Midway into the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic, there have been observations by researchers wherein an individual’s blood type seems to affect how likely they are to get COVID-19. As other studies have shifted focus to the nuances of the virus, data collected from genomics experts appear to support what many have speculated. It looks like those who are type O are genetically more resistant to infections from SARS-CoV-2. While the findings are yet to be peer-reviewed, the preliminary results gathered suggest researchers might be onto something.
This potentially groundbreaking study is currently in the hands of 23andMe – a direct-to-consumer genetic testing group based in California. As of now, it is closely working with more than 750,000 volunteers to learn more about the genetic information that makes up the highly infectious virus. Some of the factors being considered are age, sex, co-morbidities, and ethnicity among others, as noted by the Independent.
Based on the results from the trials they have conducted, folks with blood type O are unlikely to get COVID-19 by 14 percent compared to other blood types. Furthermore, the former will not require hospitalisation at a rate of 19 percent in contrast to the rest. Meanwhile, there are purportedly parallel studies wherein those with the aforementioned blood type were not as susceptible as well. On the other hand, people with blood type AB were the highest among those who tested positive.
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