Taking Vitamin Supplements Will Not Prevent and Reduce the Risk of Death from Covid-19

Suara.com – Since the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic emerged, many people have become diligent in taking vitamin supplements to maintain their immune system.

However, a new study suggests that supplements don’t play as big a role against Covid-19 as many people think.

Experts stress that relying solely on vitamin supplements for protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection can be dangerous.

Researchers from the University of Toledo examined data from 26 studies that focused on the role of vitamins, particularly vitamins C, D and zinc, in treating COVID-19.

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They found that the vitamin did not reduce the risk of death in patients, report Health.

Illustration of taking vitamin supplements. [ANTARA/HO/Pexels]
Illustration of taking vitamin supplements. [ANTARA/HO/Pexels]

“Many people have the misconception that taking zinc, vitamin D, or vitamin C can help with COVID-19 clinical outcomes,” explains resident internal medicine Azizullah Beran, MD, of The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

That doesn’t mean you don’t need to take vitamins. However, micronutrients will not prevent or treat Covid-19.

In addition, taking vitamin supplements also needs to consult a doctor. Usually they will give a prescription if there are indications of nutritional deficiencies.

“The key to fighting Covid-19 is prevention rather than treatment. There are only three things we can do, namely vaccination, practicing physical distancing, and wearing masks,” said Beran.

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