With the vaccine rollout gaining momentum another known effective treatment has seemed to be forgotten. Vitamin D3 or calcifediol treatment has shown impressive results with COVID-19 patients. So much so that MP’s are calling for more studies to look at its effectiveness as a possible COVID-19 treatment.
Subjects were randomly assigned as either recipients of the vitamin D3 treatment or as controls on admission.
The research found Covid patients who were given doses of vitamin D were 80 percent less likely to require ICU treatment.
Mr Davis said on Twitter: “The findings of this large and well conducted study should result in this therapy being administered to every Covid patient in every hospital in the temperate latitudes.
“Furthermore, since the study demonstrates that the clear relationship between vitamin D and Covid mortality is causal, the UK government should increase the dose and availability of free vitamin D to all the vulnerable groups.”
The study said of its findings: “In this open randomised study conducted during the first European outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, we have observed that, in hospitalised Covid-19 patients, treatment with calcifediol reduced the requirement for critical care by more than 80 per cent.
“This supports the conclusion of a prior pilot trial in Cordoba in which calcifediol treatment led to a reduction of more than 50 per cent of ICU admission in hospitalised Covid-19 patients.”
Vitamin D is essential when treating acute respiratory infections.
Reports obtained from previous studies highlight Vitamin D’s benefit on calcium and bone homeostasis, especially in children, the elderly and osteoporotic patients.
In addition, it has a number of other very positive effects on the immune system and lung function which could be crucial in the fight against COVID-19.
Previous studies have found patients with a Vitamin D deficiency are more likely to test positive for the virus with high enough levels of Vitamin D being associated with a less severe illness and a better survival rate.
An open letter was sent to Governments around the world by medical experts from the UK, USA and elsewhere in Europe warning that low Vitamin D levels markedly increase the likelihood of hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19.
The letter now has over 120 signatories, signed by doctors, professors and politicians who support their campaign.
This includes Dr Barbara J Boucher, Honorary Professor of Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, and British MPs David Davis and Rupa Huq.