French Experts Call For Mass Vitamin D Supplementation To Fight COVID-19
With around half the French population vitamin D deficient, a group of medical experts say mass supplementation is a low cost and low risk intervention which could save lives and curb the spread of COVID-19.
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France's food and drug regulators say children should only be given vitamin D in approved drugs after cases were reported of overdose in infants linked to supplement use.
Current UK government guidelines on vitamin D supplementation (400IU or 10mcg vitamin D a day) are too low to achieve immunity boosting effects, says UK expert and University of Birmingham scientist Martin Hewison.
By handing out free supplements to the clinically vulnerable, the UK government is effectively endorsing the use of vitamin D to reduce the risk and/or severity of COVID-19, although it says more research is needed.