Blood Type A People Need to be More Vigilant

COVID-19 treatment plans should consider blood type

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Patients with blood type A had a higher rate of SARS-CoV-2 infection and tended to get more severe COVID-19 disease symptoms reported a non-peer-reviewed study.

As well as, those with type ‘O’ had a significantly lower risk for the infectious disease’ compared to others, wrote these researchers on March 16, 2020.

Of the patients who died from COVID-19 disease in China, 85 had the A blood type, which was 63 percent more than fatalities with type O.

This fatality rate was found to exist across different age and gender groups.

This non-peer-reviewed research was led by Wang Xinghuan from the Centre for Evidence-Based and Translational Medicine at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University.

He wrote, “People of blood group A might 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.”

“Another limitation of the report is that it provides no clear explanation of the phenomenon like the molecular interaction between the virus and the blood cells,” Wang wrote.

Blood types can be identified by a specific antigen found on the red blood cells that trigger a specific immune response.

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“It might be helpful to introduce ABO blood typing in both patients and medical personnel as a routine part of the management of COVID-19 disease patients.”

Gao wrote, ‘If you are type A, there is no need to panic. It does not mean you will be infected 100 percent.”

This report does not suggest that people with blood type O are completely safe. They still need to wash their hands and take all necessary precautions laid down by the World Health Organisation.

While these researchers said the study was preliminary and more work is needed, they urged healthcare providers to consider blood type differences when planning SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus mitigation measures or treating patients with the COVID-19 disease.

This study was conducted by comparing the blood group distribution in 2,173 patients with COVID-19 confirmed by SARS-CoV-2 test from 3 hospitals in Wuhan and Shenzhen, China with that in normal people from the corresponding regions. Data were analyzed using one-way ANOVA and 2-tailed χ2 and a meta-analysis was performed by random-effects models.

An individual’s blood type depends on which genes were passed on by their parents. Your blood type is based on whether or not certain proteins are on your red blood cells. These proteins are called antigens, says Medline Plus.

Blood is often grouped according to the ABO blood typing system. Within the ABO group, four major categories are divided into 8 common blood types: A, B, O, and AB.

Additionally, Rh typing uses a method similar to ABO typing. When blood typing is done to see if you have Rh factor on the surface of your red blood cells.

COVID-19 treatment news published by Precision Vaccinations.