Why is Dr. Fauci unaware of Vitamin D insufficiency in U.S. populations hit by COVID-19?

In an interview in JAMA published online June 8, 2020, Dr. Anothony Fauci was asked about Vitamin D and COVID-19. He said,

“I think it really relates to the importance of vitamin D in host defense against infection. There’s no doubt that if you are vitamin D deficient, you might have a poor outcome or a greater chance of getting into trouble with an infection. Most people in the developed world are not vitamin D deficient, so adding additional vitamin D may not actually have a substantial clinical effect. That doesn’t lessen the importance of a normal level of vitamin D. In some of the developing countries, there have been studies with tuberculosis and other diseases. Those who are vitamin deficient, including vitamin D and vitamin A, they do worse.”
Abbasi J. Anthony Fauci, MD, on COVID-19 Vaccines, Schools, and Larry Kramer. JAMA.
Published online June 08, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.9222

While Dr. Fauci did acknowledge the importance of Vitamin D, he seems unaware that those hit hardest in the United States are populations known to be Vitamin D insufficient.

“Vitamin D insufficiency (VDI) meets every one of the above [mortality risk factors] criteria. VDI affects 80-90% of the African American population.”

Vitamin D insufficiency is prevalent in severe COVID-19 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.24.20075838v1

“While MUSC [Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) ] is not suggesting that vitamin D cures or prevents COVID-19 infection, officials say the body of prior and emerging scientific evidence would suggest that individuals with low vitamin D levels who contract COVID-19, including African Americans and elderly nursing home residents, might experience worse clinical outcomes than other groups with normal vitamin D levels.”


Instead of dismissing this as a concern only in developing countries, Dr. Fauci should be waging Vitamin D awareness campaigns, with emphasis in African American communities and nursing home facilities, and drastically reducing disease severity and fatalities.

If a “second wave” sweeps through and these populations are harmed once again because they are still Vitamin D deficient, it will be criminal.

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