People with this blood type are less likely to test positive for COVID-19
Coronavirus has affected people in many different ways. Some have a number of symptoms, some only a few, and others can be asymptomatic.
While scientists and doctors are learning about the virus, a new study by 23sndMe provides information about which blood group is more or less likely to develop COVID-19.
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The data from the preliminary study with more than 750,000 participants show that the O blood group appears to protect against the virus compared to all other blood groups. They are between 9 and 18 percent less likely than people with other blood types who tested positive for COVID-19, according to the data.
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The percentage of respondents who gave a positive COVID-19 test was highest among those with the AB blood group.
There was little difference in sensitivity between the other blood types.
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And the results still apply when taking age, gender, body mass index, ethnicity and comorbidities into account.
23andMe wants to involve 100,000 people in the study.
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Both blood type data and preliminary genetic findings appear to support at least two recently published pre-print studies - one by researchers in China and the most recent by researchers in Italy and Spain who have studied the role of a particular gene Covid19 .
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