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Covid-19 infection with hardly any symptoms - thanks to the tanning bed?
You have all the characteristics of someone who can become deathly ill from infection with the dreaded covid-19 virus, yet infection has little effect on your health. All you notice is a dry cough. This may be thanks to some artificial UVb-radiation from a tanning bed, which has provided a decent vitamin D level. This is suggested by a case study that Martina Kralj, a dermatologist from Karlovac General Hospital in Croatia, will soon publish in Clinical Case Reports.
The man has all the characteristics of someone who comes into a ICU because of infection with Covid-19 virus. Not only is he over 65 and male, but obese too. He has smoked a lot in the past, and stopped 6 years ago. He is a type-2 diabetic, has high blood pressure, and is on medication for both conditions.
The man also has a joint disease for which he is on heavy medication and which compromises his immune system. And during the investigation, to top it all off, it comes to light that he probably has a kidney defect.
This was remarkable. Why didn't this man end up in the ICU?
A possible explanation is that the man has a relatively high vitamin D level. His blood contained 92.2 nanomoles of 25-OH vitamin D3 per liter. The man was due to the effect of the UVb treatment that he had been receiving for several months to combat a skin disorder.
Vitamin D increases the activity and production of T-reg cells.