Coronavirus: Are Some Blood Types More Susceptible?


Does blood type increase or decrease someone's chances of getting coronavirus? ER physician Dr. Travis Stork appeared on Fox Business "Cavuto Coast To Coast” to weigh in.

According to one study which looked at patients with coronavirus in two cities in China, those with type A blood were reportedly more susceptible to coronavirus/COViD-19 and those with type O blood were reportedly less susceptible. 

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Dr. Travis says this brand new information points to how quickly our understanding of coronavirus is evolving day by day and also to how little we actually know about it. He says despite your blood type, "This is the time to take action right now because realistically, we are all at risk." He notes that just a week ago most people thought younger individuals were not at risk, and that has not proved to necessarily be true. He stresses that coronavirus has been found in people of all blood types.

"This is the time to respect this virus," he continues, imploring people to practice the best preventive actions, including social distancing.

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The Doctors note that this information comes from just 1 study and not been peer-reviewed, and also people from every blood type can and have been infected with the coronavirus. The study theorizes this may be due to certain antibodies in the blood and notes further studies will need to be conducted.

Dr. Travis is also asked whether taking supplements to boost your immune system, can help someone avoid getting coronavirus, and he says things like washing your hands, not touch your face, eating healthy foods, and adequate sleep are the best ways help your body's immune system.  

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See more from Dr. Travis' appearance on "Cavuto Coast To Coast" and listen to the full episode of "The Doctors Podcast with Travis Stork" now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and TuneIn.

*Stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.

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