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2.8 X fewer COVID-19 nursing home deaths if add 10,000 IU Vitamin D daily for a week (small observation)- Jan 2021

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On reviewing a simple intervention in a nursing home on my patients I had a second look into the situation on a ward that was otherwise devastated. I had to make sure this is true since I had a hard time believing it myself.

On a ward with 67 patients that would normally have 74 residents COVID 19 struck and at the end of it 28 patients died or 42%

I had 13 of these patients and along with the COVID protocol used in all patients who became sick I also gave them 10,000IU of vitamin D daily for a week and then resumed the usual dose of 2000IU daily.

Only 2 died or a 15 % death rate! My population was similar to others on the ward and I fully expected 2 males who have morbid obesity/comorbidities to succumb but they did not. Is this statistically significant…. I’m not sure but this is quite a surprising difference. The only intervention aside from usual COVID care was the vitamin D. All my patients normally get 2000IU daily in the nursing home after a study reported that 94% of residents have adequate levels of vitamin D after a few months. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20440692/   ( 5 months -  PDF from sci-hub)

Vitamin D deficiency is common especially in nursing homes and in the winter in the general population in northern latitudes. Levels required for proper immune function are considerably higher (25(OH)D about 100-150nmol/l) Our bones do ok on much less,

This simple intervention for a modifiable risk factor is safe , cheap, and effective when used right at the onset of disease. Timing is everything. Once the cytokine storm is well under way it is difficult to reverse.

Gerry Schwalfenberg MD, CCFP FCFP

Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Canada
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Follow-on email #1: Not allowed to get Vitamin D tests (Canada, etc)
We are unable to do tests on vitamin D, our public system only allows testing where we suspect metabolic bone disease
Follow-on email #2: unable to prescribe what was needed
All residents under my care are on 2000iu daily achieving good levels as in our study a few years ago after a few months, using the hammer as I wrote about would have been preferable however pharmacy was resistant/reluctant to use this but complied with this request Started on 10,000 the day of positive COVID test or the next day ....

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