The amount of data collected since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 continues to grow, along with COVID-19 deaths and vaccination rates. Data related to COVID-19 can cover many impacts of the virus, including infection rates, death rates and hospitalizations, all of which can vary by state, province or even race. While it is important to use this information to understand how different communities and regions are being affected by the pandemic, experts emphasize the need to consider the systemic factors affecting different populations.
An article by the guard talks about a gene scientists have identified that may be a factor in increased risk of death from COVID-19 in certain populations. The gene, called LZTFL1, was found to dramatically increase the likelihood of respiratory failure and eventual death when a person is exposed to the coronavirus.
The gene was linked primarily to people of South Asian descent — up to as much as 60% of the population — one reason this population has seen higher death rates from the virus, according to the guard.
However, there are numerous factors that go into why a person dies from COVID-19, and not everyone agrees that it is necessarily fair to attribute genetics as the sole cause of COVID-19. complications and related deaths.
Ajay Sethi is a professor of public health sciences and a researcher in the broad field of infectious diseases at the University of Wisconsin. He said it is critical to learn about all the factors that contribute to different COVID-19 responses in humans.
“Understanding the genetics of infectious diseases could lead to new therapies and tools to screen people, something the authors mention in their original study,” Sethi said. “It would be important to better understand who is at higher risk for infection or serious illness and who may be protected against these things.”
An article from the CDC talks about possible reasons other than genetics that increase the risk of deaths from COVID-19, particularly among minority racial groups. Lack of access to good health care, living below the poverty line and working in occupations considered essential at the height of the pandemic are all contributing factors to higher COVID-19 cases and death rates, the CDC said.
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“We can work to alleviate the systemic factors that lead to a greater risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, COVID-19 disease and death – and we also need to gain a better understanding of the complex biology of this disease to help society better manage the pandemic in the future,” said Sethi.
While genetic factors are important to learn to better understand potential treatments and preventions, addressing systemic pitfalls is equally important in the fight against the pandemic.