Clear Link between Vitamin D deficiency and severity of coronavirus, say researchers

Vitamin D deficiency may play an important role in the severity of COVID-19 infections so supplementation should be strongly advised at this time. Researchers have studied the high prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in Northern Hemisphere countries and the possible role of Vitamin D in suppressing the inflammatory responses seen in very ill COVID-19 patients. Authored by Nikki Hancocks.

Evidence That Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

As COVID-19 spreads, taking care of one’s respiratory health is critical. This article reviews the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of respiratory tract infections, and highlights how vitamin D supplementation might be a useful measure to reduce COVID-19 risk. Vitamin D can reduce risk of infections by inducing cathelicidins and defensins that can lower viral replication rates […]

How to protect the protectors: 10 lessons to learn for doctors fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus

Working at the frontlines, our #healthcareheroes have to deal with both a challenging work environment as well as the worry of becoming infected or infecting their loved ones. In this context, pulmonologists Dr Zarir Udwadia and Dr Reyma Sara Raju summarise the evidence on effective protection of health workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

K4D COVID-19 Health Evidence Summaries

This daily COVID-19 Health Evidence Summary by the Institute of Development Studies, UK, signposts health administrators and implementers to the latest relevant evidence and discourse on COVID-19. While not intended to be a comprehensive summary of evidence, it summarizes important health evidence that is emerging daily. Created by Knowledge for Development (K4D), Institute of Development Studies. K4D COVID-19 Health Evidence […]

Vitamin D and Respiratory Health

Academic review on the role that Vitamin D plays in respiratory health and its implications on susceptibility to COVID-19. Authored by D.A. Hughes and R. Norton on Clin Exp Immunol. Photo by Kayla Maurais on Unsplash

Estimates of the Severity of Coronavirus Disease 2019: A Model-based Analysis

Case fatality ratios, or the number of infected persons who die from it, are a key indicator used to understand the severity and threat of a disease. However, both deliberate underreporting as well as limited testing can affect the accuracy of the data, affecting the quality of decisions based on these numbers. This paper by Verity et al., 2020, published […]

Refugee and migrant health in the COVID-19 response

The response of countries worldwide to the Covid-19 pandemic, including tightened borders and restrictions on movement, have affected refugees and migrants adversely. This paper published in The Lancet highlights the range of challenges facing these vulnerable populations, their host communities and governments tasked with their welfare in the context of the pandemic. Authors: H H P Kluge, Z Jakab, J Bartovic, […]

Loss of sense of smell as marker of COVID-19 infection

Loss of smell, or anosmia, is considered to be a significant symptom of Covid-19, although it is unclear in what percentage of Covid-positive patients this symptom will be present. Based on evidence from different countries, this advisory by ENT UK suggests that anosmia could be used as a screening criteria to identify potential patients who show no other symptoms. […]

Covid-19: What implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights globally?

Evidence from past epidemics suggest that sexual and reproductive health and rights are highly impacted, with strained system capacity, deprioritisation of SRH needs, and heightened health risks for vulnerable groups. This paper summarizes the range of issues emerging on SRH in the Covid-19 pandemic. Julia Hussein (2020) COVID-19: What implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights globally?, Sexual and […]

Vitamin D and Respiratory Health

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining strong respiratory health to help ward off infections is paramount. This paper outlines the role that Vitamin D plays in preventing acute respiratory infections. It is a scientific review of primary research studies that support the connection between Vitamin D intake and diminished susceptibility to respiratory infections. This paper indirectly shows the importance […]


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