National Round-up: People with blood type O less likely to contract COVID-19

Kaukab Tahir Shairani
October 15th, 2020

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Blood type can have an effect (photo: Pixabay/happypixel19)

A new study reveals that people with the three less common blood types – A, B and AB – are likely to contract COVID-19, TV2 reports

Those with blood type O have a 13 percent lower risk of contracting the virus than others. Around 42 percent of Denmark’s population have blood type O.

The research has been compiled by experts from various Danish blood banks, Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark.

‘People remain at risk regardless of blood type’
Torben Barington, a professor at Odense University Hospital who headed the study, maintains that people are still at risk despite the findings.

“The reduced risk is small,” he said. “Everyone should still adhere to health recommendations regardless of blood type.”

The findings of the study are based on data from 2.7 million people listed in Denmark’s healthcare system.

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Government encourages home owners to go climate-friendly
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Increased demand for flu vaccines
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Pressure to ban mink farming due to concerns of mutation
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