Drug Design, Development and Therapy (Aug 2020)

A Single Large Dose of Vitamin D Could be Used as a Means of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Prevention and Treatment

  • Liu G,
  • Hong T,
  • Yang J

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Vol. Volume 14
pp. 3429 – 3434


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Guoqiang Liu, Tianpei Hong, Jin Yang Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing 100191, People’s Republic of ChinaCorrespondence: Jin Yang Tel +86-10-82266722Email [email protected]: There is no specific and effective medication for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and avaccine is not available in recent months. Here, we hypothesize that a single large dose of vitamin D (Vit D) could be an option for trial in COVID-19. Vit D deficiency or insufficiency is very common in the general population as well as in patients with COVID-19. It has been shown that low Vit D level is associated with viral infection, and Vit D supplementation is beneficial for people infected with viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis C virus. Although COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, the morbidity and mortality of this disease are driven by coagulopathy. Clinical studies have shown that Vit D can exert anticoagulant effects. Vit D, a lipid-soluble vitamin, can be administered as a draught. Vit D supplementation is safe and has rare toxic events. In addition, the cost of Vit D is fairly low. Based on these observations, we speculate that a single dose of 300,000 IU Vit D may have a role in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.Keywords: vitamin D, large dose, coronavirus disease 2019