NOTE: I'm not a doctor. This page is for informational purposes only. Please consult with your doctor re. this information and how it applies to you.
Here is some good information from a retired respiratory therapist. This information was given to me and I've simply copied and shared it here with some minor spelling corrections. As always, consult your doctor. This is for informational purposes only.
Since they are calling on Respiratory Therapists to help fight the Corona virus, and I am a retired one, too old to work in a hospital setting, I'm going to share some common sense wisdom with those that have the virus and are trying to stay home. If my advice is followed as given, you will improve your chances of not ending up in the hospital on a ventilator. This applies to the otherwise generally healthy population, so use discretion.
I've been doing these things for myself and my family for over 40 years and it has kept us out of the hospital. All are healthy and still living today.
Thank you for sharing this information. We have got to help one another right now.
I got Covid-19 in the Spring of 2021. I credit my vitamin D supplement with helping me pull through unscathed, and encourage everyone to get their vitamin D levels tested and start taking a supplement if you're low.
Here are some helpful links:
TL;DR - Be careful as you can take too much vitamin D resulting in vitamin D toxicity, so only ever take vitamin D supplements as recommended.
Vitamin D is fat-soluble, which means that it works differently than a water-soluble vitamin like C. Basically, fat-soluble vitamins take time to accumulate and they also remain in the body for a longer period of time after you stop taking them, so this means you may start taking D and your levels will slowly rise over weeks/months, whereas C goes right through you and doesn’t really accumulate, hence you can take a ton and not hurt yourself.
But with vitamin D, since it ramps up and remains in the body and will slowly diminish in the blood stream over time if you stop taking it, it does mean you can take too much. So best to start taking a high does for a bit to let it build up and then diminish the dosage or take it every other day or every few days once your levels are good. A doctor can give you a blood test that will determine your levels, but just an FYI that vitamin D toxicity is a danger, but only long term.
So basically just something to keep in mind - long term, don’t take a vitamin D supplement + a multi vitamin with a ton of D in it + other sources because you can give yourself too much. But you also don’t need to be afraid - I’ve taken 5000 IU (one of those capsules I linked above) every other day or so since 2015 and it’s the sweet spot for me.