Buy vitamin D supplements and start taking them yourself and giving them to members of your household as if your chances of surviving the coronavirus pandemic depend on it because they probably do.
Alternatively, you may be able to boost your vitamin D levels if you are lucky enough to have a private back-garden, balcony or your own sun-bed to sunbathe in, from or with.
Sunbathing in a public space or in a tanning salon would not be such a “great plan” because you might catch coronavirus from someone else who is there at the same time, so that’s why the police are moving sunbathers on in public parks and that’s why tanning salon businesses are locked-down.
Obviously, don’t overdose on vitamin D because that will make you very sleepy after a meal or you might get migraines, like I do, or other unpleasant or dangerous symptoms. It is possible to have too much of a good thing so just be cautious, read the label, consult your doctor or your pharmacist, by telephone if you can.
Don’t buy and hoard more vitamin D than you will ever need because that’s anti-social considering that there might very well be a shortage in the shops when the public start to panic-buy vitamin D as they likely will sooner or later, with far more reason than they had to panic-buy toilet roll.
It would be reckless of any government of every country outside of the equatorial belt, where sunshine is on plentiful supply year-round, to neglect public health education to alert people to be sure that everyone’s vitamin D levels are nicely topped up to give us all the best fighting chance of surviving the coronavirus pandemic, in case any of us are unfortunate or careless enough to catch Covid-19, despite our best efforts at social distancing, hand-washing etc.
Those who are at risk of vitamin D deficiency and who are therefore at higher risk of death if they are unlucky enough to catch coronavirus are
- the always housebound or the newly locked-down, especially in homes without sunbeds or somewhere to sunbathe from (behind glass is no use because the ultraviolet rays needed are absorbed by glass)
- those who cover up their skin when they are out, who can’t or won’t sunbathe as nature intended
- those whose skin is darker than the lighter-skinned indigenous population
- those who don’t eat vitamin-D-rich foods regularly, such as salmon or other oily fish
- the fat, because vitamin D is fat soluble and so lots of body fat hogs your intake of vitamin D
Here are some references to check out if you are any doubt about this particular wisdom which is soon to become public knowledge.
Admittedly, sunny countries like Italy and Spain where vitamin D is easy to get have nevertheless had bad Covid-19 outbreaks and death tolls so vitamin D isn’t going to guarantee to save everyone at risk but the scientific evidence is stacking up that enhancing your vitamin D levels is now the smart move and especially in countries like Scotland where low vitamin D levels are endemic it would be advisable to take vitamin D supplements at least for the duration of this coronavirus pandemic crisis.
The BMJ: COVID-19 ’ICU’ risk – 20-fold greater in the Vitamin D Deficient. BAME, African Americans, the Older, Institutionalised and Obese, are at greatest risk. Sun and ‘D’-supplementation – Game-changers? Research urgently required.