More findings are emerging around susceptibility to COVID-19, as researchers have identified increased risks for contracting coronavirus for those with certain blood types, men who are bald, children, and first dog in US tests positive.
People who have blood Type A-positive may be at a higher risk of suffering from more serious forms of coronavirus, according to new research published by MedRxiv this week, but not yet published in a medical journal.
Researchers in Germany and Norway say they have identified two points in the human genome which indicates an increased risk of respiratory failure in COVID-19 patients. One of these points is a gene that determines blood type.
According to their research, they linked people with type A-positive blood to having a 50 percent increase in the likelihood of needing oxygen or requiring a ventilator. The researchers also stated that less than 10% of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients die from respiratory failure.
Researchers are suggesting baldness should now be considered a coronavirus risk factor, not only in men, but also in women with hair loss issues.
Researchers have found evidence they say is so strong, they suggest baldness should now be considered another risk factor for people who are susceptible to suffering severe COVID-19 symptoms.
In a published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology undertaken in three hospitals in Madrid, 79 percent of male patients suffering with COVID-19 were bald.
An earlier study in Spain had similar results, finding that 71 percent of hospitalized male patients were bald.
Women are also at risk, as a similar correlation was found in females with hair loss that was linked to androgens.
In fact, androgens seem to be an important factor and now prostate cancer specialists, who were already familiar with the role of androgens in the disease process, are also investigating, and a study was published in April in the Journal cell which identified the enzyme TMPRSS2 is also involved in coronavirus infections.
They have dubbed the risk factor the “Gabrin sign,” named after Dr. Frank Gabrin, who was bald, and the first US physician to die of Covid-19 in the United States.
“We really think that baldness is a perfect predictor of severity,” Professor Carlos Wambier of Brown University, told The Telegraph.
Federal health officials with the Department of Agriculture announced this week that a German Shepherd became the first known case of a dog in the United States being infected with the novel coronavirus.
“One of the dog’s owners tested positive for COVID-19, and another showed symptoms consistent with the virus, prior to the dog. The dog is expected to make a full recovery,” the Department of Agriculture said in a statement.
Within the same household, a second dog was tested and had antibodies present, but showed no signs of illness.
“Based on the limited information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low,” the USDA added in the statement.
A girl in North Carolina has died after succumbing to severe coronavirus complications. Aurea Soto Morales, 8 years old and a second-grade student at Creekside Elementary in Durham, North Carolina, was rushed to the hospital last week after suffering a seizure.
Aurea died on Monday at UNC hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, according to her sister Jennifer Morales who spoke to Fox WNCN. Jennifer said a day after the 8-year-old was admitted to the hospital, her “brain started to swell up and she went into a coma.”