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The role of vitamin D in reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection: An update

Shah Alam et al., International Immunopharmacology, doi:10.1016/j.intimp.2021.107686 (Review)
Shah Alam et al., The role of vitamin D in reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection: An update, International Immunopharmacology, doi:10.1016/j.intimp.2021.107686 (Review)
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Review of vitamin D for COVID-19 noting that infections are likely to be more prevalent in the winter season; clinical trials show vitamin D as a potential therapeutic agent; vitamin D is beneficial against COVID-19 by reducing inflammatory response; vitamin D boosts immune response against SARS-CoV-2 infection; and vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of COVID-19 severity and mortality.
Shah Alam et al., 17 Apr 2021, peer-reviewed, 4 authors.
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The role of vitamin D in reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection: An update
Mohammad Shah Alam, Daniel M Czajkowsky, M D Aminul Islam, M D Ataur Rahman
International Immunopharmacology, doi:10.1016/j.intimp.2021.107686
The ongoing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic is having a disastrous impact on global health. Recently, several studies examined the potential of vitamin D to reduce the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection by modulating the immune system. Indeed, vitamin D has been found to boost the innate immune system and stimulate the adaptive immune response against SARS-CoV-2 infection. In this review, we provide a comprehensive update of the immunological mechanisms underlying the positive effects of vitamin D in reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as a thorough survey of the recent epidemiological studies and clinical trials that tested vitamin D as a potential therapeutic agent against COVID-19 infection. We believe that a better understanding of the histopathology and immunopathology of the disease as well as the mechanism of vitamin D effects on COVID-19 severity will ultimately pave the way for a more effective prevention and control of this global pandemic.
Authors contributions MS Declaration of Competing Interest The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.
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