CORONAVIRUS Risk Factors Are The Main Driver Of Public Health Policy Which Aims To Minimise The Harm Caused By The Pathogen.

CORONAVIRUS Risk Factors Are The Main Driver Of Public Health Policy Which Aims To Minimise The Harm Caused By The Pathogen.

New research suggests there may be another risk factor soon added to the category: your blood type.Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. It is important to note this distinction because what experts currently know about the new virus is based on modelling from similar viruses and the data thrown up by its real-time impact on human populations.

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Adding to the emerging body of research, a new study claims that that your blood type may influence your likelihood of catching the virus.

Researchers from Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University have revealed that people with blood type A may be more vulnerable to the disease than those with blood type O. To arrive at this verdict, researchers analysed 2,173 coronavirus patients, including 206 people who had died after contracting the virus. Coronavirus underlying conditions list in full: What are the underlying health conditions?

New study suggests people with blood type A may be at an increased risk Coronavirus risk factors: New study suggests people with blood type A may be at an increased risk (Image: Getty Images) They found that while type O (34 percent) blood is more common in the general population than type A (32 percent), in COVID-19 patients, people with Type O accounted for just 25 percent, whereas Type A made up 41 percent. Meanwhile, of the 206 patients who died in the study, 41 percent were found to be type A, while just 25 percent were type O. Commenting on their results, the researchers, led by Jiao Zhao, said: “Blood group O was associated with a lower risk of death compared with non-O groups. To the contrary, blood group A was associated with a higher risk of death compared with non-A groups.”

In light of their findings, the researchers suggest that additional protective measures may be needed for people that fall into the type A blood category. DON’T MISS Coronavirus named: What does COVID-19 stand for? Coronavirus name meaning [INSIGHT] Coronavirus symptoms: What is a continuous cough? [INSIGHT] Coronavirus: Can Dettol kill the virus? Disinfectants you could use against the virus [INSIGHT] They said: “People of blood group A might need particularly strengthened personal protection to reduce the chance of infection.

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“Sars-CoV-2-infected patients with blood group A might need to receive more vigilant surveillance and aggressive treatment.” However, due to the small sample size study, further evidence is needed to directly inform public action.

Speaking to South China Morning Post, Gao Yingdai, a researcher with the State Key Laboratory of Experimental Haematology in Tianjin, said: “[The study] may be helpful to medical professionals, but ordinary citizens should not take the statistics too seriously.” Additional protective measures may be needed for people that are type A blood type Coronavirus: Additional protective measures may be needed for people that are type A blood type (Image: Getty Images) Coronavirus: Dr Hilary says pandemic ‘could pan into next year’ Yingdai added:

“If you are type A, there is no need to panic. It does not mean you will be infected 100 percent. “If you are type O, it does not mean you are absolutely safe, either.

You still need to wash your hands and follow the guidelines issued by authorities.” How is blood type determined? According to the NHS, your blood group is determined by the genes you inherit from your parents. There are four main blood groups (types of blood) – A, B, AB and O. People aAged 70 or older are at an increased risk Coronavirus risk People aAged 70 or older are at an increased risk (Image: Getty Images) “Blood group O is the most common blood group. Almost half of the UK population (48 percent) has blood group O,” says the health body.

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Officially recognised at-risk groups Public Health England says you at risk if you are: Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions) Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds): Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure Chronic kidney disease Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease,motor neurone

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