Monday, August 2, 2021

Is Your Reaction to COVID-19 Genetic?


        When infected with the COVID-19 virus, some individuals are dealt stronger symptoms, while others are thankfully left with much milder symptoms. Researchers and scientists around the world were curious about the cause of this discrepancy, so a team of researchers from Stanford Medicine took a first step. The researchers compiled genomic data from about 50,000 patients and searched through their genome for any irregularities. The researchers identified 13 mutations within the genome that increased COVID-19 symptoms, majority were dealing with autoimmunity, and other sectors were lung health and immunity. That being said, each of the 13 mutations have different risk for severe COVID-19. Aside from those mutations, the only other influences would be lifestyle choices.


  1. This post is interesting. Scientists have been aware of autoimmunity disease being linked to COVID-19. I wonder if they can use gene therapy or some other method to strengthen people who have the disadvantage of having a weak immune system especially during times especially dangerous for them, such as this.

  2. Very interesting post! I was unaware that there were so many mutations that increased COVID-19 symptoms. Interesting to think about the reasons as to why some people are affected by COVID-19 different than others.

  3. This is very interesting, I have no idea that the mutations increases the symptoms, but it makes sense why different people have different symptoms or mild cases of it.