- DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone had the Twitter streets buzzing after she shared a tweet about Covid-19 and vitamin D
- Mazzone claimed that Covid-19 'hates' vitamin D after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced beaches would be reopening
- South Africans took to Mazzone's replies section to question the source of her information
The Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone set tongues wagging after she tweeted about Covid-19 'hating' vitamin D. She made the comment after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that beaches would be reopened.
Mazzone stated that people should be in open spaces with fresh air. She added that the closing of beaches and parks had people cramming into malls and tight spaces. South Africans took to Mazzone's replies section to share their thoughts about her tweet.
Many SAns asked Mazzone if she had any qualifications to confirm that vitamin D has an effect on Covid-19.
A January 2021 report by The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal, stated that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), in collaboration with Public Health England and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, published an updated rapid review of recent studies on vitamin D and Covid-19.
The report stated that the rapid review concluded that sufficient evidence to support vitamin D supplementation with the aim of preventing or treating Covid-19 was still lacking and that the topic should be further investigated.
Take a look at Mazzone's tweet below:
Below are some of the responses Mazzone received featuring a few of her clapbacks:
@AlastairMcA30 (A paediatric infectious diseases physician) said:
"Covid cares not for vitamin D. It neither treats nor prevents Covid-19. All we know is that those who are deficient have a more severe course, but that’s not the same thing."
"Interesting enough, since the restrictions, the number drastically dropped."
"So there's no sunlight from home Dr N Mazzone MBCHB (Benoni)?"
"There is fresh air even in our yards, it's not only on the beaches and in parks. It's everywhere."
In other DA news, Briefly.co.za recently reported that the political party has said that they would be nominating South African healthcare workers for the Nobel Peace Prize. South Africans were divided after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the team of medical experts from Cuba would be nominated by the South African government.
This, however, was seen by many as a slap in the face of South African health workers who fought on the frontlines against Covid-19.
The DA said that the nomination of the Cuban Medical Brigade came as a shock to the party. The DA added that South African healthcare workers have been working in almost impossible conditions to fight the Covid-19 infection.
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