New studies have found that blood type of patients may affect the severity of the case. Thousands of patients were reviewed in a study that found that people with Type O blood had less severe cases than those with Type A. Researchers are unclear of what the link might be with blood types and the virus but acknowledged the connection.
The report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). “Our genetic data confirm that blood group O is associated with a risk of acquiring Covid-19 that was lower than that in non-O blood groups, whereas blood group A was associated with a higher risk than non-A blood groups,” study authors concluded.
“I do believe there is likely a connection, and the question is: What does this word ‘outcome’ mean?” said Ang Li, M.D., an assistant professor of hematology and oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. “The cases are not a study of all COVID patients versus all non-COVID patients, and it’s not a study of all severe COVID patients versus all non-severe COVID patients. It’s comparing the severe COVID patients versus everyone else without COVID. So, it’s hard to know if it’s an increased susceptibility to infection or a severity question.”
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