april 2020 • Irish Medical Journal

Vitamin D, Covid-19 and Children

E.J. Molloy, N. Murphy

DOI: -

Content curation::Clara Jasmins

Key message

Apesar de alguns estudos pontuais tentarem provar o contrário, quando incluído um maior número de doentes numa revisão sistemática, continua por provar o potencial efeito benéfico da vitamina D na prevenção e tratamento de infeções respiratórias em crianças, inclusivé em doentes críticos.

Abstract

The multi-organ and systemic importance of Vitamin D is increasingly recognized. Low vitamin D is associated with morbidity in children and adults. In addition, Vitamin D3 appears to decrease mortality in elderly people living independently or in institutional care. Increasing use of sunblock and prevention of melanoma have resulted in lower levels of vitamin D especially on countries of higher latitude in the winter months. This has resulted in public health programmes for vitamin D supplementation in newborns and children.