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Scientists Discover Gene That Increases Risk of Dying From Covid

  • Polish scientists find gene doubling risk of strong symptoms
  • About 14% of Poles may have the gene, the researchers say

Polish scientists have identified a gene that they say more than doubles the risk of falling severely ill with, or even dying from Covid-19.

The Health Ministry in Warsaw expects the discovery to help identify people who are most at risk from the disease, which has already killed more than 100,000 people in Poland alone. It also plans to include genetic tests when it screens patients for potential Covid-19 infections as soon as the end of June.