“Over 80 percent of COVID-19 patients in a hospital in Spain have vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
Interest in the link between vitamin D deficiency and coronavirus infection has been growing rapidly in recent months. People with low levels of vitamin D have been shown to have 60 percent higher rates of coronavirus infection compared to those with adequate amounts.
Researchers have also compared average levels of vitamin D with coronavirus infection rates and mortality across 20 European countries. They found that people with low vitamin D levels may be more likely to die after contracting the virus.
Deficiencies of other micronutrients are similarly linked to the severity of coronavirus infection. A recent study carried out by researchers in the United States examined 21 critically ill coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Colorado. Levels of vitamins C and D were found to be low in most of these patients. Scientists in Spain have made similar findings, discovering that vitamin C levels in more than 90 percent of patients with coronavirus-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome were so low as to be undetectable.
Doctors in the Netherlands say there appears to be a relationship between low levels of vitamin K and serious coronavirus complications. They found that patients who died from the virus or who had to go into intensive care had much lower levels of vitamin K than healthy people.
A recent study in Germany looked at levels of selenium in coronavirus patients. Examining 33 patients at the Public Hospital Klinikum Aschaffenburg-Alzenau, the researchers found that deficiency of this trace mineral was significantly associated with mortality risk. Deficiency was more severe in non-survivors compared to patients who survived the virus.
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