“Long winter months and less time spent outdoors have contributed to alarmingly high rates of vitamin D deficiency in parts of the UK, especially among certain ethnic and socio-economic groups, with overall levels falling below the most conservative global recommendations.” [Source: Medicalexpress.com]
Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, vitamin D deficiency was already a global problem. Despite vitamin D being produced naturally in the body when skin is exposed to sunlight, deficiency has even been found to be common in countries where sunshine is plentiful. In Australia, for example, a country where people typically enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with regular sunshine, the problem is said to have reached crisis levels. In northern hemisphere countries such as the United States and Canada, vitamin D deficiency is similarly known to be widespread. In Europe, blood levels have been shown to be low in up to 70 percent of the population. Pregnant Arab women have an “extraordinarily high prevalence” of deficiency, with India also now home to a growing epidemic of it.
Promisingly, therefore, recognizing the scale of the problem in his country and the fact that vitamin D deficiency is associated with worse outcomes in coronavirus patients, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently begun distributing free supplements of the micronutrient to millions of elderly and vulnerable people in the UK. In addition, Public Health England, an executive agency sponsored by the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care, now advises everyone to take a daily dose of vitamin D all year round.
To learn more about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s advocacy of vitamin D supplementation to help alleviate the coronavirus crisis, read this article on our website.