Consultants have been requested by Well being Secretary Matt Hancock to hold out a fast assessment of present proof after some research advised vitamin D could also be efficient in opposition to coronavirus.
The Nationwide Institute for Well being and Care Excellence (Good), which led the fast assessment, stated extra analysis is required, notably of high-quality randomised managed trials.
Present Public Well being England (PHE) recommendation states that folks ought to take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D day-after-day between October and early March to maintain bones and muscular tissues wholesome.
PHE additionally advises these most prone to not having sufficient vitamin D – similar to folks with darkish pores and skin or care dwelling residents – take a vitamin D complement all 12 months spherical.
Greater than 2.5 million susceptible folks throughout England have been provided free vitamin D dietary supplements this winter.
Dr Paul Chrisp, director of the centre for pointers at Good, stated: “Whereas there’s inadequate proof to advocate vitamin D for the prevention or remedy of Covid-19 right now, we encourage folks to observe Authorities recommendation on taking the complement all through the autumn and winter interval.
“As analysis continues on the impression of vitamin D on Covid-19, we’re persevering with to watch proof as it’s printed and can assessment and replace the steerage if obligatory.”
Professor Ian Younger, chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Vitamin (SACN), stated: “This proof assessment confirms that presently there’s not sufficient obtainable proof to find out that there’s a causal relationship between vitamin D and Covid-19.”
Consultants imagine folks might not have been making sufficient vitamin D from daylight this 12 months resulting from extended intervals indoors because of the pandemic.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, stated: “Vitamin D is vital for our bone and muscle well being.
“We advise that everybody, notably the aged, those that do not get outdoors and people with darkish pores and skin, takes a vitamin D complement containing 10 micrograms (400 IU) day-after-day.
“This 12 months, the recommendation is extra vital than ever with extra folks spending extra time inside.”