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Does your blood group make you less vulnerable to Coronavirus?

Do You Know Your Blood Type? As Individuals With Blood Group O are at Lower Risk of Infection from COVID-19.

Since the emergence of the Coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 in December 2019, around 38.5 million COVID-19 cases have been reported from all over the world and death stood to 1.1 million so far. According to WHO, symptoms like fever, dry cough, tiredness are common among COVID-19 patients but the severe symptoms include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement. Risk of contracting COVID-19 may be associated with age, sex, and other comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and many more.

New Research Suggesting a Significant Connection between Blood Group Type and COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).

New research has been published giving the evidence that there may be an association between the ABO blood group types and susceptibility to COVID-19. In the study, researchers experimented by comparing data of Danish Health Registries from blood groups of 473,654 individuals tested for COVID-19 and to data from the general population of more than 2.2 million people as a control group. In the result, it is surprising to note that they found only fewer people with blood type O are COVID-19 positive and there are more infected patients with blood type A, B and AB.

“Our findings of similar relative protection by blood group O in young individuals, in health care personnel, and individuals without a registered cardiovascular diagnosis suggest that associations between non-O blood groups and comorbidities do not explain the apparent protection enjoyed by group O individuals”, reported by Zietz and Tatonetti.

Major Highlights of the Study:
• People with blood type A, B and AB are more susceptible to COVID-19 than the individual with blood group O.
• No significant difference found in the rate of infection between blood type A, B, and AB.
• Researchers found that patients having blood type A or AB require major mechanical ventilation and are at a high risk of lung injury from COVID-19 and also require dialysis for kidney failure.
• This research also suggests that due to COVID-19, patients with these two blood types are more likely to be at risk of organ failure or dysfunction than those of patients with O and B blood groups.
• As blood group AB lack both antibodies (Anti-A and Anti-B), the blood group AB has the highest RR for infection.

This article has been written by our guest contributor, Ms Papiya Roy and Mr PinakPani Kaunda. You can check their other works on their website dedicated to health and fitness at “www.Healthacea.in

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