The clinical and epidemiological presentation of the Coronavirus pandemic is certainly very anomalous and, in search of possible contributing factors or specific risk factors, Prof. Giancarlo Isaia, Professor of Geriatrics and President of the Academy of Medicine of Turin, and Prof. Enzo Medico, Full Professor of Histology at the University of Turin, also following the recent recommendations of the British Dietetic Association, have deepened the role that the lack of Vitamin D could play, which in Italy affects a large portion of the population, especially the elderly.
Thus some data emerged which, summarized in a document (attached), already submitted to the Members of the Academy of Medicine of Turin, were deemed very interesting. In it, the authors suggest to doctors, in association with the well-known general prevention measures, to ensure adequate levels of Vitamin D in the population, but above all in those already infected, in their relatives, in healthcare personnel, in frail elderly people, in guests of welfare residences, in people under a cloister and in all those who for various reasons do not expose themselves adequately to sunlight. In addition, administration of the active form of Vitamin D, Calcitriol, intravenously in patients with COVID-19 and with particularly impaired respiratory function could also be considered