Covid Scotland: Scientists find gene that 'doubles the risk of severe' symptoms

Published date14 January 2022
Publication titleEdinburghLive (Scotland)
Researchers at Poland's Medical University in Bialystok said that the gene is one of the most critical factors in determining how bad someone's Covid infection could turn out to be

The finding has a great potential in fighting off the pandemic. It could enable scientists to identify those at higher risk of suffering from severe Covid and prioritise them during vaccination programmes, the Daily Record reports.

Vaccine hesitancy is believed to be driving a high number of deaths in central and eastern Europe.

Around 56 per cent of people in Poland have been fully vaccinated against Covid, compared to 66 per cent of Scots aged 12 and over who have been given two doses and their booster vaccination.

Yesterday, Poland recorded almost 17,000 new infections and 480 deaths from the virus in just 24 hours.

And there are fears over the state of the pandemic in Poland over the coming weeks, as the country braces itself a wave of Omicron cases.

Back in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said that Covid cases have fallen in almost all age groups in the past week amid the Omicron wave.

The situation in Scotland's hospitals is said to be 'improving', despite the number...

To continue reading

Request your trial

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT