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Sunbathing could reduce the risk of dying from Covid-19, new study finds

Sunbathing could cut the risk of dying from Covid, according to new research. Scientists say it causes the skin to release a chemical that alleviates symptoms, and the phenomenon also dampens inflammation.

Dr Richard Weller, of the University of Edinburgh, said of the study: "There is still so much we don't understand about Covid-19, which has resulted in so many deaths worldwide. "These early results open up sunlight exposure as one way of potentially reducing the risk of death." The findings are based on people living in England, Italy and the US.

The study found regions in the US with the highest level of UVA rays - which makes up 95 per cent of the sun's ultraviolet light - had fewer Covid deaths.

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