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What is NIH doing to address the ongoing health effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection?
Researchers leading RECOVER Cohort studies have a broad range of expertise and will work together to identify the core set of information that will be collected and the tests that will be done on all RECOVER Cohort participants.
Potential data sources include clinical exams, health records, autopsy reports, and a diverse range of biospecimens. Data repositories will receive and store the various types of data collected and analyzed. These data and biospecimens will be made available to the research community to support further studies of PASC.
How will RECOVER change over time?
Funding announcements and requests for information describing additional research activities are expected in the months ahead. For example, clinical trials will test approaches for treating or preventing the long-term health effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Study findings will be shared. Key features of the initiative include the long-term follow-up of patients and adapting research strategies as our understanding of PASC grows.
It's estimated that millions of Americans suffer from post-viral syndromes other than PASC. Will RECOVER help them?
RECOVER may help us learn how people recover from viral infections in general. It may also help improve our understanding of other post-viral syndromes, such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and autoimmune diseases—conditions in which the body's immune system attacks healthy cells.
What can I do to help prevent the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection?
How can I sign up to participate in a RECOVER research study?
Sign up to be alerted when studies open for enrollment. Clinical trials will launch in the next several months.
Where can I find published research about PASC, including Long COVID?
RECOVER research isn't available yet. Stay tuned to this website and sign up for email updates.
In the meantime, RECOVER's Clinical Science Core is using the National Library of Medicine's LitCovid resource. This is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19. Articles are updated daily and categorized by research topic, including Long COVID, and geographic location for easier access.
Stay tuned and sign up for email updates.
To ensure this research is informed by patients, RECOVER will engage regularly with people who have experienced SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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