Raised Risk

Appears in the January 2021 issue.

Six University of Chicago scientists recently conducted the first study to test the link between vitamin D status and COVID-19 test results. In researching 489 patients, 25 percent had an untreated vitamin D deficiency and were almost twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19. Due to its low cost and general safety, the study authors support supplementation, especially for African American and Hispanic populations that have high rates of vitamin D deficiency.

Illustration by Kevin Sterjo