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1. Intake of Vitamin D during COVID-19 pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 continues apace. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that the suggestions people should follow to defend COVID-19 should not mislead or harm their lives. In a recent article published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, pertaining to the consumption of vitamin D during the COVID-19 period researchers encourages people to strictly follow the government's guidance even during self isolation.

      The study observed that low vitamin D status may be exacerbated during this COVID-19 crisis due to indoor living and reduced sun exposure. Hence, anyone who is self-isolating with limited access to sunlight is a dvised to take a vitamin D supplement according to their government's recommendations for the general population which is produced by hepatic hydroxylation of vitamin D coming from either skin or the gut from oral intake. The continued spread of COVID-19 has led to calls for the widespread high-dose vitamin D supplementation. Studies investigating vitamin D and COVID-19 are currently underway and more are likely to follow.

      The study concludes that with lifestyle strategies for avoiding vitamin D deficiency and ensuring a healthy balanced diet at any time, we can include vitamin D during the current pandemic.

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