Coronavirus: People with blood type A at higher risk, studies suggest

Coronavirus Blood Type A and O , China COVID 19 , Shenzhen , Wuhan

People with blood type A are more vulnerable to the Coronavirus infection, while those with blood type O seem more resistant, a preliminary study based on the patients in China, who were diagnosed with COVID 19, stated. As per the study, the Chinese medical researchers collected blood group patterns of more than 2,000 patients diagnosed with the coronavirus in Wuhan and Shenzhen, to study their behavior.

Later, the samples were compared to healthy locals. Meanwhile, it was found that patients with blood type A showed a higher vulnerability rate of infection and seemed to show more severe symptoms.

The researchers stated that the study was preliminary while there is still a lot to do. Likewise, the researchers urged the government officials and medical authorities to consider blood type differences as an important metric, while planning to treat patients with the virus known as Sars-CoV-2.

The researchers led by Wang Xinghuan with the Centre for Evidence-Based and Translational Medicine at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University wrote that people of blood type A might need to take special precautions to reduce the chance of being infected by the virus.

Coronavirus-infected patients with blood type A might need more surveillance and aggressive treatment. However, blood group O had a lower risk for COVID 19 as compared to other blood groups. As per the report, out of 206 patients who died from coronavirus in Wuhan, 85 of them were of blood type A, which was 63 percent more than the 52 with blood type O.

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So far, over 198,590 cases have been reported across the globe, with 7,988 deaths. Meanwhile, 82,779 people have been recovered so far.

-PTC News