Davis, Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, the Government have made a u-turn on their advice and are encouraging people to take Vitamin D especially during the winter months.
There is also a clinical trial being undertaken by the Queen Mary University (QMU) of London, CORONAVIT, to investigate whether Vitamin D can protect people from Covid-19. There will be over 5,000 participants over six months using a ‘test and treat’ system to see if vitamin D reduces the risk of Covid-19 and other lung conditions.
The system is run from participants’ homes with tests and supplements sent via post. The test involves a finger prick vitamin D test which is sent off to an NHS lab to process. Any participants with low levels of Vitamin D are given a 6 months’ supply of 800 or 3200 IU to be taken daily. Incidents of respiratory infection will then be tracked to see if the vitamin D has had any affect on the risk and severity of infection.
It could be ground-breaking should the vitamin prove to be effective against Covid-19 as Dr David Joliffe from the Blizzard Institute and Institute of Population Health Services at QMU, stated, “Vitamin D supplements are low in cost, low in risk and widely accessible; if proven effective, they could significantly aid in our global fight against the virus.”
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