Different Strains? Does Blood Type Matter? Experts Answer the Latest Questions About Coronavirus



“I would not recommend people use malaria drugs until we have strong evidence in humans through placebo controlled clinical trials,” he emphasized.

There are also two more drugs that may work as a treatment for COVID-19 — Remdesivir, which was used to treat Ebola patients, and Actemra, which is typically used for arthritis.

Are men getting infected at a higher rate than women?

Though some countries have said that they’ve seen slightly more cases in men than women, that has not been confirmed, says Dr. Robert Norton, a professor of public health at Auburn University.

“I haven’t seen any data from either the CDC or WHO that definitively indicates males are more susceptible. It’s too soon to definitively know,” he says.

Does ibuprofen worsen COVID-19 symptoms?

A small study out of France said that patients could fare worse after taking ibuprofen, but both Norton and Klausner are unconvinced.

“It doesn’t appear to be harmful from the information I’ve seen,” says Klausner.

“I haven’t seen any data on this,” adds Norton.

Are younger people more vulnerable than initially thought?

Research out of China found that the majority of fatalities occurred in people over 60, indicating that younger adults were largely spared. That came into question last week, when the first CDC report on U.S. cases found that of almost 2,500 COVID-19 patients, 55 percent of hospitalizations were of people aged 20 to 64.

However, Klausner believes that the data was skewed.

“The CDC said 40 percent of hospitalized cases in this 2,500 were 20 to 44 years of age. But the population of people 20 to 44 years of age is two or three times that of the elderly population,” he says. “There’s no evidence of any change or any increased risk in young people.”

Does a person’s blood type make them more or less vulnerable to COVID-19?

An unpublished study said that people with one blood type are more susceptible to the virus than others. But Klausner says that he was not aware of any data that points to that, and blood type would not make a difference in the severity of illness.

“The strongest predictor of clinical outcome and severity is age,” he says.

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