Published time: 26 May 2020
Authors: M.Chakhtoura, N.Napoli, G.El Hajj Fuleihan
COVID-SARS-2 pandemic has struck and spread at light speed, reaching 6 continents within 3 months, transforming our societies globally . In <6 months, numbers rose exponentially to 5,159,674 cases and 335,4186 fatalities (6.5%); a third roughly are in the US (May 22, 2020) . Disease severity and mortality rates are higher in the elderly, African Americans, patients with diabetes mellitus, chronic lung and cardiovascular diseases [3,4], all groups with low vitamin D levels. Should we supplement patients with vitamin D? We examine the biological plausibility and evidence for a role of vitamin D in COVID-19 patients, and provide a framework for guidance on supplementation, based on a rigorous and systematic approach. We interrogated the Systematic Reviews database Epistemonikos, and four medical databases including Cochrane.
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