Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an Instagram Live interview on Sept. 10 that you should avoid taking “so called immune-boosting” supplements and embrace vitamin D instead, CNBC reports.
- Fauci said: “If you are deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. So I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself taking vitamin D supplements.”
Fauci said that the aforementioned supplements mostly do “nothing” to stop the novel coronavirus. Vitamin D, though, might have an impact.
Does vitamin D lower your risk of COVID-19?
At the beginning of September, a new study from the University of Chicago suggested that those who have a lack of vitamin D could have more severe cases of the novel coronavirus.
Those who have untreated vitamin D deficiency saw an increased likelihood of testing positive for the novel coronavirus of by 77%, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- The study said 22% of patients with vitamin D deficiency were infected by COVID-19.
- Sixty percent of patients who had adequate levels of vitamin D, only 12% tested positive for COVID-19.
- “In this single-center, retrospective cohort study, likely deficient vitamin D status was associated with increased COVID-19 risk, a finding that suggests that randomized trials may be needed to determine whether vitamin D affects COVID-19 risk,” the study concludes.