This study involves genetic research, a process that involves isolating your genes from the samples we collect.
Every person has their own unique set of genes, or “genome.” Genes carry the information that helps to determine your characteristics. Genes are made up of DNA. The DNA sequence of a gene can vary slightly for every person. These differences in DNA sequence are called variants.
DNA will be extracted from participants’ blood samples. The DNA will be analyzed using a machine that determines the various building blocks within the DNA using a process called sequencing. This helps to find out if there are specific genes that are present which might be different in people who get COVID-19.
This study will also involve looking at your immune function.
Immune function is how your body protects you from infections, such as COVID-19. We will study immune function by testing your blood and respiratory samples for substances your body makes to protect you. These are called antibodies, cells and proteins. We want to study your immune function to understand why some people get more severe infection of COVID-19 than others.