Among them are Professor Colin Smith, the University of Brighton’s Professor of Functional Genomics, who said: “There are currently some very misleading articles doing the rounds on social media about mega doses of vitamin D as a COVID-19 protective measure - which are not true - and hence the urgent need to inform the public.”
But Professor Smith, from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Devices, added: “In lockdown, many of us are not getting enough vitamin D – either from the sun or from the diet – and it is important that we all get enough vitamin D3 via supplements.
“In addition to maintaining healthy bones and muscles, vitamin D3 is very important for maintaining a healthy immune system. A balanced response by the body to infection by the coronavirus is very important, since an over-reaction of the immune system to the virus can be just as dangerous as a weak immune response.”
Professor Smith and colleagues from around the UK have written in the BMJ journal Nutrition, Prevention and Health with key messages: