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ETSU recruiting participants for COVID-19 ‘long haulers’ research

FROM STAFF REPORTS
JOHNSON CITY — To learn more about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 virus, researchers at East Tennessee State University are seeking research participants who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and who have continued to experience ongoing effects 90 days after recovery.
Individuals who experience lingering symptoms from the virus often describe themselves as COVID-19 “long haulers.”
“New evidence suggests that COVID-19 negatively impacts various body systems, both during the time of infection and in some, for weeks to months after recovery,” said James L. Adkins, clinical research coordinator for ETSU’s Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity.
Ongoing symptoms after initial COVID-19 recovery could include headaches, joint pain, fever, chills, brain fog, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and/or blood clots. Long-haulers might also experience changes in heart or lung function, change in liver or kidney function, and/or neurological impairments.
This “Long Haul” study requires participants to complete a survey that documents their ongoing symptoms and contributes a blood sample around every 90 days until they no longer wish to do so.
As a courtesy, participants may request a free copy of their antibody results, complete with an IgG concentration that lists the number of antibodies in their system.
The “Long-Haul” study requires that participants be persons 18 years or older who have received a diagnosis of COVID-19 (out of quarantine) with symptoms lasting longer than 90 days.
To learn more about the study, call 423-430-2443 or email adkinsjl1@etsu.edu.