We are all aware that Covid-19 is still at large and is a virus that needs more extensive studying. Like most viruses, they have years of research and medication is still being made till this day for different variants of it.
In a recent study of a scientific journal titled Blood Advances, it is believed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 has a natural blood type preference.
So, what blood type is likely to get infected with Covid-19?
According to the study, those of blood type A are likely to get infected with the virus.
The receptor binding domain (RBD) of SARS-CoV-2 attaches itself to the host cell and it leads to infection. Scientist found it interesting as it had no preference towards red blood cells which were in the game group or other respiratory and red blood cells in type B and O blood.
Co-author Sean Stowell said, "It is interesting that the viral RBD only really prefers the type of blood group A antigens that are on respiratory cells, which are presumably how the virus is entering most patients and infecting them”.
Although the findings are very eye-opening, there is still no way to predict the impact of Covid-19 on people. Do note that just because it’s more attracted to blood type A doesn’t mean that those who have blood type B and O are immune to getting the virus. The study only suggests that those of blood type A are more “attractive” for the SARS-CoV-2.
Past studies show that blood types do matter to an extent.
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Back in October 2020, a study was also conducted by Blood Advances to identify the blood types infection rates versus the covid-19 virus. To the scientist surprise, the result of the study states that blood type O are least likely to get infected as they are the “most protected” from it.
Blood type O people be like…
"Blood type is a challenge because it is inherited and not something we can change," said Stowell.
"But if we can better understand how the virus interacts with blood groups in people, we may be able to find new medicines or methods of prevention."
It’s pretty interesting to see that blood types can play a role in determining if a person can catch the disease or is likely to be more protected from it. But do note, just because you fall in the blood type B or O doesn’t mean that you should take the virus lightly as you can still be infected. You should always practice the SOP’s and you’ll be fine.
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