"U.S. Army Spc. Erica Corley, with the Armed Services Blood Bank Center, organizes blood vials at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 15, 2013, during a blood drive in support of Operation Damayan" by LCpl Austin Schlosser / Public Domain

Some Blood Types May Be Slightly More Susceptible to COVID-19, Paper Suggests

Mar 19, 2020

By Jacinta Bowler

There’s a new bit of information about COVID-19 you may have heard. Those with type A blood are more susceptible to the new coronavirus, according to headlines. But how reliable is this info, and should you be changing your behaviour?

First thing’s first: the information does come from a study, but one that has not yet been peer-reviewed, and is currently available on the pre-print server medRxiv. In fast-evolving situations such as this pandemic, accessing research ahead of peer-review is not necessarily a bad thing, but we do need to keep this in mind.

The study was undertaken by Chinese researchers and focused on 2,173 patients with COVID-19 from three hospitals in Wuhan and Shenzhen.

The team looked at the distribution of blood types in the normal population in each area, and then compared it to their sample of patients with the virus, again in each area.

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