Vitamin D low in most hospitalised patients with COVID-19

Identify and treat the deficiency in those at high risk of COVID-19 says author

More than eight out of 10 hospitalised patients with COVID-19 had a vitamin D deficiency, compared to around half of a similar population without the illness, a study from Spain shows.

Researchers reported that serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH-D) levels in 197 hospitalised COVID-19 patients were 34.4nmol/L, significantly lower than levels of 52.2nmol/L seen in the same number of sex-matched population-based controls.

However, there was no link between levels of 25OHD and markers of COVID-19 severity including ICU admission, the need for mechanical