The Interesting Relation of Blood Type to Coronavirus Susceptibility

 

I read through this entire story on Fox News, which describes some research on blood type vs. Wuhan Coronavirus. They found that the virus bonds especially well to cells of Blood Type A, and less well to cells with Blood Type O. The researchers were surprised at what they initially saw, so they did some more experiments. The story is quite interesting, actually, and it was fascinating how the researchers studied what they had seen, and branched off into new studies based on their findings.  Maybe the fact that my blood type is O may explain why I have not gotten the virus.

And I just got my vaccination appointment, finally! Our state is expanding eligibility to teachers now, and I think it was lucky to get an appointment before the lines are deluged with the cowardly teachers who refuse to teach.

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  1. Kozak Member
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    This was known last spring, and being type A I wasn’t happy about it.   This kind of thing is not uncommon in medicine.

    There is a very complex interaction between host genetics and infectious agent.   Well known is the relationship with having a single gene for Sickle Cell disease being protective against Malaria.  

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  2. Postmodern Hoplite Coolidge
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    RushBabe49: Our state is expanding eligibility to teachers now, and I think it was lucky to get an appointment before the lines are deluged with the cowardly teachers who refuse to teach.

    Yeah, mebbe…but don’t count on it. Vaccinating teachers won’t change their position. They won’t return until they get the incentive monies the union says they should hold out for. I’m sick of hearing that “teachers want to go back to work, but it’s their unions that are standing in the way.” Bullsh*t.  If the teachers wanted to, they could start the decertification process, claiming that their union no longer is representing their interests. So, how many teachers have openly and publicly spoken out? (Cricket, cricket…I’ll wait…)

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  3. JennaStocker Member
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    Fascinating! I know next to nothing about genetics and rudimentary medicine, but I’ve been curious about the virus seeming to devastate whole families. I chalked it up to being related to lifestyle/obesity/cardiovascular health/diabetes that often run on families, but blood type is interesting in this case. Thanks for sharing this!

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  4. Jim McConnell Member
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    Kozak (View Comment):

    This was known last spring, and being type A I wasn’t happy about it. This kind of thing is not uncommon in medicine.

    There is a very complex interaction between host genetics and infectious agent. Well known is the relationship with having a single gene for Sickle Cell disease being protective against Malaria.

    Thanks, @kozak, it’s always good to get medical information from a professional; instead of opinions from a layman such as myself.

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  5. JustmeinAZ Member
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    Well, I have type A and haven’t gotten it either. So I guess I’m proof of nothing. It’s not like I stay home and avoid all human contact. I go out and about all the time, eat in restaurants and do not do any extra hand washing or use any sanitizer. And I’m not planning on getting the vaccine.

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  6. JustmeinAZ Member
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Well, I have type A and haven’t gotten it either. So I guess I’m proof of nothing. It’s not like I stay home and avoid all human contact. I go out and about all the time, eat in restaurants and do not do any extra hand washing or use any sanitizer. And I’m not planning on getting the vaccine.

    But then well over 90% of the population haven’t gotten it either soooo…..

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  7. kedavis Member
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Well, I have type A and haven’t gotten it either. So I guess I’m proof of nothing. It’s not like I stay home and avoid all human contact. I go out and about all the time, eat in restaurants and do not do any extra hand washing or use any sanitizer. And I’m not planning on getting the vaccine.

    But then well over 90% of the population haven’t gotten it either soooo…..

    Or maybe they did, but got over it with little or no symptoms.

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  8. EB Thatcher
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    Oh goody!  I’m Type A, but I did get the vaccine last month.

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  9. Z in MT Member
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    I heard this a while ago. They are going to find other genetic components to this virus. You don’t get the wildly varying results without it.

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  10. Stina Member
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    My husband is A and I suspect he had it last December/January. I think I passed it to him via some of my friends, but I never had it. Not one single symptom. I’m O.

    This should be better known given how hit and miss it travels through households.

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  11. colleenb Member
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    I’m A. Haven’t gotten the VID and hope not to get it. Rarely have had the flu including in high school in 68/69 when they almost shut the schools because it was getting close to the percentage of kids out sick.

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  12. Kozak Member
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    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    RushBabe49: Our state is expanding eligibility to teachers now, and I think it was lucky to get an appointment before the lines are deluged with the cowardly teachers who refuse to teach.

    Yeah, mebbe…but don’t count on it. Vaccinating teachers won’t change their position. They won’t return until they get the incentive monies the union says they should hold out for. I’m sick of hearing that “teachers want to go back to work, but it’s their unions that are standing in the way.” Bullsh*t. If the teachers wanted to, they could start the decertification process, claiming that their union no longer is representing their interests. So, how many teachers have openly and publicly spoken out? (Cricket, cricket…I’ll wait…)

    Yeah. I’m waiting for some Mayor somewhere to pull a Reagan and tell the teachers “be in class Monday or you are fired”.

    He would be a hero with every parent in the city.

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  13. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):

    Well, I have type A and haven’t gotten it either. So I guess I’m proof of nothing. It’s not like I stay home and avoid all human contact. I go out and about all the time, eat in restaurants and do not do any extra hand washing or use any sanitizer. And I’m not planning on getting the vaccine.

    But then well over 90% of the population haven’t gotten it either soooo…..

    Don’t be so sure about this.  I don’t know the rate of infection.  On this week’s Ricochet podcast, Dr. Jay said that he thinks that about 40-50% of the population has already had Covid.  (At least, I think that’s what he said, to the best of my recollection.)

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  14. Steve C. Member
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    O  here,  I was infected in January. I was sick, certainly the sickest I’ve ever been. It was weeks before I could smell and taste my morning coffee My wife is A and she was never ill. She tested negative.

    Yes, anecdote does not equal data. 

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  15. I Walton Member
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    Postmodern Hoplite (View Comment):

    RushBabe49: Our state is expanding eligibility to teachers now, and I think it was lucky to get an appointment before the lines are deluged with the cowardly teachers who refuse to teach.

    Yeah, mebbe…but don’t count on it. Vaccinating teachers won’t change their position. They won’t return until they get the incentive monies the union says they should hold out for. I’m sick of hearing that “teachers want to go back to work, but it’s their unions that are standing in the way.” Bullsh*t. If the teachers wanted to, they could start the decertification process, claiming that their union no longer is representing their interests. So, how many teachers have openly and publicly spoken out? (Cricket, cricket…I’ll wait…)

    I’ll repeat.  New Zealand, along with being at the bottom of the ranking for schools had to revise everything when the UK let go of  them to join the EU.  New Zealand eliminated the bureaucracy, turned every school individually over to teachers and parents, and let parents choose any school in the county.  They went almost overnight to the top, right behind Singapore.  We do not need the teachers unions or any of the overriding expensive educational bureaucracy.  States not run by Democrats could do it overnight if they choose to.  They do not have to teach in lock step,  bureaucratically or in unison.   Like every other human endeavor, competition and ground up works.  Top down and bureaucratically never does.  

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  16. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Steve C. (View Comment):

    O here, I was infected in January. I was sick, certainly the sickest I’ve ever been. It was weeks before I could smell and taste my morning coffee My wife is A and she was never ill. She tested negative.

    Yes, anecdote does not equal data.

    Yet data consists of anecdotes.

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  17. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Nothing is 100%.  I am at very high risk of breast cancer, because my mother and her sister both died of it.  Neither I nor my sister has had breast cancer.  We may be extra-susceptible to it, and never get it.

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  18. Manny Member
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    I had heard of this too but I had not seen the statistics.  I still haven’t but I’ve seen enough articles now to feel safe to say it’s true.  Are statistics available?  Well, I’m a B.  I guess that’s not as good as O but better than A.  I scored a negative on an antibody test, so I have not caught the disease.

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  19. Kay of MT Member
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    A daughter and I have both been exposed, neither of us got sick. Her blood type is AB, and mine is O. She stayed in isolation for 2 weeks with her husband to be, and tested negative, 3 times. They have told her it can’t be, but it is. Unknown why she seems to be immune. And, I have been free of a mask most of the year and still haven’t been sick.

    I also have an Austin Air Purifier running 24 hours a day, which may have been of some help.

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  20. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Got my first dose of Pfizer vaccine this morning.  No aftereffects at all.  The injection site is not even painful.  I had to stand outside in the cold wind for 40 minutes, and I was the only one in line not wearing a mask.  Our people are the biggest sheep ever.  The worst part of it was the bunch of young, healthy teachers in front of me in line, who did not deserve to be there.  They refuse to return to their classrooms.

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  21. Southern Pessimist Member
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    If there is anything good that comes from the hysteria of this pandemic, it will be be that we all learn to understand the difference between correlation and causation. There is no evidence that that has happened or will ever happen.

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  22. Manny Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    Got my first dose of Pfizer vaccine this morning. No aftereffects at all. The injection site is not even painful. I had to stand outside in the cold wind for 40 minutes, and I was the only one in line not wearing a mask. Our people are the biggest sheep ever. The worst part of it was the bunch of young, healthy teachers in front of me in line, who did not deserve to be there. They refuse to return to their classrooms.

    I took my mother (87 years old) for her shot last Sunday. We were out in a half hour, including the 15 minutes post wait. My wife had hers (she’s diabetic) mid week and she had a similar experience. They both got the Moderna. 

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