Scientists discover gene that increases risk of dying from Covid-19

14/1/2022 3:50:00 PM

Scientists discover gene that increases risk of dying from Covid-19

https://str.sg/wQUKWARSAW (BLOOMBERG) - Polish scientists have discovered a gene that they say more than doubles the risk of falling severely ill with, or even dying from Covid-19.The Health Ministry in Warsaw expects the discovery to help identify people who are most at risk from the disease, which has already killed more than 100,000 people in Poland alone. It also plans to include genetic tests when it screens patients for potential Covid-19 infections as soon as the end of June.

The research from the Medical University of Bialystok estimates that the gene could be present in about 14 per cent of the Polish population, compared with around 9 per cent in Europe and 27 per cent in India. It's the fourth most important factor determining the severity of the illness after age, weight and gender, it said.

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sg/wQUK WARSAW (BLOOMBERG) - Polish scientists have discovered a gene that they say more than doubles the risk of falling severely ill with, or even dying from Covid-19. The Health Ministry in Warsaw expects the discovery to help identify people who are most at risk from the disease, which has already killed more than 100,000 people in Poland alone. It is quickly replacing Delta as the dominant variant in several nations, forcing governments and scientists to bolster defences with testing, shots and therapies. It also plans to include genetic tests when it screens patients for potential Covid-19 infections as soon as the end of June. All in, there were 882 new cases recorded, up from 846 on Tuesday; and one death. The research from the Medical University of Bialystok estimates that the gene could be present in about 14 per cent of the Polish population, compared with around 9 per cent in Europe and 27 per cent in India. So far, GSK-Vir's monoclonal antibody therapy is the only one that has shown effectiveness against Omicron in lab tests, while similar treatments from Eli Lilly and Co and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals offered lower protection in such tests. It's the fourth most important factor determining the severity of the illness after age, weight and gender, it said. The data provides evidence supporting the potential to administer Prevnar 20 and the company's Covid-19 vaccine at the same time, reducing the number of visits people make to doctors or pharmacies for recommended immunisation, Pfizer said.

A genetic test"may help to better identify people who, in the event of an infection, may be at risk of an acute disease, even before the infection develops," said Marcin Moniuszko, a professor in charge of the study, which was carried out with the participation of almost 1,500 Poles. The WHO guidelines, published in the British Medical Journal, also noted that evidence shows baricitinib improves survival rate and reduces the need for ventilation, with no observed increase in adverse effects.60 on Wednesday, from 1. The ministry didn't say if the research had been peer-reviewed. The discovery may explain one of the reasons - other than vaccination hesitancy - behind The average excess mortality during the pandemic is above 20 per cent, one of the worst results in the European Union, Eurostat data show. MSF also said that governments must take steps to ensure that patent monopolies do not stand in the way of access to the treatment. More On This Topic . A figure of more than one shows that the number of new weekly Covid-19 cases is increasing.