Vitamin D & COVID-19 Research

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At the Forefront LIVE

Apr 7, 2021

“Vitamin D and COVID-19 Prevention”

Dr. Meltzer discusses the studies and recent paper in JAMA with Dr. Raphael C. Lee on UChicago Medicine’s news show, aired on Facebook Live.

Medical News Today

Apr 1, 2021

“COVID-19: High vitamin D levels may protect Black people”

James Kingsland discusses evidence for links between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 risk in Black individuals, and discusses vitamin D supplementation and studies currently enrolling participants in this area.

WholeFoods Magazine

Mar 23, 2021

“Study Finds Association Between Vit D Levels, COVID-19 Risk in Black Individuals”

Magazine staff discuss the findings of Dr. Meltzer’s paper published in JAMA Network Open on March 19.

Chicago Sun-Times

Mar 21, 2021

“Vitamin D study to assess role in protecting Black population from COVID”

Brett Chase discusses Dr. Meltzer’s March 19 paper in Jama Network Open and describes the two studies being conducted to further this research.

JAMA Network Open

Mar 19, 2021

“Association of Vitamin D Levels, Race/Ethnicity, and Clinical Characteristics With COVID-19 Test Results”

This published observational study authored by Dr. Meltzer indicates findings that lower levels of vitamin D were associated with a 2.64-fold higher risk of a positive COVID-19 test result in Black individuals.


Feb 28, 2021

“Our Chicago: Help UChicago researchers discover if vitamin D can reduce the risks of COVID-19”

Judy Hsu interviews Dr. Meltzer about the importance of vitamin D and how Chicago residents can get involved in the current study (second video on page).

Jan 22, 2021 Lifestyle Staff describe the results of Dr. Meltzer’s retrospective study published in JAMA Network Open.

Chicago Crusader

Jan 19, 2021

Crusader staff report on the funding the CoVitD study has received from the Ingalls Foundation,  describing the study and its aims.

The Washington Post

Jan 11, 2021

Allyson Chiu lays out the existing research surrounding vitamin D and COVID-19, then explains what we don’t yet know. Despite the cautious title, she cites clinicians’ optimism about vitamin D.

Eat This, Not That!

Jan 6, 2021

Jeff Csatari cites clinical evidence for the benefits of several dietary supplements, including vitamin D.


Nov 23, 2020

Marcia Desanctis discusses the importance of vitamin D for overall health and preventing COVID-19, citing a number of recent studies including Dr. Meltzer’s.

Spectrum News

Oct 22, 2020

Erin Billups shares interviews from several physicians and researchers on the links between vitamin D, good nutrition, and COVID-19.

Daily Herald

Sept 29, 2020

A press release from Cures Within Reach, a nonprofit organization that funds medical repurposing research (including this study), describes upcoming clinical trials including the UChicago vitamin D study.


Sept 15, 2020

Can Vitamin D Reduce Your Risk of COVID-19? Doctors Say the Answer Isn’t Simple

Korin Miller describes Dr. Anthony Fauci’s vitamin D regimen, discusses the findings of Dr Meltzer’s Sept 3 JAMA article, and summarizes practical advice around vitamin D and COVID-19.

Fox News

Sept 4, 2020

“Vitamin D deficiency may increase coronavirus risk, study says”

Amy McGorry reviews findings of the UChicago observational study published in JAMA Network Open, and discusses the benefits of vitamin D and prevalence of vitamin D deficiency. 

WGN News

Sept 4, 2020

“Vitamin D & COVID-19: Dr. David Meltzer discusses benefits”

Dr. Meltzer overviews preliminary evidence for the link between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 risk, discusses future research, and advises on vitamin D supplementation and other cautionary measures.

ABC7 Chicago

Sept 3, 2020

“Vitamin D deficiency could be linked to increased risk of COVID-19, University of Chicago researchers say”

Dr. Meltzer briefly describes the just-published JAMA retrospective study linking vitamin D deficiency with higher risk of COVID-19.

UChicago Medicine: The Forefront

Sept 3, 2020

“Vitamin D deficiency may raise risk of getting COVID-19”

In a press release from UChicago, Gretchen Rubin describes the observational study just published in JAMA Network Open, a journal of the American Medical Association. 

JAMA Network Open

Sept 3, 2020

Association of Vitamin D Status and Other Clinical Characteristics With COVID-19 Test Results

Scholarly paper, co-authored by Dr. Meltzer, reports findings of an observational study of patients with COVID-19 at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

A full list of news outlets mentioning the paper is available here.

New York Times

June 10, 2020

“Exploring the Links Between Coronavirus and Vitamin D”

Anahad O’Connor writes about emerging research on vitamin D and COVID-19, including the preprint observational study from UChicago. 

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