Does your blood type mean less risk of coronavirus infection? Researchers see differences between ‘O’ and ‘A’ in study

Does blood type have anything to do with likelihood of coming down with the Novel Coronavirus?

Recent studies are suggesting that there could be a link between the blood type of a person, and their individual risk of becoming infected by the coronavirus.

The study was published on Jun 17th in the New England Journal of Medicine and focuses on genetic factors in the worst cases of coronavirus. Nearly 2,000 patients were involved in the study itself, which observed that Type-O blood was associated with slightly more protection from the virus.

Meanwhile, those with Type-A blood may be more vulnerable to the disease.

“Our genetic data confirm that blood group O is associated with a risk of acquiring COVID-19 that was lower than that in non-O blood groups, whereas blood group A was associated with a higher risk than non-A blood groups,” the study authors wrote.

A separate study by Chinese researchers found similar results.

While the study offers a small insight into the ways the virus may, or may not move most-effectively, it shows the fluidity of information related to it. And at the end of the day, researchers and medical professionals agree: The findings should not modify behavior.