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The NICE, SIGN and RCGP expert advisory panel rapid guideline on the long term effects of Covid-19 advises doctors to offer some blood tests. Unfortunately, these tests do not include blood levels of essential nutrients. They ignore the vital need to replete of dangerously low Vitamin D levels which are very common in those with darker skins and in pregnant women and women taking hormones.[2,3]
Numerous rapid responses about Covid-19 and Vitamin D deficiency are still being ignored. The inexplicable neglect of testing levels of basic biochemical essential nutrients must stop – the sooner the better for all of us.
1 Practice Guidelines Managing the long term effects of covid-19: summary of NICE, SIGN, and RCGP rapid guideline. BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n136 (Published 22 January 2021)Cite this as BMJ 2021;372:n136