Amid the ongoing spike in COVID cases—driven heavily by the omicron variant—scientists discovered a gene that contributes to serious risk of the virus.

The researchers from the Medical University of Bialystok found that the gene was the fourth most important factor determining how seriously a person suffers from COVID-19, after age, weight and gender. 

  The gene is present in around 14% of the Polish population, compared to 8-9% in Europe as a whole and 27% in India, said Marcin Moniuszko, the professor in charge of the project. 

  Other studies have also shown the importance of genetic factors in how seriously COVID-19 develops. 

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