Vitamin D supplementation

Mass vitamin D supplement distribution to all households to ensure that vitamin D deficiency is eradicated, as far as possible. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce severity of respiratory infections in general, boost immune systems, and in several studies reduce death rates from covid 19.

Why the contribution is important

There's a good chance it could save many lives, reduce the strain on the health service, and generally lead to a healthier population.

by Ripio on May 08, 2020 at 12:44PM

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Based on: 11 votes


  • Posted by jes1318 May 08, 2020 at 13:12

    Yes, I think this would be a good idea. Certainly in this part of the world. Can only be of benefit.
  • Posted by JayEvans May 08, 2020 at 13:14

    Big issue with vitamin D is not all people can cope with larger amounts of it. It is not safe for everyone. I know of people who thought Vitamin D was most important thing for immune etc but then developed kidney stones because of it. Not safe to say “everyone take doses of vitamin D”
  • Posted by Whurlywheep May 08, 2020 at 13:26

    I fully endorse this. A daily 30 minutes of sunshine exposure can be difficult in Scotland.
  • Posted by Wulan19 May 08, 2020 at 13:31

    It doesn't cost very much to buy yourself, does the government need to be responsible everything.
  • Posted by Islander64 May 08, 2020 at 13:45

    There is a lot of merit to this suggestion. There are currently ongoing studies trying to establish if there is a link to the higher rate of Covid infections/deaths in BME people in Northern climates and Vitamin D deficiency (darker skins have more difficulty absorbing Vitamin D through sunlight).
  • Posted by Julie May 08, 2020 at 14:01

    The message about Vit. D is sensible but most people can just get their own.
  • Posted by xeisd May 08, 2020 at 14:41

    This is sensible. A lot of the population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency even before lockdown started. I manag to buy my own supplements but some vulnerable people will not be able to afford this because it will be quite low down on the list of priorities if people are struggling with essential bills in this time of financial uncertainty.
  • Posted by lovemachine May 08, 2020 at 17:31

    Perhaps the government should distribute free to care homes and those on benefits in the higher risk groups and the rest of the public buy their own. The cost will be pretty low . The undernoted article linked to a Trinity College Dublin study says that of those in over 70s higher risk group studied 46% were found to be deficient. Perhaps that may also be a factor in why we see fewer cases/deaths in Oz and New Zealand and even India? They are moving into winter now so will they see increased cases.
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