Table of contents:
- Is it true that blood type A is more susceptible to COVID-19?
- How to Prevent COVID-19 for All Blood Types?
There is a rumor circulating that blood type A is a blood type that is susceptible to COVID-19. Meanwhile, blood type O is said to be more immune and has a lower risk of being infected with this virus. However, is this true or is it just a hoax?
Blood type is determined based on the type of antigen attached to red blood cells. The blood type of each individual is inherited from the genes of both parents. Based on the type of antigen, blood types are divided into blood groups A, B, AB, and O.
However, there is an assumption that someone with blood type A is said to be more at risk of getting infected with the Corona virus when compared to other blood types. This is because blood type A is considered a blood type that is susceptible to COVID-19.
Is it true that blood type A is more susceptible to COVID-19?
Previously, it should be emphasized first that the claim regarding the blood type that is susceptible to COVID-19 cannot be confirmed. The statement comes from a study using data on COVID-19 patients in two Chinese cities, namely the cities of Wuhan and Shenzhen.
This study found that the percentage of COVID-19 patients with blood type A was higher than patients with blood type O, which was 37.75% compared to 28.80%.
The difference is quite significant, so the researchers concluded that people with blood type A are more susceptible to Corona virus infection. And vice versa, people with blood type O are at lower risk of developing this disease.
However, keep in mind that research on the risk of getting COVID-19 based on blood type has only been carried out once and only on a small number of sufferers. In addition, there are still some limitations in this study which make the results need to be studied further before they can be confirmed.
So, it's still too early to say that blood type A is a blood type that is more susceptible to COVID-19 compared to blood type O.
How to Prevent COVID-19 for All Blood Types?
Keep in mind that a person's susceptibility to any viral infection is affected by the strength of his or her immune system. A weak immune system, for example due to old age or chronic illness, can make a person more susceptible to infection with the virus.
Although there is an assumption that certain blood groups are susceptible to COVID-19, whatever blood type you have, you still have to take maximum precautions so you don't get infected easily.
Steps to prevent COVID-19 can be done by implementing the 5M protocol, namely wearing masks, maintaining distance, washing hands, avoiding crowds, and reducing mobility.
You can also use hand sanitizer to clean your hands, if conditions don't allow washing your hands. In addition, don't forget to get the COVID-19 vaccine and complete the dose to reduce the risk of contracting the Corona virus infection and prevent the symptoms from getting worse.
If you still have questions about blood types that are susceptible to COVID-19, both in terms of symptoms and prevention, don't hesitate to chat with doctors directly on the ALODOKTER application. You can also make an appointment with a doctor at the hospital through this application.