Blood Type Study And COVID-19

Does your blood type have anything to do with your susceptibility to viral disease or the outcome of infection? I found this study regarding blood types and COVID-19 extremely interesting.

MedRx Blood group Study re COVID-19.jpg

Here's the results:

"People with blood group A have a significantly higher risk for acquiring COVID-19 compared with non-A blood groups, whereas blood group O has a significantly lower risk for the infection compared with non-O blood groups."

This begged the question, has this been done with other viruses? The answer is Yes! Who knew? I sure didn't. Here's two examples:

Your Blood Type Might Influence Your Risk of Getting the Stomach Flu - Live Science

The effect of ABO blood groups on the incidence of epidemic influenza and on the response to live attenuated and detergent split influenza virus vaccines. - The National Institute Of Health

Do a search and you'll see. So why is this? What's the difference between the blood types that makes a difference when it comes to viral infections? Well, According to the National Institute Of Health...

"Differences in blood group antigen expression can increase or decrease host susceptibility to many infections. Blood groups can play a direct role in infection by serving as receptors and/or coreceptors for microorganisms, parasites, and viruses."

Basically, there is a genetic difference when it comes to immune cells and therefore immune response. That is interesting!!! By the time this pandemic is over we will be all up to speed on the latest advances in science. Maybe we should receive a diploma!

LINKS:

Relationship between the ABO Blood Group and the COVID-19 Susceptibility
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.11.20031096v1

Blood Groups in Infection and Host Susceptibility
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4475644/

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