Vitamin D deficiency represents a global pandemic afflicting more than one billion individuals across all age groups worldwide and it has been estimated that in excess of one billion people have vitamin D deficiency. The current pandemic of vitamin D deficiency has collided with the COVID-19 pandemic and likely radically increased the number of deaths because of vitamin D insufficiency.
So just how many people are suffering from not having enough vitamin D?
HOW WE CAN FIX THIS PANDEMIC IN A MONTH?
Commentary by Damien Downing, MBBS, MRSB
(OMNS June 22, 2020) If we act on the data showing that it is highly probable that vitamin D can save lives, we could fix this pandemic in a month, for perhaps $2 per person. There would be no significant adverse effects. If we wait for "evidence" that vitamin D mitigates the impact of COVID-19, thousands more will die. If we could arrange to give everyone vitamin D, and it failed to protect them, so what? The risk from not acting is much greater than the risk from acting. Dosage is important and generally misunderstood.
Two countries have acted on this already: Egypt and Slovenia. Why can't we?
The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service has been publicizing the importance of vitamins D and C, and the minerals zinc and magnesium, in this pandemic since January . I have been writing about Vitamin D and sunlight for over 30 years , and it has never been more relevant.
If you caught the COVID19 virus right now, having a good vitamin D status (from already having taken a supplement) would
- Reduce your risk of the disease becoming severe by 90%
- Reduce your risk of dying by 96%
This is not "proven" or "evidence-based" until we have done controlled trials comparing it to a placebo. Any volunteers for that? But the data, already strong, has been pouring in since the start of the pandemic. Here's the data for the two statements above.