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Blood Type May Protect From COVID-19

There is new evidence that blood type “O” individuals, and Rh (-) negative individuals have a slightly lower risk of being infected AND developing severe illness and death from Covid-19.

Read this research out of Canada, which is published is in the Annals of Internal Medicine

In another study, Adam Auton, PhD, principal scientist at 23andMe, analyzed genetic data from more than 800,000 of the company’s customers. This analysis also found that type “O” blood showed a protective effect against acquiring the virus vs. all other blood types. Patients in the study with that blood type were also less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19.

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“ABO blood groups are increasingly recognized to influence susceptibility to certain viruses, including SARS-CoV-1 and norovirus,” Torben Barington, MD, professor of medicine at Odense University Hospital and University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues wrote. “A, B and AB individuals are also at increased risk for thrombosis and cardiovascular diseases, which are important comorbidities among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, possibly mediated by glycosylation of proteins involved in hemostasis.”

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Justin Groode MD | Patient Advocate Alliance LLC

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