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COVID-19 and Vitamin D Misinformation on YouTube as of Dec 2020 - March 2022

COVID-19 and Vitamin D Misinformation on YouTube

JMIR Infodemiology 2022;2(1):e32452 doi:10.2196/32452
Preprints of this paper are available at https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/32452, first published July 28, 2021.
Emma K Quinn 1, 2 e ; Shelby Fenton 2, 3 e ; Chelsea A Ford-Sahibzada 2, 3, 4 e ; Andrew Harper 3 e ; Alessandro R Marcon 5 e ; Timothy Caulfield 5, 6 e ; Sajjad S Fazel 2, 3, 7 e ; Cheryl E Peters 2, 3, 4, 7 e

The “infodemic” accompanying the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic has the potential to increase avoidable spread as well as engagement in risky health behaviors. Although social media platforms, such as YouTube, can be an inexpensive and effective method of sharing accurate health information, inaccurate and misleading information shared on YouTube can be dangerous for viewers. The confusing nature of data and claims surrounding the benefits of vitamin D, particularly in the prevention or cure of COVID-19, influences both viewers and the general “immune boosting” commercial interest.

The aim of this study was to ascertain how information on vitamin D and COVID-19 was presented on YouTube in 2020.

YouTube video results for the search terms “COVID,” “coronavirus,” and “vitamin D” were collected and analyzed for content themes and deemed useful or misleading based on the accuracy or inaccuracy of the content. Qualitative content analysis and simple statistical analysis were used to determine the prevalence and frequency of concerning content, such as confusing correlation with causation regarding vitamin D benefits.

In total, 77 videos with a combined 10,225,763 views (at the time of data collection) were included in the analysis, with over three-quarters of them containing misleading content about COVID-19 and vitamin D. In addition, 45 (58%) of the 77 videos confused the relationship between vitamin D and COVID-19, with 46 (85%) of 54 videos stating that vitamin D has preventative or curative abilities. The major contributors to these videos were medical professionals with YouTube accounts. Vitamin D recommendations that do not align with the current literature were frequently suggested, including taking supplementation higher than the recommended safe dosage or seeking intentional solar UV radiation exposure.

The spread of misinformation is particularly alarming when spread by medical professionals, and existing data suggesting vitamin D has immune-boosting abilities can add to viewer confusion or mistrust in health information. Further, the suggestions made in the videos may increase the risks of other poor health outcomes, such as skin cancer from solar UV radiation.
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Since Dec 2020 - many YouTubes on Vitamin D & COVID have been based on data

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Items found: 19
Title Modified
Vitamin D and Health video with transcript - Dr. Grant Sept 2021 11 Sep, 2021
In-home testing of viral load, etc. Dr. Topol interview with transcript – Aug 11, 2021 14 Aug, 2021
Your Brain on Covid-19 Long-Haul, Dr. Galland video and transcript - Aug 1, 2021 07 Aug, 2021
COVID-19 doctors not allowed to use treatments that work - Dr McCullough Video and transcript May 2021 11 Jul, 2021
Problems with vaccine use during a pandemic - Dr. Bossche interview with transcript - April 22, 2021 28 May, 2021
Vitamin D fights many health symptoms, including COVID-19: Dr. Mahtani video and transcript - April 2021 23 Apr, 2021
Vitamin D, COVID - Campbell and Davis (Video with transcript) - Jan 18, 2021 21 Apr, 2021
Autoimmune and high-dose vitamin D (Dr. Coimbra) - Dr. Mahtani video and transcript - Nov 2020 11 Apr, 2021
The Health Benefits of Vitamin D and Solar UVB (video and transcript) - March 2021 27 Mar, 2021
COVID public health messages 1, 2, and 3 should be - vitamin d vitamin d, vitamin d (video and transcript) - Mar 5, 2021 16 Mar, 2021
Vitamin D Help Us Fight Infections - interview of Dr. Thakkar (transcript) Jan 20, 2021 24 Jan, 2021
COVID-19 Vitamin D: Overview by Dr. in Sri Lanka (Video and transcript) - Dec 8, 2020 26 Dec, 2020
COVID-19 Vitamin D: Overview of Evidence by Dr. Seheult (Video and transcript) - Dec 10, 2020 14 Dec, 2020
Dr. Coimbra on Coronavirus and Vitamin D (English transcript) - Jan 2020 31 Jan, 2020
Dr. Sears podcast with Carole Baggerly about Vitamin D (with transcript) - July 2019 05 Jul, 2019
Vitamin D, trauma, and blacks - Dr. Matthews interview with transcript - Jan 2019 15 May, 2019
Sleep, Vitamin D, B Vitamins, jaw, etc. Dr. Gominak transcript - 2016 31 Jan, 2019
History of Dr. Cannell and Vitamin D Council - Podcast with transcript - Dec 2014 05 Dec, 2014
Vitamin D and bone health - Univ of Maryland video and transcript May 2010 02 Jul, 2010

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