Yale School of Medicine scientists to study whether vaccine could ease symptoms of COVID-19 'long-haulers'

Scientists at Yale School of Medicine launched a new study Friday to see whether vaccines can ease the symptoms of COVID-19 "long-haulers."

News 12 Staff

Apr 30, 2021, 9:19 PM

Updated 1,116 days ago

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Scientists at Yale School of Medicine launched a new study Friday to see whether vaccines can ease the symptoms of COVID-19 "long-haulers."
The so-called long-hauler syndrome leaves up to 10% of COVID-19 patients with symptoms months after infection.
Researchers say the causes are still unclear. They are looking for long-haulers to participate who haven't been vaccinated yet.
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Professor Akiko Iwasaki says the inspiration for the study started on social media. Informal polling from patient groups like Survivor Corps found about 40% of long-haulers were feeling better after the vaccine.
Other patients reported feeling the same or worse. Now, researchers want to find out what's causing some long-haulers to make a recovery.
Iwasaki hopes that data will help create new therapies and give long-haulers hope.
Participants will give blood samples before vaccination and again at six and 12 weeks after their first shot.


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