News 13's investigative team is working to answer your questions about the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on Western North Carolina.
“I have Type O blood. I was told that my blood type was immune to COVID. Is this true?” asked a News 13 viewer.
Dr. Teresa Herbert, chief medical officer for AdventHealth Hendersonville said this is not true, but there could be a correlation between blood type and certain risks associated with COVID-19.
She said two observational studies show there is a connection, but relying on your blood group is not a good strategy to avoid getting the virus.
There have been two studies recently, one in Denmark and one in Canada, that showed that if you had blood group O you had a slightly lower risk of getting hospitalized for COVID-19 and you also had a slightly lower risk for getting on the ventilator if you did get COVID-19," said Dr. Herbert.
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