Vitamin D Found to Help Fight COVID-19?

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Could a vitamin D deficiency increase your risk of getting COVID-19? The Doctors explain new findings that may help you fight the virus. 

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A study from the University of Chicago found patients who were deficient in vitamin D were about 77 percent more likely to test positive for COVID than patients who were not, and Dr. David Meltzer -- the author of the study -- joins us to discuss.

Dr. Meltzer says in addition to bone health, the vitamin also enhances the body's immune system. He explains some exposure to the sun -- 15 to 30 minutes daily while being mindful not to spend too long in the sun without sunscreen -- helps the body create vitamin D.

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Other ways to get the essential vitamin includes vitamin D fortified foods, and supplements. He warns the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D for most people is 600 to 800 international units. If someone were to get too much vitamin D this could help to high calcium in the body, which can cause fatigue, frequent urination, and weakness.

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As always, speak with your doctor before starting any new supplement. 

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