Do you have an increased chance of catching COVID-19?
And if you do catch it, what are the odds of severe symptoms and hospitalization?
Your genes may hold the answer, new research is discovering. A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) has revealed that certain groups are more likely to have severe COVID-19 symptoms than others.
The ABO Blood Group, which determines your blood type, was found to be associated with increased risk for severe COVID symptoms. People with Blood Type A had a higher risk for respiratory failure, nearly 50% higher than other blood groups. Meanwhile, people with blood type O were found to be two thirds as likely to experience respiratory failure as other blood groups.
The study also made mention of the genes encoding the ACE2 receptor. This enzyme receptor is a known entry point for the virus, so certain genes there are also associated with increased susceptibility to the virus, including an increased chance of being put on a ventilator.
While these data points are somewhat disturbing, they can be potentially useful. Based on these GWAS results, CRI Genetics has developed a report that determines whether or not your genes indicated you have a higher risk for COVID-19 severity.
A sample COVID-19 Severity Report.
So far, 13.23% of our customers have received a “Higher Risk” report, meaning they could be at higher risk for experiencing more severe COVID symptoms. That’s more than 1 in 8 people who have taken the test.
So far, 1 in 8 of our customers has a higher risk for COVID-19 Severity.
Of course, these genetic factors are only one piece of the puzzle—your distancing from others, personal hygiene habits, and wearing of PPE could all affect your chances to a far greater degree. And everyone should take precautions. To learn more about the COVID-19 Severity Test from CRI, click here.