Long-Term Immunological Health Consequences of COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "As the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic continues, it has become clear that infection with SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] may be responsible for previously unexpected long-term immunological health consequences. The UK's immunologists have been at the forefront of researching the phenomena that we are seeing and the mechanisms behind them. This briefing note aims to summarise what we do and don't currently know about the long-term immunological health consequences of COVID-19 and sets out the key recommendations for future research. [...] The briefing note lays out several recommendations to help us understand what SARS-CoV-2 and our immune response to it does to our health over the long term. This includes using large cohort studies over a number of years to follow the health of those have been infected from diverse demographics. This type of longitudinal study is particularly important to aid knowledge on the long-term effects of COVID-19. Failure to seize this opportunity now has the potential to perpetuate chronic ill health in those patients recovering from COVID-19[.]"

2020 British Society for Immunology
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