NIH Expands COVID-19 Research

Looking at why underrepresented communities are so vulnerable.

The National Institutes of Health is expanding antibody testing, surveying personal impacts, and collecting electronic health data from underrepresented communities across the U.S. to better understand how COVID-19 affects them.

A large proportion of severe complications and death from the pandemic have occurred in underrepresented communities, but researchers don’t know all the reasons why. NIH hopes to learn more, while also shining light on when the coronavirus entered the country.

“We’ve certainly seen how COVID-19 has ravaged communities of color more than other populations. And, really, this is what All of Us is designed to think about,” said the CEO of the All of Us research program.

He added, “It will really help us look at what has happened. … We’ll actually go back further than January if we continue seeing positive cases. There’s some thought, you know, that the virus entered the United States before 2020.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the research groups looking into disadvantaged and underrepresented communities relative to the level of coronavirus infection and death.
  • About the spikes of COVID-19 cases being seen in some areas across the country.

Sources:  Axios, Fox News


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