Genetic Variants Linked to Risk of Getting Severe COVID-19

Genetic Variants Linked to Risk of Getting Severe COVID-19

“There’s a lot we still don’t understand about COVID-19, but scientists just took a step forward in figuring out why some patients reach the critical stages of the disease. A new study of thousands of COVID-19 patients has revealed eight genetic sequences that are more common in people who develop life-threatening cases.

The discovery will not only help develop new drugs to aid in the treatment of the virus, but points to existing medications that could help severely ill patients recover.

“We have discovered new and highly plausible genetic associations with critical illness in COVID-19,” an international team of researchers led by the University of Edinburgh in the UK explains in a new paper.” – Michelle Starr at ScienceAlert

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