By: Justin Favaro MD, PhD
Recent articles have discussed the increased risk of serious illness from coronavirus in patients that have Type A blood.
As you know there are 4 main blood types:
- Type A
- Type B
- Type AB
- Type O
There are 4 main take away points from the study.
1. Studies from Wuhan and Shenzen, China have shown that a higher percentage of hospitalized coronavirus patients had type A blood compared to the general population.
2. A lower percentage of hospitalized coronavirus patients had type O blood.
3. You may have a slightly higher risk of serious coronavirus infection if you have type A blood, and slightly lower risk if you have type O blood.
4. Please remember this is a small study from China and does not necessarily apply to patients in the United States.
The bottom line. This data is very preliminary and it does not affect our recommendations: continue to wash your hands frequently, avoid crowds over 10 people, continue to employ social distancing