• Rob Orman

26. COVID-19: Vitamin D, Aspirin, Restaurants, and Exercise with Infection

In this Thursday Thump: Is there a role for aspirin in COVID? Does vitamin D reduce the chance of getting COVID or being sicker once you have it? Association between going to a restaurant and testing positive. Cardiac injury in athletes after mild and asymptomatic infection.

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We Discuss:

  • Is there a role for aspirin in COVID infection? [01:42] ;

  • The evidence for and against vitamin D in COVID infection [03:15];

  • COVID positive patients have increased odds of having been to a restaurant compared to COVID negative [09:57];

  • Understanding odds ratio [11:00];

  • Exercise with active covid infection isn’t a good idea [13:00];

  • Potential risks of exercise after COVID infection [14:00];

  • Ohio State University is going to get cardiac MRI on athletes to screen them for return to play [17:00];

  • Gadolinium Deposition Disease might or might not be a thing [17:54];

  • More.



  • Alegbeleye, Bamidele Johnson, et al. "The Novel Aspirin as Breakthrough Drug for COVID-19: A Narrative Review." Iberoamerican Journal of Medicine AheadOfPrint (2020): 0-0.

Vitamin D

  • Ali, Nurshad. "Role of vitamin D in preventing of COVID-19 infection, progression and severity." Journal of infection and public health (2020). Full text link

  • Raharusun, Prabowo. "Patterns of COVID-19 Mortality and Vitamin D: An Indonesian Study." Available at SSRN 3585561 (2020).

  • De Smet, Dieter, et al. "Vitamin D deficiency as risk factor for severe COVID-19: a convergence of two pandemics." MedRxiv (2020).

  • Merzon, Eugene, et al. "Low plasma 25 (OH) vitamin D level is associated with increased risk of COVID‐19 infection: an Israeli population‐based study." The FEBS journal 287.17 (2020): 3693-3702.

  • Darling, Andrea L., et al. "Vitamin D status, body mass index, ethnicity and COVID-19: Initial analysis of the first-reported UK Biobank COVID-19 positive cases (n 580) compared with negative controls (n 723)." MedRxiv (2020).

  • Pombal, Rui, Ian Hosegood, and David Powell. "Risk of COVID-19 During Air Travel." JAMA. Full text

COVID in restaurants

  • Lu, Jianyun, et al. "COVID-19 outbreak associated with air conditioning in restaurant, Guangzhou, China, 2020." Emerging infectious diseases 26.7 (2020): 1628.

  • Nebraska med write up on commonalities of super spreader events. Full text

Myocarditis and COVID

  • Rajpal, Saurabh, et al. "Cardiovascular magnetic resonance findings in competitive athletes recovering from COVID-19 infection." JAMA cardiology (2020).

  • Kuruvilla, Sujith, et al. "Late gadolinium enhancement on cardiac magnetic resonance predicts adverse cardiovascular outcomes in nonischemic cardiomyopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis." Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging 7.2 (2014): 250-258.

  • Wired article on COVID and exercise Full Text

Gadolinium deposition disease

  • Harvey, H. Benjamin, Vrushab Gowda, and Glen Cheng. "Gadolinium deposition disease: a new risk management threat." Journal of the American College of Radiology 17.4 (2020): 546-550.

  • Semelka, Richard C., et al. "Gadolinium deposition disease: initial description of a disease that has been around for a while." Magnetic resonance imaging 34.10 (2016): 1383-1390.

  • Smith, Tyler E., Andrew Steven, and Bridget A. Bagert. "Gadolinium deposition in neurology clinical practice." Ochsner Journal 19.1 (2019): 17-25.

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