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Single transverse palmar crease as a potential risk factor for COVID-19

Kanazawa, Satoshi ORCID: 0000-0003-3786-8797 (2023) Single transverse palmar crease as a potential risk factor for COVID-19. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, 31 (3). ISSN 1056-9103

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Abstract

Aims While South Asians in the United Kingdom suffer from higher mortality from COVID-19, the exact reason for the ethnic disparity is unknown. One solution is to find a genetic correlate of South Asian ethnicity and see if the same correlate is associated with an increased likelihood of COVID-19 contraction among Whites. Methods The author analyzed a prospectively longitudinal, nationally representative sample from the British Cohort Study that began at birth in 1970 and has information on COVID-19 health status in May 2020. Results Palmer crease patterns measured at age 10 were significantly associated with the likelihood of COVID-19 contraction and the number of symptoms at age 50. Individuals with single transverse palmar crease (STPC) on the right hand had 22.9% chance of contracting COVID-19 compared with 9.5% for those with the normal crease. Conclusions Because having STPC on the right hand nearly triples the odds of contracting COVID-19 among Whites, and South Asians are 4 to 5 times as likely to have STPC as Whites do, the genes for/chromosomal abnormalities associated with STPC might be one of the contributors to the higher mortality from COVID-19 among South Asians in the United Kingdom.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2023 15:39
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 11:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/119482

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