Individuals with certain blood types are more susceptible to the deadly COVID-19 virus and tend to show more severe symptoms, breakthrough research has found.
According bawkuonline.com sources, researchers in China have found that people with blood type A are more vulnerable to the strain of coronavirus, whereas people with type O seem to be more resistant.
After analysing the blood patterns of more than 2,000 infected patients in China, the researchers found that those with type A blood showed a higher rate of infection and developed more severe symptoms. Those with O type tended to experience more mild symptoms from the disease, also called Sars-CoV-2.
Wang Xinghuan, with the Centre for Evidence-Based and Translational Medicine at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, stated: “People of blood group A might need particularly strengthened personal protection to reduce the chance of infection.“
“Sars-CoV-2-infected patients with blood group A might need to receive more vigilant surveillance and aggressive treatment.”
In contrast, “blood group O had a significantly lower risk for the infectious disease compared with non-O blood groups”, according to a report they published on Medrxiv.org.
Of those involved in the study who had died from the disease, which was 206, 85 were type A blood and 52 had type O blood.
Gao Yingdai, a researcher with the State Key Laboratory of Experimental Haematology in Tianjin who was not involved in the study, said the new study “may be helpful to medical professionals, but ordinary citizens should not take the statistics too seriously.”
She added: “If you are type A, there is no need to panic. It does not mean you will be infected 100 percent.“
“If you are type O, it does not mean you are absolutely safe, either. You still need to wash your hands and follow the guidelines issued by authorities.”
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