Oregon Health Authority -- Recommend Vitamin D3
We licensed health care providers, health scientists and concerned citizens urge the Oregon Health Authority to add daily Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) supplementation to the general COVID-19 health recommendations of face mask utilization, social distancing and frequent hand washing.
The public health risk associated with this recommendation is at or near zero and the potential benefit is great. Vitamin D supplementation has the potential to significantly reduce COVID-19 disease burden, lessening the acute impact on our hospitals and saving lives. The scientific evidence that has accumulated before and since the start of this pandemic is now sufficient to make this recommendation. The function of Vitamin D in immune response to respiratory viruses is well established. Vitamin D insufficiency in COVID-19 patients correlates with increased risks of infection, disease severity, hospitalization and death. Lower Vitamin D levels correspond to darker skin pigmentation as well as to a lack of daily direct sunlight exposure on skin. For all skin pigmentations, the seasonality of Vitamin D-producing sunlight results in winter insufficiency for most Oregonians not supplementing Vitamin D3. On a national scale, 40% of the population is chronically Vitamin D insufficient, with an even greater number deficient and insufficient during winter due to these factors.
We appeal for Oregon to become the first state in the United States to make this recommendation. The Oregon Health Authority will not be the first government public health agency in the world to make a recommendation. The National Health Services of the United Kingdom have already done so, with the UK actively implementing a plan to distribute Vitamin D3 supplements to millions of their population whom they have determined to be most vulnerable to a severe COVID-19 disease presentation.
Recommending daily oral Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) does not take away from or lessen the importance of current recommendations. Instead it addresses another important and highly modifiable factor in the multifaceted effort to mitigate the severity of this pandemic. This recommendation is essential now, even as we all await implementation of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
Read the full letter that has already been sent to the Oregon Health Authority by the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
If you are a physician or other licensed health care professional please join us. If you are a credentialed researcher or scientist, please join us. If you are a concerned citizen, please join us.
Please sign this petition. Let's all join together to help save lives with this simple and safe recommendation.
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Additional Vitamin D3 References
References found in the OANP letter sent to OHA
6 “Effect of calcifediol treatment and best available therapy versus best available therapy on intensive care unit admission and mortality among patients hospitalized for COVID-19: A pilot randomized clinical study”