In a world where the future is so uncertain, information is key.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, large tech companies reacted quickly, stepping in to save the day. Apple donated $15 million worldwide to help treat communities negatively impacted by the Coronavirus.
On Apple’s website, there is a press release discussing the company’s response to the pandemic and its objective to come back stronger than before: “At Apple, we are people first, and we do what we do with the belief that technology can change lives and the hope that it can be a valuable tool in a moment like this.”
Apple isn’t the only company with humanitarian interests during the lockdown — Facebook, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are also pitching in. All of these companies took considerable measures to step up and help during the pandemic.
Microsoft released a statement about the importance of keeping the public informed on the details of the Coronavirus. Microsoft made it clear that sharing data about the virus will help everyone know how to stop the spread. According to an article on The Verge, big tech companies are giving generously like never before.
From Amazon offering 175 thousand new jobs to Facebook’s donation of $25 million to support healthcare workers, it’s safe to say that large tech companies are going above and beyond in their efforts to inform the public, encourage safety and social distancing, and stop the spread of the Coronavirus. At the beginning of the pandemic, Google partnered with the US Government to develop a website with Coronavirus updates and resources. Their current partnership with DeepMind aims to further scientific research in areas like disease control.
With so many large companies offering worldwide assistance, sharing resources, and partnering with the Word Health Organization, it’s important that the information they provide is both complete and accurate with the latest Coronavirus updates.
Despite these relief efforts, the media remains largely silent on key information linking severe Coronavirus symptoms to blood type.
According to several medical resources, people with type O blood are less likely to experience severe Coronavirus symptoms, while those with type A blood are more likely to undergo serious symptoms with the virus. One study suggests that blood type can increase or decrease someone’s chances of contracting severe symptoms by as much as 50%.
The Texas Medical Center conducted a study with 1,610 patients who tested positive for the virus. According to the study, people with type O blood have a significantly lower risk of showing severe symptoms with the coronavirus.
While having a certain blood type won’t make you more immune to the virus, the severity of your symptoms leads to other complications in the body. One article from MIT Medical is skeptical about whether the research is reliable, however, this doesn’t explain why the media is completely silent about the findings.
Dr. Mary Cushman, a hematologist and professor at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, shared a clear message for those learning about COVID 19 and the blood type connection.
“These results can’t be used to lessen the serious precautions that everyone needs to take, regardless of their blood type,” says Cushman.
That being said, the connection is significant and worth noting. The research is critical information, especially for those with pre-existing conditions.
It’s already widely known that senior citizens are at greater risk. The Center for Disease Control shares an exhaustive list of pre-existing conditions that pose an increased risk of severe illness from the Coronavirus. However, this list doesn’t include information on the connection between the virus and blood type.
There are blood tests you can take at home, but they require you to prick your finger with a needle. Another method is to test through your saliva, but this isn’t always reliable. Your blood type isn’t listed on your birth certificate, and it’s not typically noted during routine lab work. Researchers can create easier ways for people to find their blood type so they will have a better idea of what to expect.
The media can do more to address these findings. Tech companies have already participated through contact tracing, but when it comes to research related to blood type, the silence continues. With more information, scientists will discover why Coronavirus attacks some people more than others. Until then, let’s work together to keep the conversation going and examine the research from every angle.