COVID-19: Why are the Media Obsessed with Vitamin D?

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

The current COVID-19 pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a subject of global concern. On the 30th of January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 a public health emergency of international concern, WHO's highest level of alarm ("Timeline: WHO's COVID-19 response", 2020). As of the 3rd of November 2020, there have been over 46 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, including approximately 1.2 million deaths, reported to the WHO with cases exponentially rising on a global scale ("WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) Dashboard", 2020). Due to the rising number of cases, there has been an unprecedented response by governments to slow the incidence of infection and mortality. This response has included large scale efforts across several sectors to develop targeted therapeutics. In that context, one modifiable lifestyle intervention that has received a lot of interest is vitamin D, based on the potential association between vitamin D supplementation and improved health outcomes in COVID-19 sufferers. [Abstract from Introduction]
Date of Award19 Nov 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University Of Strathclyde
SupervisorAlexandra Mavroeidi (Supervisor) & Diane Pennington (Supervisor)

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