Op-Ed: Don’t Let COVID-19 Patients Die With Vitamin D Deficiency

The U.S. is breaking new records in the number of daily deaths from COVID-19. The breakneck speed with which several vaccines have been developed and deployed is nothing short of breathtaking. Yet we still have to confront the grim prediction that our national death toll will exceed 500,000 Americans before widespread vaccinations can dig us out of this crisis. The response to the pandemic, therefore, should include an effort to aggressively eliminate what is becoming apparent as a morbidity and mortality risk factor in COVID-19 — vitamin D deficiency…

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Ongoing Study Seeks Link Between Gut Microbiome and COVID-19 Severity

Key Takeaways – A Rutgers University study is investigating the gut microbiome as a possible factor in the severity of COVID-19 symptoms… The microbiome plays a large role in immune system health, but the specific impact is still largely unknown…. Increasingly popular probiotics and prebiotics may have a positive impact on the prevalence of healthy gut bacteria…

As treatments continue to develop and vaccines are distributed to a wider population, researchers may even be able to determine more precisely how gut bacteria can be changed or supplemented to help prevent or treat infection. Early research into the effect of probiotics and prebiotics on COVID risk showed promising results…

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