Polish scientists have discovered a gene that they say doubles the risk of serious disease with COVID-19, a discovery they hope could help doctors identify people at higher risk for the disease.
As vaccine reluctance is a major factor behind high coronavirus mortality rates in Central and Eastern Europe, researchers hope that identifying those most at risk will encourage them to get vaccinated and give them access to more intensive treatment options. case of infection.
“After more than a year and a half of work, it has been possible to identify a gene that is responsible for the predisposition to become seriously ill (with coronavirus),” said Health Minister Adam Nienzielski.
“This means that in the future we will be able to … identify people with a predisposition to suffer severely from COVID.”
Researchers at Bialystok Medical University have found that the gene was the fourth most important factor in determining how severely a person has COVID-19, after age, weight and gender.
The gene is present in about 14% of the Polish population, compared to 8-9% in Europe as a whole and 27% in India, said Marcin Moniuszko, the professor in charge of the project.
Other studies have also shown the importance of genetic factors in how severely COVID-19 develops.
Source From: Capital