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Blood type could be a factor determining the worsening of the airways in a patient with COVID-19

June 22, 2020

One study found that patients with blood group A were more likely to need breathing aid.

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Blood type could be a factor determining the worsening of the airways in a patient with COVID-19Blood type could be a factor determining the worsening of the airways in a patient with COVID-19


Researchers of the university Keel, Germany, examined severely coronavirus patients and compared them to a group of people who were free from the disease. The results showed that those infected with Blood group A. have up to fifty% more likely Developing respiratory failure than people with other blood types.

This research is published in the New England Journal of Medicine It grew out of the concern of the team of scientists to find out why certain people develop more severe symptoms than others while the virus is in our system.

Blood sample. Photo: Depositphotos.com

Another interesting fact that arose from the preparation of this study is that patients with blood group O are less likely to develop coronavirus and have complications with symptoms than patients with blood A.

The team of researchers led by Andre Frank, molecular geneticist at Kiel University, discovered that this connection between disease worsening in patients with certain types of genes has to do with some genetic variations of chromosomes 3 and 9.

Although it is an investigation that provides solid evidence for the cases examined, it is still not fully confirmed that an individual’s blood type is the main cause of complications in a system infected with COVID-19.