Since December 2019, the SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) pandemic has continued to extend over most of the world, infecting over four million people and causing well over 300,000 deaths so far (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html, accessed on May 14, 2020). A significant percentage of infected patients develop severe symptoms and life-threatening conditions. While COVID-19 infection can affect all ages, available evidence points to older age and pre-existing comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease, as important risk factors related to increased mortality rates. [1-3] Moreover, recent reports from China and the U.S. have suggested that the susceptibility, and perhaps even mortality, to Covid-19 infection might be influenced by the ABO blood type. The purpose of the present minireview is to analyze the evidence published in the COVID-19 literature and to put it in the context of the existing knowledge about the association of blood group types and disease.
The author(s) received no specific funding for this work.
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Fernandez-Botran, G. Rafael
"ABO Blood Group Type and Susceptibility to COVID-19 Infection,"
The University of Louisville Journal of Respiratory Infections: Vol. 4
, Article 11.
Available at: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/jri/vol4/iss1/11