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A Single Large Dose of Vitamin D Could be Used as a Means of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Prevention and Treatment

Authors Liu G, Hong T, Yang J

Received 11 July 2020

Accepted for publication 7 August 2020

Published 21 August 2020 Volume 2020:14 Pages 3429—3434

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/DDDT.S271754

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Tuo Deng


Guoqiang Liu, Tianpei Hong, Jin Yang

Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing 100191, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Jin Yang Tel +86-10-82266722
Email yangjin@bjmu.edu.cn

Abstract: There is no specific and effective medication for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and avaccine is not available in recent months. Here, we hypothesize that a single large dose of vitamin D (Vit D) could be an option for trial in COVID-19. Vit D deficiency or insufficiency is very common in the general population as well as in patients with COVID-19. It has been shown that low Vit D level is associated with viral infection, and Vit D supplementation is beneficial for people infected with viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis C virus. Although COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, the morbidity and mortality of this disease are driven by coagulopathy. Clinical studies have shown that Vit D can exert anticoagulant effects. Vit D, a lipid-soluble vitamin, can be administered as a draught. Vit D supplementation is safe and has rare toxic events. In addition, the cost of Vit D is fairly low. Based on these observations, we speculate that a single dose of 300,000 IU Vit D may have a role in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

Keywords: vitamin D, large dose, coronavirus disease 2019

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