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How blood type may affect your coronavirus risk

Some studies suggest that people with Type O blood were less likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms than people with Type A.
Recent studies have suggested that people's blood types may affect their risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus or developing a serious case of the disease. Overall, the findings indicate that people with Type O blood seem to be more protected and that those with Type A appear more vulnerable.
So does that mean some people can slack off on preventive measures while others need to ratchet them up?
Not so fast, say doctors who point out that the findings show associations, not causation — and don't indicate that any particular blood type guarantees protection.
While the findings may catch the public's attention at a time when people fatigued by the pandemic are looking for signs of hope, doctors say the results are more relevant to researchers trying to better understand the virus.
"I think something like this has much more sex appeal than it does real practical value," said Dr. Aaron Glatt, chair of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai South Nassau in New York.
Any possible influence of blood type on COVID-19 appears small compared with the substantial impact of known risk factors, such as older age and underlying health conditions, said Glatt, who is a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. "In any individual patient, if they have risk factors or they don't have risk factors, that is far, far more important," he said.
People shouldn't jump to conclusions that they are safer or not because of their blood types, he said.
"They certainly shouldn't walk around high-fiving and saying, 'I can do whatever I want, I don't have to mask, I don't have to worry about anything because I have O,'" Glatt said. "And they shouldn't crawl into a corner of the world and not let anyone near them because they have A. Everybody should practice exactly the same way, whatever your blood type is, in terms of appropriate masking and social distancing."

 
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