MONTREAL – The federal government has invested Thursday more than $ 4 million on a research project carried out by the CHU Sainte-Justine aims to determine if vitamin D decreases well risk of catching the COVID-19.
Dr. Francine M. Ducharme intends to conduct his study with health care workers to assess whether those who are exposed to larger doses of vitamin D actually have a lower chance of being infected with the virus.
If the research team of Dr. Ducharme proves conclusive, the injection of vitamin D could become an effective way of limiting the departure on sick leave of the staff infected.
“It can be the approach the least costly and most easily applicable for prevention of infection in health care workers at risk”, can we read in a press release sent by the Sainte-Justine hospital.
Already, studies have shown that taking vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of respiratory diseases, especially in people who consumed just before.
Possible to get the virus twice?
In addition to the research of Dr. Ducharme, four projects involving researchers from Saint-Justine granted Thursday by a grant from the federal government. These sums have been distributed in the framework of a new program created to accelerate the studies on the COVID-19.
It is as well as a study led by Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh , renowned epidemiologist and pediatrician, was able to touch Thursday in the amount of $ 2.1 million, noted the CHU Sainte-Justine.
His research project, which is expected to last a year, aims to assess whether people who have already had the COVID-19 are immunized, or if they can still catch the virus.
“Show that infection with the COVID-19 does not protect against reinfection would completely change the paradigm under which we operate currently,” suggested Dr. Quach-Thanh.
Other funded projects
Moreover, it was also announced funding of $ 2.1 million for the current study on the plasma. We seek here to determine if the transfusion of plasma of recoveries to persons who suffer from it improves the chances of healing.
A little less than a million $ has been granted to a research that will focus on the impacts of the sars coronavirus during pregnancy : a subject still very little documented.
The CHU Sainte-Justine has also indicated that a pan-canadian study aiming to identify the aggravating factors of contamination will receive $ 2.1 million of federal assistance.
These ads are part of sums totalling more than $ 100 billion spent on research to combat the COVID-19.