Karnataka to audit blood groups of critical Covid-19 patients

Thursday, 22 Oct, 8.20 am

The recent publication of two international studies which stated that Covid-19 is more severe in patients with blood group A or AB, has pushed the state government into conducting an audit on the blood groups of critical patients.

The studies, conducted in Denmark and Canada, have found that people with type O are less likely to catch Covid-19 or develop major complications and die. Meanwhile, individuals with blood types A and AB are most vulnerable to the disease.

The state audit could be a boon, as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has not undertaken a survey to check for the association of the ABO blood group for indices of disease severity in Covid-19 sufferers.