Millions of elderly and vulnerable people will receive Vitamin D for free from the government when there is evidence that it helps in the fight against Covid-19.
- Shielders will be given a sufficient supply of vitamins to last four months
- It happened after Matt Hancock decided to act quickly due to evidence of benefits
- Research shows that 80% of Covid-19 victims in the hospital are deficient in Vitamin D.
Millions of vulnerable people will be provided with Vitamin D by the Government when there is evidence that it helps in the fight against Covid-19 infection.
Caregivers and shielding people who have diseases like cancer will be sent four months’ worth of vitamins, with first packages coming early next month.
The move comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock decided he must act quickly on emerging evidence of Vitamin D’s benefits.
Caregivers and shielding people who have diseases like cancer will be sent four months of sufficient vitamin intake, with first packages arriving early next month (photo file)
A recent study found that more than 80% of Covid-19 hospitalized victims were vitamin D deficient, compared with the UK average of 25%.
Ministers are hoping that more vitamin intake, along with more effective drug treatments and a viable vaccine, will combine to eliminate the need for a wide range of shutdowns. endless.
Delivering direct to door-to-door UK residents will ‘help prevent Vitamin D deficiency and maintain normal calcium levels in the blood, while keeping bones and muscles healthy,’ said a senior government source. strong’.
The source added: ‘We will make sure those who need Vitamin D the most can access a supply to stretch them throughout the winter. There are several studies showing that vitamin D supplements can have a positive effect on people with Covid-19. ”
The move comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock decided that he must act quickly on emerging evidence of Vitamin D benefits.
This move will accompany the initiation of clinical trials to further evaluate the link between Vitamin D and Covid-19.
Those who will receive a free supply include organ transplant recipients, chemotherapy patients, and people with severe respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Vitamin D is a hormone produced by the kidneys that controls calcium levels in the blood and has a direct impact on the body’s immune system.
Some experts have suggested that the higher incidence of severe Covid-19 complications in ethnic minority patients may be due to the lower vitamin D content they can synthesize from sunlight.