March 18, 2020
People with Type A blood are significantly more likely to catch coronavirus than those with Type O, Chinese academics have found.
The study in Wuhan – the epicentre of the disease – also found those with Type A blood are more likely to die from COVID-19.
In the general population Type O blood (34%) is more common than A (32%). However, among COVID-19 patients, people with Type O accounted for just 25%, whereas Type A made up 41%.
People with Type O blood made up a quarter (25 per cent) of deaths in the research. Normally, Type O people make up 32 per cent of people in Wuhan.
The controversial correlation has yet to be scrutinised by other academics in peer review and the researchers are unable to explain why infection varies by blood type.
Researchers in China assessed 2,173 people who had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, including 206 people who died after contracting the virus, from three hospitals in Hubei.
This article was posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:02 am