A hypothesis about the role of fetal hemoglobin in COVID-19

Academic Article


  • COVID-19 infection is less common in children (with higher fetal hemoglobin levels). In our preliminary study, we also observed a low prevalence and fatality of COVID-19 in countries with high rate of hemoglobinopathy carries. Given these two facts, the hemoglobin structure can play a role in the physiopathology of COVID-19 disease. Several drugs are known to increase fetal hemoglobin in adults. Adding these drugs to COVID-19 clinical trials may improve the patients’ outcomes.
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  • Medical Hypotheses  Journal
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    Author List

  • Sotoudeh E; Sotoudeh H
  • Volume

  • 144