Last updated on April 19th, 2020
People with blood group A may be more susceptible to infection by the Nobel coronavirus. In contrast, those with blood group O types seem more resistant, according to a preliminary study of coronavirus infected patients in china who contracted the disease known as COVID-19.
- People with blood group A may be more vulnerable to COVID-19, study claims.
- Researchers found that of the 206 patients in the study who died, 85 had blood group A, equivalent to 41 percent of all deaths.
- Advice is still to wash your hands and follow the guidelines issued by authorities, whatever your blood group.
Medical researchers in china looked at blood group patterns of more than 2,000 people who had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus as part of the preliminary study. They found that blood group A patients showed a higher rate of infection, and they tended to develop a more severe sign and symptoms while those with the more common blood group o had a “significantly lower risk” of getting the disease.
Although the study is yet to be peer-reviewed by other academics, the team is urging media and government s to consider blood group differences when treating patients with the virus and helping prevent the spread of the disease.
People of blood group A might need particularly strengthened personal protection to reduce the chance of infection,” wrote the researchers led by wang xinghuan with the center of evidence-based and translation medicine at Zhongan hospital of Wuhan university.
“Sars-CoV-2-infected patients with blood group A might need to receive more vigilant surveillance and aggressive treatment.”
They found that while blood group O (34%) is more common in the general population in china that type A (32%), around 41% of covid-19 patients had blood type A, whereas people with type O accounted for just 25%.
In contrast, “blood group O had a significantly lower risk for the infectious disease compared with non-O blood groups,” according to a paper they published on Medrvix.org.
Of the 206 patients in the study who died, 85 had blood group A, equivalent to 41 percent of all deaths, the researchers said.
Gao yingdai, a researcher with the state key laboratory of experimental Haemtalogy in Tanjin who was not involved in the study, said the new review, “may be helpful to medical professionals, but ordinary citizens should not take the statistics too fervently.”
She added, “if you are group A, there is no need to be trepidation. It does not mean you will be vitiated 100 percent.
“if you are group O, it does not mean you are guarded, either. You still need to wash your hands and follow the guidelines issued by the World health organization (WHO).
Researchers from china said that as this coronavirus infects the lungs due to cell tropism, it is “harder to see how a virus that does not live in red blood cells (RBCs) would be impacted by your blood type.”
“it might be helpful to familiarize ABO blood typing in both patients and medical personnel as a routine part of the management of Sars-Cov-2 and other emerging coronavirus infections, to help define the management options and asses risk exposure levels of people,” wang wrote in the paper.
In the UK population, 48% have blood type O, making it the most common blood group, while 38% have blood group A.
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