2 studies suggest blood type O at less Covid-19 risk

Score predicts severe COVID in patients

Score predicts severe COVID in patients

"The Dublin-Boston score is easily calculated and can be applied to all hospitalized Covid-19 patients", said study author Gerry McElvaney from the RCSI University in Ireland.

They said that it can not be assumed that people who are at lower risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 are also at low risk of ongoing COVID.

The team has researched almost half a million people in the Netherland tested for COVID-19 between the period of late February and late July. Both studies were published in the journal Blood Advances this week.

"We observed this lung and kidney damage, and in future studies, we will want to tease out the effect of blood group and Covid-19 on other vital organs".

Blood groups A and AB associated with increased risk of severe clinical outcomes of COVID-19 infection People with blood groups A or AB appear to exhibit greater COVID-19 disease severity than people with blood groups O or B, according to a separate retrospective study.

The study also found that those with type A or AB blood had a median stay in the intensive care unit of 13.5 days, compared to 9 days for those with type O or B, the study found. Earlier in March, a study of over 2,100 coronavirus patients in Wuhan and Shenzhen (also not peer-reviewed) found that people with Type O blood had a lower risk of infection.

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The two significant takeaways here are that there is as yet unquestionably more information needed before any definitive conclusions can be drawn from this research, and that regardless of whether ABO blood type assumes a function in the virus's ability to contaminate somebody or cause them serious harm, it's as yet not a sufficient distinction to influence pandemic best practices for anyone.

More patients with type A and AB blood required dialysis for kidney failure, the study added.

206 who died, 85 had blood type A - equivalent to 41 per cent of all deaths.

Health officials have estimated that 60,000 people could be suffering with long-term after effects of COVID-19. Also, they are less prone to get severely sick even if they get infected. A study published in July looking at patients in five major hospitals in the state of MA found that people with blood type O were less likely to test positive for COVID-19 than those with other blood types.

The Chinese team urged medics and governments to consider blood type differences when treating patients with the virus and helping prevent the spread of the disease. Nearly half of the United Kingdom population (48%) has blood group O. "And if you're blood group O, you're not free to go to the pubs and bars".

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