Clear Link between Vitamin D deficiency and severity of coronavirus, say researchers

Clear Link between Vitamin D deficiency and severity of coronavirus, say researchers

Vitamin D deficiency may play an important role in the severity of COVID-19 infections so supplementation should be strongly advised at this time. Researchers have studied the high prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in Northern Hemisphere countries and the possible role of Vitamin D in suppressing the inflammatory responses...

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Evidence That Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

Evidence That Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

As COVID-19 spreads, taking care of one’s respiratory health is critical. This article reviews the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of respiratory tract infections, and highlights how vitamin D supplementation might be a useful measure to reduce COVID-19 risk. Vitamin D can reduce risk of infections...

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How to protect the protectors: 10 lessons to learn for doctors fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus

How to protect the protectors: 10 lessons to learn for doctors fighting the COVID-19 coronavirus

Working at the frontlines, our #healthcareheroes have to deal with both a challenging work environment as well as the worry of becoming infected or infecting their loved ones. In this context, pulmonologists Dr Zarir Udwadia and Dr Reyma Sara Raju summarise the evidence on effective protection of health workers...

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Estimates of the Severity of Coronavirus Disease 2019: A Model-based Analysis

Estimates of the Severity of Coronavirus Disease 2019: A Model-based Analysis

Case fatality ratios, or the number of infected persons who die from it, are a key indicator used to understand the severity and threat of a disease. However, both deliberate underreporting as well as limited testing can affect the accuracy of the data, affecting the quality of decisions based...

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Refugee and migrant health in the COVID-19 response

Refugee and migrant health in the COVID-19 response

The response of countries worldwide to the Covid-19 pandemic, including tightened borders and restrictions on movement, have affected refugees and migrants adversely. This paper published in The Lancet highlights the range of challenges facing these vulnerable populations, their host communities and governments tasked with their welfare in the context...

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Covid-19: What implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights globally?

Covid-19: What implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights globally?

Evidence from past epidemics suggest that sexual and reproductive health and rights are highly impacted, with strained system capacity, deprioritisation of SRH needs, and heightened health risks for vulnerable groups. This paper summarizes the range of issues emerging on SRH in the Covid-19 pandemic. Julia Hussein (2020) COVID-19: What...

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