BEST OF THE WEB: Indian study finds smokers and people in blood group O less vulnerable to Covid-19

Comment: The ‘Covid surge’ in India – like the rest of this nonsense – is probably mostly media hype. In the meantime, here’s some real ‘Covid news’ out of India… An Indian study has found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus nearly spares smokers and people with ‘O’ blood group. The serosurvey conducted by the Indian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) also found that vegetarians also have less sero-positivity than the rest of the population. The pan-India serosurvey studied the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in people. One of the authors of the study said the paper was recently peer-reviewed. While smokers and vegetarians had lower sero-positivity, those with blood group ‘O’ were found to be less vulnerable to the disease, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported, citing the study. Comment: We’re unsure what to make of this vegetarian signal in their data. India has the highest percentage of vegetarians in the world – by far – at up to 40%, while just 12% of…