Vitamin D can help fight COVID-19
February 19, 2021
PHOENIX – Could an over the counter capsule be a key in fighting COVID-19? More doctors say yes, and they’re urging health professionals to help eliminate vitamin D deficiencies – especially in patients of color and others disproportionately affected by the disease.
“Patients, especially patients who are hospitalized for COVID-19, should be given vitamin D supplementation … and it should be fast and aggressive,” said Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, a psychiatrist in Westport, Connecticut, who is one of more than 200 scientists and doctors worldwide pushing for “immediate widespread increased vitamin D intakes.”
Last month, Thakkar joined Richard Carmona, former U.S. surgeon general and professor at the University of Arizona, and John Umhau, a preventive medicine physician, in writing a column urging providers to identify and eradicate vitamin D deficiency to help combat COVID-19, which has infected more than 27 million Americans and killed about 490,000.