More than 2.5 million Britons get free vitamin D

The government will provide them with the elderly and chronic patients

More than 2.5 million UK residents will receive free vitamin D, writes The Guardian. The government will provide them with the elderly and chronic patients – they practically did not leave their homes during the pandemic, so they may face a deficiency of the “solar” vitamin in the body.

Deliveries will begin in January 2021. Nursing homes will receive a four-month supply of vitamin D automatically, and people at risk will need to give their consent for mail delivery. “Thanks to the new support program, people will be able to improve their health during the winter and the burden on the NHS will be reduced”– said UK Health Minister Matt Hancock.

The Health Service of England (PHE) recommends taking 10 mcg of vitamin D daily between October and March. This is especially true for those who rarely go out, people with a dark skin color and the elderly. In the spring and summer, many people get enough of it, because it is produced in the body when direct sunlight hits the skin.

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London are researching whether vitamin D can reduce the risk of coronavirus or the severity of the disease.

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