Claim: People with blood type A are more likely to catch the coronavirus
Outlets have reported that people with type A blood type are more likely to contract the new coronavirus, although many failed to emphasize that the research lacks peer-review, a large sample size and that experts have told the public not to be concerned.
The claim gained popularity through a series of widely shared Facebook posts. Its momentum has continued with Science Focus, MSN, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and local broadcast news outlets in Iowa and Virginia running stories.
What experts say: It’s premature to assume there is a link
The claim is based on new research from a group of medical experts at hospitals and universities