27 May 2020
HealthDay Reports: Alzheimer's Gene Linked to Severe COVID-19 Risk
A new study suggests that genetics can also be a factor in a person's risk of severe COVID-19.
Alzheimer's Gene Linked to Severe COVID-19 Risk
WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a flawed gene linked to Alzheimer's disease may face a higher risk of COVID-19, an international team of researchers reports.
Part of the increased risk among people with dementia may owe to high rates of new coronavirus infections in nursing homes. But this study suggests genetics may also be a factor.
The APOE e4e4 gene variant is known to increase Alzheimer's risk up to 14 times. It also increases heart disease risk.