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Study ties blood type to COVID-19 risk; O may help, A hurt

A genetic analysis of COVID-19 patients suggests that blood type might influence whether someone develops severe disease. Scientists who compared the genes of thousands of patients in Europe found that those who had Type A blood were more likely to have severe disease while those with Type O were less likely.

Brian Dennehy, Tony-winning stage, screen actor, dies at 81

Brian Dennehy, the burly actor who started in films as a macho heavy and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, has died. He was 81.

Fears of ‘Wild West’ as COVID-19 blood tests hit the market

More than 70 companies have signed up to sell so-called antibody tests in recent weeks, according to U.S. regulators. Governments around the world hope that the rapid tests, which typically use a finger-prick of blood on a test strip, could soon ease public restrictions by identifying people who have previously had the virus and have developed some immunity to it.

Blood donors are needed urgently in Inland Northwest

The need for regional blood donations is at a critical level, with some blood types down to less than a two-day supply, says Vitalant, formerly Inland Northwest Blood Center. Federal and state officials are emphasizing that blood donations are safe as long as a person has had no COVID-19 symptoms or contact with a person who may have it.

Facebook is helping connect blood centers and donors

Facebook is teaming up with Vitalant, formerly the Inland Northwest Blood Center, to connect it with potential blood donors in the Northwest. The feature just went live in Washington, Idaho and several other states and will roll out nationwide in September.