Volunteers wanted for virus-tracking study

Michael Boeckh
Michael Boeckh heads the Infectious Disease Sciences Program at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. (Fred Hutch News Service Photo / Robert Hood)c

Are you at risk of getting COVID-19? You may be just the kind of person researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is looking for, to help them learn how the virus spreads and whether someone who has weathered the disease can be re-infected.

The longitudinal research project, known as CovidWatch, could contribute to the development of vaccines and other methods to help the body mount a safe and effective immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

CovidWatch joins other outbreak-fighting efforts in which Fred Hutch’s researchers play a role, including the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network and NextTrace.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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