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Coronavirus: People with this blood group least vulnerable to COVID-19

Coronavirus: People with this blood group least vulnerable to COVID-19”

The interesting observation made in this study was that the patients with the blood group A and AB required more of the mechanical ventilation, as compared to the blood group O. Similar was the case with patients being admitted in the ICU. They discovered that blood types A and AB were at a greater risk of severe symptoms than the O or B blood types.

The researchers did not find any significant difference in rate of infection between A, B, and AB types.

Among the Covid-19 positive, they found fewer people with blood type O and more people with A, B, and AB types. People with O-blood are also capable of donating red blood cells to any other type.

The team examined almost half a million people in the Netherlands who were tested for COVID-19 between late February and late July. These patients were more prone to organ dysfunction or failure due to coronavirus. Their study matched these results against a control group 2.2 million people in the general population.

"Blood group O is significantly associated with reduced susceptibility", the authors wrote. It's the most common blood type: About 48 percent of Americans have Type O blood, according to the Oklahoma Blood Institute. An April study, too, (though it has yet to be peer-reviewed) found that among 1,559 coronavirus patients in New York City, a lower proportion than would be expected had Type O blood.

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A retrospective study of individuals tested for coronavirus showed that blood type O "may offer some protection against COVID-19 infection".

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United Kingdom, more people will suffer "debilitating" long-term after-effects of a related infection, academics have warned.

Types A and AB also needed a sort of dialysis that helps the kidneys filter blood without putting too much pressure on the heart more often than their counterparts.

"I don't think this supersedes other risk factors of severity like age and co-morbities and so forth", Dr. Mypinder Sekhon, who is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Critical Care Medicine and Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia told CNN.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.



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