# How does vitamin D affect the risk of death in coronavirus?

Since the topic of coronavirus is relevant and interesting to many, we continue to discuss the topic of the fight against the virus, but from the point of view of science. Every day on TV you can hear politicians speaking about the fact that someone will be responsible for all the consequences of this terrible pandemic. Let’s look at the opinions of scientists and extras.

Coronavirus mortality calculator

Let’s start with some interesting statistics in a very useful shell. A group of Polish scientists from the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park developed and published in the public domain an unusual calculator. The principle of its operation is extremely simple: bringing together your age, gender and indicating whether you have one of four chronic diseases, namely: hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cancer or cardiovascular problems, the system will give you a result that will show the likelihood of death from COVID-19.

What affects mortality from coronavirus?

According to the chief developer of this calculator Peter Bandosh:

The risk of death from COVID very clearly depends on the lifestyle and related diseases, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and complications. Mortality among people without any chronic illness is less than 1% of fatal cases of COVID-19.

It does not seem like a discovery, but you need to understand that a runny nose is also chronic. There is also a chronic craving for knowledge, but this, alas, is not treated.

So the calculator of Polish scientists is a useful thing. It allows, using the data of previous statistics, to hint to you that you are in danger and maybe it’s time to take a test or limit activity outside the home to the maximum-minimum. This is especially true for those who are afraid to do any tests because of the “danger” of being hospitalized. Why is gender important in statistics?

Men carry a coronavirus infection harder than women. This may be due to damage to the alveoli in the lungs, with which the male body copes worse than the female.

Something similar said the Spanish neuroscientist Diego Redolar, but in his opinion, the reason for this may lie in the fact that men smoke more often.

Vitamin D and Coronavirus

A study by American scientists from Northwestern University in Illinois and British scientists from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation and the University of East Anglia focused on vitamin D. According to scientists, a competent approach to controlling vitamin D will halve the number of deaths among those infected with the coronavirus.

At the same time, an important clarification of doctors is that vitamin D will not protect against infection, it will only reduce mortality if a patient finds coronavirus, which is an important aspect in a pandemic. Statistics were created on the basis of patients in Italy, Spain, and the UK. Regardless of age, the number of people infected with low levels of vitamin D is significant, which suggests a hypothesis.

Vitamin D Benefits

Vitamin D is a group of biologically active substances that are formed under the action of ultraviolet rays in the skin and enter the human body with food.

The action of vitamin D ensures the normal growth and development of bones, helps the body restore its protective membranes, and inhibits the growth of cancerous cells. Vitamin D strengthens the immune system and controls it, preventing hypercytokinemia.

Hypercytokinemia (cytokine storm, cytokine cascade) is a potentially lethal response of the immune system, the essence of which is the uncontrolled and non-protective function of cytokine activation of immune cells in the focus of inflammation.

This finding explains the low mortality rate among children. They do not yet have acquired immunity as such, or rather, it did not particularly form, unlike adults, for whom a failure of the “cytokine storm” blocks the work of innate immunity and leads to death. If you have read up to this point and decided to eat vitamin D to the dump, then scientists warn: everything is good in moderation, an overdose of vitamins will do more harm than good.

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Author: Flyn Braun
Graduated from Cambridge University. Previously, he worked in various diferent news media. Currently, it is a columnist of the us news section in the Free News editors.
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