Face mask to protect against viral infections with COVID-19 protection printed on the bottom.

Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) genes are often associated with certain conditions. They can also affect both the susceptibility and the severity of viral infections.HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8 are the HLA genes associated with coeliac disease. One or both of these genes are present in most people with coeliac disease.A small study by researchers in Italy suggests that the HLA DQ2 and DQ8 genes may actually help protect individuals from developing viral infections including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19).For the study (published in . . .

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