Blood Type A May Be More Susceptible to Wuhan Coronavirus

RALEIGH- When it comes to COVID-19, you hope you’re not ‘just its type.’ As in, blood type. A new study out of China, where the virus is thought to have originally made the jump from animals to humans, suggests a certain blood type maybe more at risk when it comes to contracting the virus.

From Fox News:

“People with blood type A might be more vulnerable to the coronavirus, while those with type O blood could be more resistant, according to a new preliminary study from China.

Researchers studying COVID-19 in its outbreak epicenter, Wuhan, and the city of Shenzhen found the proportion of Type-A patients both infected and killed by the disease to be “significantly” higher than those with the same blood type in the general public.

Type O patients, meanwhile, made up a smaller proportion of both those infected and killed by the virus.

“People of blood group A might need particularly strengthened personal protection to reduce the chance of infection,” wrote the researchers at the Centre for Evidence-Based and Translational Medicine based out of Wuhan.

Though the team, led by Wang Xinghuan, couched the study as “preliminary,” with more work needed to be done to develop concrete findings. […]”

Read more about the preliminary study results here.

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