University Medicine launches study on long-term effects after COVID-19-infection
Free State of Saxony funds research project.
Leipzig University Medical Center is conducting a study of 300 adults who have survived a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The Free State of Saxony is supporting the project with a good half million euros until the end of 2021.
Long-COVID has become a common umbrella term under which a number of long-term sequelae following infection with SARS-CoV-2 can be grouped. These include symptoms such as constant fatigue, tiredness, impaired concentration, or neurological deficits such as loss of taste and smell. Of particular concern are persistent reductions in memory, damage to the heart muscle, and impaired performance. The Free State of Saxony is now supporting a research project at Leipzig University Medical Center with a good half million euros, which will run until the end of 2021 and involve the epidemiological investigation of 300 test subjects who have survived a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
What sets this study apart from similar research projects is the advantage that subjects from the LIFE-ADULT study of the Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases are participating, from whom health data are already available from the time before their COVID illness. Prof. Dr. Markus Löffler, head of the Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics, and Epidemiology at the University of Leipzig and leader of the project says: "With our project, we want to research and understand the long-term consequences of an infection with SARS-CoV-2. The main aim is to find out how long the impairments last and which factors influence the course."