Every adult in Ireland should start taking vitamin D supplements due to alarming levels of deficiency, says an Irish government report, published 7th March 2021.
The report also suggests that people should be offered vitamin D supplements when attending Covid-19 test centres.
The report is based on the views of the Covit-D Consortium of doctors from Trinity College, St James’s Hospital, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, who met the committee on 23 February.
Dr John Faul works in Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown and he contributed to the report.
“I’ve gone to the ICUs, where, I can tell you, it’s very upsetting going to people who are on ventilators and telling their families they are really in trouble. Many have died.
We did massive profiling of these people, in terms of their immune systems and biologic situation. The only thing that was really sticking out was vitamin D deficiency.
Their average vitamin D levels were 27. This was the first wave. These people had never been sick before, they had never been to doctors. That is why we need public health messaging.”
Prof John Faul, with a unit for measuring lung function,
at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin
Dr Faul adds that during the second wave of the pandemic, he saw high numbers of people in ICU with vitamin D deficiency again. “Their levels were in their low 20s.
We thought the message had got out there, but clearly people are not taking enough of the supplements. Public health officials here agree that taking up to 4,000 internal units per day is safe.”