LSTM’s Dr Emily Adams and her team are involved in the COVID-LIV Virology study, alongside colleagues at the University of Liverpool, to assess the impact of SARS-CoV-2 transmission on Liverpool households.
Each member of a household, including children, over a 12-week period, will have regular samples taken from their nose and throat to look for evidence of COVID-19 infection. A blood sample is requested at the beginning and end of the study to look for any changes in the immune response at the start and end of the study.
The team hope to understand the incidence and rate of spread of SARS-CoV-2 in households, what factors control or exacerbate the spread within a household, and the contribution of mild or asymptomatic infections on transmission. In addition, the team will explore the role the immune system plays in disease severity.
If you would be interested in participating, the team are currently recruiting to the study, for more information on how to volunteer please visit here.