Vitamin D deficiency may be a significant factor in the disproportionate number of deaths experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people who contracted and died from the virus in Europe and the USA. This has been in stark contrast to the total of 7500 blacks who have died on the continent of Africa as a whole. Compared to the number of deaths in Europe and the USA, 7500 pales in significance.
The recent Public Health England review into why BAME people are especially badly affected, did not review the role of diet or vitamin D.
The UK Government has now asked The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) to look at the latest research linking vitamin deficiencies with poor outcomes. In particular, it will study recent evidence on vitamin D and acute respiratory tract infection in the general population.