A lot of treatments are being analyzed for the COVID-19, the diseases triggered by the novel coronavirus these days. Also, it’s worth noting that experts all over the world have joined minds and are working to find a vaccine.
Now, it seems that some of us might have protection from an unexpected place.
Fox News revealed that the preliminary results from an ongoing study are suggesting that people with a certain blood type may have some protection against the novel coronavirus.
Back in April, not too long after the pandemic began, the genetic testing company called 23andMe started using the testing services in order to help experts better understand the ways in which genetics plays a role in the reasons for which some people who are contracting the new virus develop severe infections while others only develop mild symptoms or none at all.
It’s been just reported that this week, the company released early results from the study, which involved more than 750,000 participants.
“Preliminary data from 23andMe’s ongoing genetic study of COVID-19 appears to lend more evidence for the importance of a person’s blood type — determined by the ABO gene — in differences in the susceptibility to the virus,” the company stated.
Type O blood protects against the virus
Long story short, type O blood seems to have the ability to be protective against the novel virus.
It also seems that some early results are showing the fact that people with type O blood are between 9 and 18% less likely to test positive for COVID-19 when compared to the other blood types.
“These findings hold when adjusted for age, sex, body mass index, ethnicity, and co-morbidities,” the company said.
They continued and explained that it “appeared to be little differences in susceptibility among the other blood types.”
The experts also mentioned the fact that there’s a link between COVID-19, cardiovascular diseases, and blood clotting. You can find out more about this in Bloomberg’s article.