New study says people with blood type A more likely to catch the coronavirus

Friday, March 20, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Evangelyn Rodriguez
Friday, March 20, 2020

People with blood type A have a significantly higher risk of getting infected by the coronavirus than people with other blood types. Meanwhile, those with type O blood, the most common blood type, have a much lower risk. These findings were reported by Chinese researchers on Monday in a study posted on the pre-print server for health sciences, medRxiv.

According to the researchers, who looked at the relationship between different blood types and susceptibility to the coronavirus in two heavily affected regions in China, the number of infected patients whose blood type is A far eclipsed the number of cases involving other blood types, despite type O being the most predominant blood type among a sample population from Wuhan.

Your blood type may dictate your risk for infection

To determine how blood type is associated with infection risk, the researchers looked at a total of 2,173 cases of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — from three hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and Shenzhen, one of the first cities struck by the coronavirus outside of Hubei Province. Of the 13 million people residing in the city, more than one million are said to be from different parts of Hubei Province and more than 70,000 are from Wuhan.

The researchers reported that of the more than 2,000 cases they examined, 1,888 came from two hospitals from Wuhan, including 206 who were reported dead, and 285 came from a hospital in Shenzhen. They compared the distribution of blood types in these confirmed cases with the distribution of A, B, AB and O blood types in a sample population of normal people.

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