The United Kingdom gave vitamin D supplements to more than 2.5 million “vulnerable people” during the winter, the government announced on Saturday. The Department of Health and Social Care stated that care homes would automatically receive a free supply of vitamin D, which helps keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, while sending a letter to individuals listed on the medically extremely vulnerable list In which they will be invited to choose. For direct delivery of free supplies at home.
“Delivery starting in January will be free, and will provide a 4-month dose to previous ones through the winter months. The supplements will support general health, especially in bone and muscle health. This year is particularly important as these individuals are likely to remain indoors for extended periods due to measures initiated to prevent the spread of COVID-19, ”the department said in a release.
England’s Foreign Minister for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, said steps were being taken by the government to ensure uninterrupted delivery of supplements for the vulnerable in the dark winter months.
“The evidence of vitamin D’s link to COVID-19 is still being researched with the need for large-scale trials. Meanwhile, the Secretary of State has asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) to re-review the existing evidence. The government will publish its findings at the end of the year, ”Hancock said.
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) states that a small number of foods contain vitamin D and that the human body produces vitamins when exposed to direct sunlight. Since the lockdown induced by the Kovid-19 epidemic has restricted large numbers of people to their homes in the United Kingdom, the government has taken steps to help people with vitamin D deficiency.
Chief Nutritionist of Public Health England (PHE), Dr. Alison Tedstone stated that vitamin D is essential for the human body and it affects bone and muscle health. “We recommend that everyone, especially the elderly, those who do not quit and those with dark skin, take a vitamin D supplement containing 10 micrograms (400IU) every day,” he said.
An advice from PHE also suggested year-round vitamin D supplements, commonly available at supermarkets, pharmacies and retailers for people at high risk of deficiency. The suggested dosage is 10mg every day between the months of October and March.
Although several studies have found that vitamin D may have a positive effect in protecting from Kovid-19, concrete evidence has not yet been found. The official statement said that the research and findings currently being carried out are expected to come out by the end of the year.
On Friday, 16,022 new Kovid-19 infections and 521 deaths were reported in the UK, with a total of 1,589,301 cases and 57,551 deaths.
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