COVID-19: Which Blood Group People Have Higher or Lower Risk of Coronavirus?
People with blood group 'A' maybe more prone to the new deadly virus infection. However, the blood type 'O' have a lower risk of contracting the virus, as per a study. Know full details inside.
The severe coronavirus continues to spread across the world. It has claimed around 175,530 lives and infected 175,530 people across 145 countries and territories. Do you know which blood group is more or less prone to this deadly virus? Read below to get complete information regarding it.
Covid-19: Blood Group
People with blood group 'A' can be more prone to the new coronavirus infection. However, the blood type 'O' have a lower risk of contracting the virus, as per a study by the South China Morning Post (SCMP). In this study, the blood group of patients in China who contracted the disease was studied.
Researchers led by Wang Xinghuan with the Centre for Evidence-Based & Translational Medicine at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University looked at blood group patterns of over 2,000 infected patients in Wuhan and Shenzhen. It was found that blood type A patients showed a higher rate of infection & developed more severe symptoms. Out of 206 patients, 85 had type A blood - 63% more than 52 with type O.
The authors said, "People of blood group A may need particularly strengthened personal protection to reduce the chance of infection. Sars-CoV-2-infected patients with blood group A might need to receive more vigilant surveillance and aggressive treatment.”
Which blood group has higher risk of coronavirus?
The study which is yet to be peer reviewed also said, "Blood group O had a significantly lower risk for the infectious disease compared with non-O blood groups."
As per a study in the US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 'O' is the most common blood group (37.12 per cent) in India, followed by B at 32.26 per cent, then A at 22.88 per cent & AB was the least prevalent group at 7.74 per cent.
In the US, around 44% of the population is type O, while about 41% is type A. Wang wrote, "It might be helpful to introduce ABO blood typing in both patients and medical personnel as a routine part of the management of coronavirus and other coronavirus infections, to help define the management options & assess risk exposure levels of people".
The recent study stated, in the case of 72,000 Chinese coronavirus patients, the overall fatality rate was 2.3% but in the case of adults more than 80, the same rate increased to 15%.
Doctors believe that the virus has "equal potential to penetrate and spread", irrespective of the gender. But, different data show that more men are infected by the virus than women.
So, if you are type O Blood Group then it does not mean you are absolutely safe. You must follow all safety guidelines issued by the local authorities and stay safe.