A new preliminary study from China, people with type A blood may be more susceptible to infection with Coronavirus. While people with type O blood can be more resistant.
Researchers who studied COVID-19 at the Outbreak Center, Wuhan, Shenzhen City, found that the percentage of Type A patients who were killed and killed as a result of the disease was much higher than those with the same blood type in the general population.
Meanwhile, patients with type O had a lower incidence of HIV-positive and dead people.
People with “blood type A” may need additional special personal protection to reduce the chance of infection, “the researchers wrote at the Evidence-Based Medicine and Translation Center in Wuhan.
Although the team, led by Wang Xinghuan, closed the study as “preliminary”, with more work needed to develop concrete results.
The study, published on Medrxiv.org, compared blood types to 2,173 cases of coronavirus infection in Wuhan and Shenzhen with more than 3,694 healthy residents in the Wuhan region.
While 31.16 percent of Wuhan residents had type A blood type, 37.75 percent of the HIV virus patients surveyed at Wuhan Genentin Local Hospital were of the same blood type.
In the same sample of hospital coronavirus cases, 25.8 percent had type O blood, compared to 33.84 percent in the general population.
The study also examined 206 patients who died from the virus, and found that 85 victims, or 41.26 per cent, were of type A, only 52 of the dead, or about a quarter of them, were of type O.
Scientists not involved in the study told the South China Morning Post that a much larger sample size was needed to guide medical practices.
“If you are Type A, do not panic. This does not mean that you will be 100 percent infected,” said the director of the city of Tianjin Gao Yingjai to the director. “If you are type O, this does not mean that you are completely safe. You still have to wash your hands and follow the instructions issued by the authorities.”
There are more than 196,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide, in addition to more than 7,800 associated deaths.
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