The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) highlighted recent findings from ITM-UChicago researcher David Meltzer, MD, PhD, that linked vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 risk.
Meltzer, the Fanny L. Pritzker Professor of Medicine, and his team looked at 4,638 people tested for COVID-19 and found that those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were 53% more likely to test positive for the virus. They also discovered that Black people with low levels are significantly more at risk than White people. They published their findings in JAMA Network Open.
Meltzer’s team is now conducting a health research study to see what effect low, medium and high doses of vitamin D have on COVID-19 risk. Click here to participate in the research!