COVID-19: Making a difference

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Since March 2020, we have sought to maximise the contribution of Children of the 90s to the pandemic – both immediately and in forming a legacy of data and samples beneficial to future research. 

Our participants of all generations have helped us to understand more about COVID-19 by completing multiple questionnaires, taking part in immunology studies and doing antibody tests at home. By looking at the study’s 30 years of data and samples alongside new data, researchers can learn much more about COVID-19, asymptomatic infections and the long-term immune response.  

Currently, a small group of participants are taking part in a study at University College London, known as CONVALESCENCE. The aim of this project is to better understand why some people experience difficulty returning to normal health following COVID-19 infection with a condition often called ‘long COVID’. The findings will help define, diagnose and describe long COVID. We hope this research will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms of long COVID and point to ways that we can enhance recovery, improve healthcare, and assist people back to full health more quickly. For more information, see the 'Understanding more about COVID-19' dropdown below. 

In the media:

 BBC Points West: Long COVID CONVALESCENCE study

BBC Points West: Anxiety levels double in young people 

The Guardian 

BBC Points West: Learning more about Long COVID 

Watch more videos on our YouTube channel and see our latest news releases

The National Core Studies have been a notable success in our response to COVID-19 and the Longitudinal Health and Wellbeing programme has given us a greater understanding of the broader impacts of the pandemic, the risk factors for COVID-19 infection and long COVID, as well as insights into vaccine uptake and priority groups. This programme has helped create and increase access to valuable data assets that will continue to support UK researchers beyond COVID-19.

Sir Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci FRCP, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser
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