UW Medicine scientists studying COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’ seeking participants

Scientists at UW Medicine are looking for your help to study COVID-19 symptoms.

The study includes long-haulers—people who have symptoms that persist long after getting sick.

Right now, there’s a big gap in information about why this happens for some people and how many.

UW Medicine is part of a nationwide study called INSPIRE, and they’re looking for anyone who has tested positive in the last 28 days to sign up and join this 2-year study.

It’s all online. You just need to take a 30-minute survey every three months.

“The thing that stands out the most is just the profound long-term impact this can have on people’s lives in terms of loss of normal physical function and inability to do what they would normally in their life,” said Dr. Kelli O’Laughlin. “We think it’s very important to answer who is affected by COVID-19 and in what ways they’re affected, so we can better get to why.”

O’Laughlin said scientists’ best guess right now is that about 10% of people experience long-haul COVID-19 symptoms.

For more information on how to sign up, click here and pick the UW Medicine location.

Nationwide, participating research hospitals include Yale, Rush, UCLA, UCSF, and others, and researchers are hoping to enroll 4,800 patients.

You’ll be compensated up to $100 for participating.