The gold standard of medical research is the randomised controlled trial. Back in May, we had no such test for vitamin D and Covid-19. Now we do. The world’s first randomised control trial on vitamin D and Covid has just been published. The results are clear-cut. The trial, which took place in Spain at the Reina Sofía University Hospital, involved 76 patients suffering from Covid-19. Fifty of those patients were given vitamin D. The remaining 26 were not. Half of those not given Vitamin D became so sick that they needed to be put on intensive care. By comparison, only one person who was given Vitamin D requiring ICU admission.
Put another way, the use of Vitamin D reduced a patient’s risk of needing intensive care 25-fold. Two patients who did not receive Vitamin D died. And while the sample is too small to conclude that Vitamin D abolishes the risk of death in Covid patients, it is nonetheless an astonishing result, and corresponds with Prof Backman’s assertion that correcting vitamin deficiency might cut mortality by half. The Government should now act on this latest evidence.
The medical side is interesting, of course it is. But it’s the political side that’s of more importance. For now we’ve got our explanation of why the BAME peeps have been so hard hit. Which also means that we don;t need to overturn capitalist free marketry to reduce the BAME death rate for Covid – as so much of the Guardian has been claiming – instead we treat the actual cause. Some Vit D tablets.
Being wholly and entirely fair about this. Yes, the higher BAME death rate could have been due to structural inequality. But it ain’t and claims that it is, from now on, will be lies.