DOH reports 539 new Covid-19 recoveries

Henrietta Strickland
October 18, 2020

Researchers from the National Institute for Health Research who reviewed the available evidence said long COVID could actually be four different syndromes.

Development of Covid-19 is associated with age, sex, and co-morbidities, such as cardiovascular diseases, although severe disease is not limited to these risk groups.

Ongoing symptoms can include breathlessness, chronic fatigue, "brain fog", anxiety and stress. Health officials don't think at this point blood type supersedes other COVID risk factors.

The findings are reported in a pair of studies published October 14 in the journal Blood Advances. Early on, a few of those studies demonstrated that one's blood type could affect the severity of the ailment, and this week, two additional studies upheld up that declaration.

"The Dublin-Boston score is effectively determined and can be applied to all hospitalized Covid-19 patients", said RCSI Professor of Medicine Gerry McElvaney, the investigation's senior creator and a specialist in Beaumont Hospital. All things considered, 4.5 less days in the intensive-care unit than those with Type An or AB blood.

On the other hand, those who the research deemed more susceptible to falling ill with Covid-19 include the 31 per cent of the population with blood type A and the 2 per cent of the population with blood type AB. Patients with type A or AB blood were more likely to require mechanical ventilation, suggesting that they had greater rates of lung injury from COVID-19.

Another study in April (pre-print and awaiting peer-review) found that among 1,559 coronavirus patients in New York City, a lower proportion than would be expected had Type O blood.

The team has researched almost half a million people in the Netherland tested for COVID-19 between the period of late February and late July.

The two significant takeaways here are that there is as yet unquestionably more information needed before any definitive conclusions can be drawn from this research, and that regardless of whether ABO blood type assumes a function in the virus's ability to contaminate somebody or cause them serious harm, it's as yet not a sufficient distinction to influence pandemic best practices for anyone.

But the blood group is not a preferable criterion to assess the risk of an individual patient.

The findings suggest that people with A, B or AB blood may be more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than people with type O blood. The deadly virus outbreak has created a major stir around the world in recent times infecting more than 39.4 million people globally and claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide in more than 170 countries. "And in case you're blood bunch O, you're not allowed to go to the pubs and bars".

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