A genetic mutation that makes a person susceptible to the coronavirus has also caused an increased risk of contracting the disease, a study has found.
Researchers at Imperial College London found that people with the mutation in a gene called CTCF1 have a 50% higher chance of contracting COVID-19.
The finding, published in the journal Nature Genetics, is important because it suggests that the mutation may have contributed to the increased incidence of COVID, the researchers said.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is an intervention used to help people cope with traumatic events, and the study’s results could lead to new treatments.
The study involved nearly 2,000 participants aged between 15 and 80.
They were asked about their experiences of COVEV, including the incidence of the coronovirus in the past six months, and were asked to rate their emotional wellbeing, social support and overall wellbeing on a scale of one to 10.
The participants also answered questions about their health, and how they felt about their bodies.
“People are less likely to report being sick and we are at a point where we know the virus is spread by coughing or sneezing,” said Professor John O’Neill, one of the researchers from the University of Oxford.
“We know from previous studies that coughing and sneezes are associated with COVID infection, and there are some indications that people who are more vulnerable are more likely to have the virus.”
But this study also suggests that COVEVs more than 80 per cent of the time, and a very high proportion of the people in our study, were actually immune to COVID.
“The researchers used data from the National Health Service in England to estimate the risk of COV-19 among the participants.
The researchers found that the average risk of the participants contracting COV was 10.5 per cent.
This is the highest risk that we’ve seen in people and it’s been increased by about 50 per cent since the year 2000,” Dr Richard Fauci, an epidemiologist at Imperial’s Centre for Research on Cancers and Viral Hepatitis, told Al Jazeera.
Dr O’Neil said the findings showed that the new mutation was responsible for the increased risk, and that it was likely to be associated with a different mutation.
“If you think of this mutation as having been introduced from a foreign source, then that is not a new mutation and we know from our work that this mutation has been introduced by foreign genes into the human genome.”
The mutation that we found is not the same mutation that’s associated with the new coronaviruses that we have seen.
“He added that further studies would be required to confirm the findings.
Dr Fauberg added that the findings should also be of concern to people who work in healthcare settings.”
It is not only about the increase in COVID cases, but it is also important that we do not just see an increase in infections in healthcare facilities, but in all healthcare settings,” he said.”
As well as the increase of coronaviral infections, we have a huge number of infections, so this should be a major concern for everyone.