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If You Don't Have This in Your Blood, You're at Risk of Severe COVID

Best Life Logo By Sarah Crow of Best Life | Slide 1 of 5: It’s not just preexisting conditions that can cause your risk of developing severe COVID to skyrocket. According to a new study, a factor only detectable in your blood could be the key to determining how debilitating your COVID symptoms become. Read on to discover what could be putting you at risk for a severe case of COVID. And if you’re eager for the pandemic to be behind us, COVID Will Be "Mostly Gone" By This Date, Johns Hopkins Doctor Says.According to a Jan. 2021 study published in the journal Genetics in Medicine, individuals without a particular type of natural killer (NK) cell receptor in their blood are more likely to develop severe cases of COVID than those who have them. When the specific NKG2C receptor identified by researchers—which typically binds to the HLA-E antigen in the bloodstream to destroy cells that have become infected by viruses—is missing, a person’s risk of developing severe COVID increases significantly.The study found that approximately four percent of the population lack the NKG2C receptor entirely, while 30 percent have an NKG2C receptor that is not fully available, and, as such, may provide inadequate protection when fighting off COVID.“Absence of the receptor was particularly prevalent in COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units, irrespective of age or gender,” Elisabeth Puchhammer-Stöckl, MD, lead author on the study, said in a statement. "Genetic variations on the HLA-E of the infected cell were also associated with disease severity, albeit to a lesser extent."However, that’s not the only thing that may increase or decrease your likelihood of having a severe case of COVID; read on to discover which other factors could be putting you at risk. And for more insight into your risk, check out If You've Done This Recently, You’re 70 Percent More Likely to Get COVID.Read the original article on Best Life.

If You Don't Have This in Your Blood, You're at Risk of Severe COVID

It’s not just preexisting conditions that can cause your risk of developing severe COVID to skyrocket. According to a new study, a factor only detectable in your blood could be the key to determining how debilitating your COVID symptoms become. Read on to discover what could be putting you at risk for a severe case of COVID. And if you’re eager for the pandemic to be behind us, COVID Will Be "Mostly Gone" By This Date, Johns Hopkins Doctor Says.

According to a Jan. 2021 study published in the journal Genetics in Medicine, individuals without a particular type of natural killer (NK) cell receptor in their blood are more likely to develop severe cases of COVID than those who have them. When the specific NKG2C receptor identified by researchers—which typically binds to the HLA-E antigen in the bloodstream to destroy cells that have become infected by viruses—is missing, a person’s risk of developing severe COVID increases significantly.

The study found that approximately four percent of the population lack the NKG2C receptor entirely, while 30 percent have an NKG2C receptor that is not fully available, and, as such, may provide inadequate protection when fighting off COVID.

“Absence of the receptor was particularly prevalent in COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units, irrespective of age or gender,” Elisabeth Puchhammer-Stöckl, MD, lead author on the study, said in a statement. "Genetic variations on the HLA-E of the infected cell were also associated with disease severity, albeit to a lesser extent."

However, that’s not the only thing that may increase or decrease your likelihood of having a severe case of COVID; read on to discover which other factors could be putting you at risk. And for more insight into your risk, check out If You've Done This Recently, You’re 70 Percent More Likely to Get COVID.

Read the original article on Best Life.

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