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Does Vitamin D play a role in the management of Covid-19 in Brazil?

Overview of attention for article published in Revista de Saúde Pública, July 2020
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Does Vitamin D play a role in the management of Covid-19 in Brazil?
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Revista de Saúde Pública, July 2020
DOI 10.11606/s1518-8787.2020054002545
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Helena Ribeiro, Keila Valente de Souza de Santana, Sofia Lizarralde Oliver, Patricia Helen de Carvalho Rondó, Marcela Moraes Mendes, Karen Charlton, Susan Lanham-New


The study discusses the possible role of adequate vitamin D status in plasma or serum for preventing acute respiratory infections during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our arguments respond to an article, published in Italy, that describes the high prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in older Italian women and raises the possible preventive and therapeutic role of optimal vitamin D levels. Based on literature review, we highlight the findings regarding the protective role of vitamin D for infectious diseases of the respiratory system. However, randomized controlled trials are currently lacking. Adequate vitamin D status is obtained from sun exposure and foods rich in vitamin D. Studies in Brazil have shown that hypovitaminosis D is quite common in spite of high insolation. Authors recommend ecological, epidemiological and randomized controlled trials studies to verify this hypothesis.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 201 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 40 20%
Student > Master 16 8%
Researcher 14 7%
Other 11 5%
Professor > Associate Professor 8 4%
Other 39 19%
Unknown 73 36%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 51 25%
Nursing and Health Professions 24 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 11 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 2%
Other 19 9%
Unknown 80 40%

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