In the last six months, the world has learned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, more commonly known as COVID-19, is contagious, can be deadly, and has become a global pandemic. As of today, more than 8.2 million people have tested positive, and more than 445,000 have died worldwide from COVID-19. There is still much we do not know about this virus. What we do know is that the elderly are disproportionately affected, as are ethnic minorities and those with underlying health conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, obesity, and chronic lung disease.

But could our genes factor into who gets COVID-19, who gets sick or dies from the condition, and who does not? Preliminary data from several early studies now point to yes.

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