Covid-19: exposure to the sun to avoid a serious form?

Vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of developing a severe form of Covid-19, according to a new Irish-Scottish study.

Remember: in January 2021, 73 experts (nephrologists, geriatricians, rheumatologists, endocrinologists, general practitioners …) and several learned societies (French Society of Endocrinology, French Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology, French Society of Pediatrics. ..) called for supplementing the entire French population with vitamin D to reduce the risk of developing a severe form of Covid-19.

A new study now supports this recommendation: carried out jointly by Trinity College in Dublin (in Ireland) and the University of Edinburgh (in Scotland), and published in the specialist journal Scientific Reports, it states that a sufficient intake of vitamin D could protect against severe forms of Covid-19 and therefore reduce the risk of death.

Regularly expose yourself to the sun to fill up on vitamin D

Should we therefore supplement with vitamin D to cope with Covid-19? Yes, say the researchers: “since vitamin D supplements are safe and inexpensive, it is certainly advisable to take them“recommends Prof. Lina Zgaga, from Trinity College in Dublin;”given the lack of truly effective therapies for Covid-19, it is important to remain open-minded about the results of rigorous studies of vitamin D“adds Prof. Evropi Theodoratou, from the University of Edinburgh.

The best way to fill up on vitamin D is still sun exposure. Thus, 70% to 80% of the vitamin D supplied to the body is produced by the skin under the action of UV rays emitted by the sun. The specialists’ recommendation: in summer, expose yourself every day (without excess) for at least 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., keeping your face, legs and arms clear, in order to fill up with vitamin D. .. and to make reserves for winter and spring.

Source :The Parisian, Monday January 10, 2022.

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