One thing since the beginning of the pandemic COVID that doctors were confused and disappointed by his unpredictability – it did not cause symptoms in some people; in others they landed in hospital, breathing hard. Although risk factors for serious COVID diseases have been identified – including age, obesity and basic medical conditions – they have observed that the disease otherwise affects people without risk factors. In a new study, Polish researchers say they may have discovered the reason why. Read on to learn more – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss them Reliable signs that you have already had COVID.
Researchers from the Medical University of Bialystok in Poland said they had discovered a gene that more than doubles a person’s risk of developing severe COVID.
The researchers found that the gene was the fourth most important factor in determining whether someone would develop a serious case of COVID, based on age, weight, and gender.
A study that included 1,500 people infected with coronavirus in Poland identified a genetic variant present in 14 percent of people in this country, 9 percent of people in Europe in general and 27 percent in India, said Marcin Moniuszko, one of the scientists responsible for the discovery.
“After more than a year and a half of work, it was possible to identify the gene responsible for the predisposition to serious disease (coronavirus),” said Adam Niedzielski, Poland’s health minister. “This means that in the future we will be able to … identify people with a tendency to suffer seriously from COVID.”
Moniuszko said the discovery could lead to a simple test to determine if someone is at high risk for a poor COVID outcome. This could help encourage people to acquire vaccinated and determine who should have priority access to treatment.
November British scientists said they had identified a gene that appears to be associated with a doubled risk of lung failure due to COVID-19. Ta gen, LZTFL1, is present in 60% of people of South Asian descent, 15% of people of European descent and 2.4% of people of African descent.
Last July, a global research team led by scientists from the Broad Institute and the University of Helsinki said it had discovered 13 genetic signatures that are closely linked to an increased risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease.
Follow the basics and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live – get vaccinated as soon as possible; if you live in an area with a low vaccination rate, wear an N95 face mask, do not travel, social distance, avoid big crowds, do not walk indoors with people you do not hide from (especially in bars), exercise good hand hygiene and to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where COVID is most likely to get sick.