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Does Your Blood Type Raise Your COVID-19 Risk?

Dear Reader, 

 I’m sure you’re getting tired of hearing about the new coronavirus by now. But because it’s such a huge health concern for our entire world, I feel compelled to make sure you’ve got the facts. 

 Because let’s face it, there’s a LOT of misinformation out there. 

 I’m sure you’re aware that those who are at a higher risk include the elderly, people with underlying health conditions, or a compromised immune system. 

 But what you might not know is that your blood type can also be a factor in which risk category you’re in. 

 Here are the facts and what you can do if your blood type raises your risk of getting COVID-19.  

 Researchers analyzed blood samples from nearly 2,200 COVID-19 patients alongside tens of thousands of healthy persons. They found that those with A-type blood were at a significantly higher risk of getting the virus. Whereas those with O blood types had a much lower risk. 

 The link between coronavirus risk and blood type is believed to be linked to certain antibodies found in the blood. 

 This research suggests that people with type A blood may need more aggressive care and treatment if they do get the virus.  

 The scientists also urge that, if this is your blood type, you should take extra precautions  to protect yourself. Only go out in public if it is absolutely necessary. Reports show that the virus can live on surfaces from hours to even days — so limiting your external exposure is key. 

 If you do need to go out, wear gloves, but be sure to dispose of them and not reuse, as this could carry the virus to other surfaces. Once you are home remove your shoes and wash your clothes to get rid of any germs that may be travelling on the fabric. 

 Consider ordering your groceries and other necessities online as this will limit your risk. You could also have a friend or a family member who is not sick do your shopping for you. 

 If you do order items online and have them delivered (including your mail) consider wiping it down with a disinfectant.  

 Avoid touching your face and be sure to use hand sanitizer or, even better, wash your hands frequently. Hand washing is still the number one way to slow the spread of this pandemic and fight germs in general. 

 Lastly, if your blood type puts you in a higher risk category, this is not reason to panic. By just taking the steps listed above and limiting your time in public will help keep you safe.