Scientists have discovered a gene that more than DOUBLES the risk of getting Covid … and about 10% of Britons have it
- The gene is one of the key factors that determines how many people suffer from Covid
- It is present in about 14% of the Polish population and 8 to 9% in Europe as a whole
- The findings could help governments set people’s priorities for Covid vaccination
Scientists have discovered a gene that more than doubles the risk of severe Covid disease.
Researchers from the Medical University of Bialystok in Poland have found that the gene is the fourth most important factor determining how seriously a person suffers from covid, based on age, weight and gender.
The gene is present in about 14 percent of the Polish population, compared to 8-9 percent in Europe as a whole and 27 percent in India, they say.
Its discovery could help doctors identify those most at risk from the disease and give them priority in vaccination.
Poland and many other countries in Central and Eastern Europe are facing the latest increase in coronavirus deaths and deaths, while continuing to record much lower vaccination rates than in Western Europe.
Polish scientists have discovered a gene that they say more than doubles the risk of getting Covid (stock)
The new study was led by Professor Marcin Moniuszko, a professor at the Medical University of Bialystok.
A gene may not be a specific “Covid gene” as such, but one that could be linked to other medical conditions.
MailOnline turned to Professor Moniuszko for more information.
It is estimated that 14 percent of Poles have this gene, so we hope a new study will increase vaccination in the country.
Vaccination hesitation is a major factor in high coronavirus mortality in Central and Eastern Europe.
According to the latest figures, 56.2 percent of the Polish population is fully vaccinated, compared to 71.1 percent in the United Kingdom and 62.7 percent in the United States.
Vaccination rates are much lower in Poland than in Western Europe. Here Hanna Zientara, an 83-year-old resident of Warsaw, Poland, receives a booster dose of Covid
The situation created a dilemma for the Polish government, which called on citizens to vaccinate.
After more than a year and a half of work, it was possible to identify the gene responsible for the predisposition to severe disease. [with coronavirus], ”Said Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski.
“This means that in the future, we will be able to … identify people with a tendency to suffer severely from Covid.”
In December, Niedzielski pointed out that of the 1,085 people under the age of 44 who died with Covid in Poland in 2021, only 3 percent were fully vaccinated.
“These black statistics could be different because of vaccination,” he said at the time.
The new study reflects the findings published in November researchers from Oxford University.
They identified a gene responsible for doubling the risk of respiratory failure due to Covid, called LZTFL1.
The LZTFL1 gene is present in 60 percent of South Asians and makes it easier for the virus to reproduce in the lungs.
Its prevalence in people of South Asian descent partly explains the excess of deaths in some minority communities in the UK.
MORE THAN 50% OF EUROPEANS WILL BE INFECTED WITH OMICRON COVID IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS IF INFECTIONS CONTINUE WITH A CURRENT QUICK WARNING
More than half of people in Europe are well on their way to contracting Omicron coronavirus in the next two months if infections continue at their current rate, the World Health Organization said.
Regional Director Hans Kluge noted at a press conference on 11 January that Omicron the version represented a “new tidal wave from west to east that engulfed the European region.
The WHO European Region comprises 53 countries and territories, including several in Central Asia, and Kluge noted that 50 of them have confirmed examples of the Omicron version.
According to the World Health Organization, 26 of these countries reported that since January 10, more than one percent of their population has “contracted Covid-19 every week” and that more than 7 million new cases of the virus have been reported in the region in the first week. . only 2022.
Omicron causes less serious complications than previous versions, but because it is highly contagious, it is rapidly increasing the number of hospitals.