There has been lot of confusion about COVID-19, how it spreads, and how it kills people. But according to a new study from Northwestern University, there seems to be a relationship between the disease and Vitamin D levels.
After studying global data from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers have discovered a strong correlation between severe vitamin D deficiency and mortality rates.
Led by Northwestern University, the research team conducted a statistical analysis of data from hospitals and clinics across China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States.
The researchers noted that patients from countries with high COVID-19 mortality rates, such as Italy, Spain and the UK, had lower levels of vitamin D compared to patients in countries that were not as severely affected.
This does not mean that everyone — especially those without a known deficiency — needs to start hoarding supplements, the researchers caution.
“While I think it is important for people to know that vitamin D deficiency might play a role in mortality, we don’t need to push vitamin D on everybody,” said Northwestern’s Vadim Backman, who led the research. “This needs further study, and I hope our work will stimulate interest in this area. The data also may illuminate the mechanism of mortality, which, if proven, could lead to new therapeutic targets.”
The research is available on medRxiv, a preprint server for health sciences.
Backman is the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. Ali Daneshkhah, a postdoctoral research associate in Backman’s laboratory, is the paper’s first author. (source)
Vitamin D is produced naturally by the body from being in the sunlight.
This suggests, as studies have indicated, that COVID-19 infection rates may go down during the summer months. It also suggests at the potential of a resurgence of the disease come the fall, which was hinted at before.
This is a good analogy as well for the future.
I want you to think of this summer as a sort of “summer of the ant”, from the tale of the Ant and the Grasshopper.
You cannot stop what is coming, but you can be prepared for it.
My thoughts to anybody- and they are just my own -is that now is the time to prepare for what is coming, as the 2020s will likely go down as a decade of militarization. One cannot choose to stop the future, but one can respond to what happens.
Put on the gloves and work boots, because now is the time to get ready. There will be a time to rest, but it will not be now.
Winter will be upon the world sooner than they know it.