Public health authorities around the world suppressed scientific evidence that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with severe Covid outcomes, and furthermore, some officials misled the public about alleged studies showing the vitamin did nothing for treating the viral infection.
A ‘Nature’ report published in mid-November called the “Association between vitamin D supplementation and COVID-19 infection and mortality” is cause for concern for lockdown proponents.
Vitamin D deficiency has long been associated with reduced immune function that can lead to viral infection. Several studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increases the risk of infection with COVID-19. However, it is unknown if treatment with Vitamin D can reduce the associated risk of COVID-19 infection, which is the focus of this study. In the population of US veterans, we show that Vitamin D2 and D3 fills were associated with reductions in COVID-19 infection of 28% and 20%, respectively [(D3 Hazard Ratio (HR) = 0.80, [95% CI 0.77, 0.83]), D2 HR = 0.72, [95% CI 0.65, 0.79]]. Mortality within 30-days of COVID-19 infection was similarly 33% lower with Vitamin D3 and 25% lower with D2 (D3 HR = 0.67, [95% CI 0.59, 0.75]; D2 HR = 0.75, [95% CI 0.55, 1.04]). We also find that after controlling for vitamin D blood levels, veterans receiving higher dosages of Vitamin D obtained greater benefits from supplementation than veterans receiving lower dosages. Veterans with Vitamin D blood levels between 0 and 19 ng/ml exhibited the largest decrease in COVID-19 infection following supplementation. Black veterans received greater associated COVID-19 risk reductions with supplementation than White veterans. As a safe, widely available, and affordable treatment, Vitamin D may help to reduce the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statistical analysis showed that “Vitamin D3 supplementation was associated with a 33% lower risk of COVID-19 infection ending in mortality within 30 days,” the study noted. “However, results for vitamin D2 were statistically insignificant.”
Vitamin D insufficiency affects almost 50% of the population worldwide. Vitamin D supplements may have been helpful not only for treatment and prevention of Covid-19 treatment, but a host of other chronic illnesses. It was a win/win for the patients to get more sunshine and Vitamin D supplements, but arguably, a loss for public health professionals and the pharmaceutical industry that had gone into overdrive pushing a ‘vaccines or nothing’ Covid response.