Vitamin D status and outcomes for hospitalised older patients with COVID-19

By Baktash V, Hosack T, Patel N, et al
Published August 27, 2020

Key Takeaways

Researchers undertook this prospective cohort study to investigate if worse outcomes are related to vitamin D deficiency in older patients with COVID-19. A total of 105 patients aged ≥65 years presenting with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 were included. All participants underwent testing for serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels during acute illness. Further classification of COVID-19-positive arm (n = 70) was done into: vitamin D-deficient (≤ 30 nmol/L) (n = 39) and -replete groups (n = 35). Higher peak D-dimer level and higher incidence of non-invasive ventilation support and high dependency unit admission, all were observed in patients with vitamin D deficiency. Overall, findings showed that worse morbidity outcomes may be seen in older adults with vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19. Experts concluded a likely usefulness of vitamin D status as a prognosticator.

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