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COVID-19 Study

We know that a variety of factors play a part in how sick people become with COVID-19. But scientific research has shown that even when all these factors are taken into account, there is something else.

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Project overview

Helping to solve the COVID puzzle

Genomics England worked in partnership with the GenOMICC consortium, led by the University of Edinburgh, to analyse the whole genome sequences of approximately 20,000 people who have been severely affected by COVID-19.

These cases, which were severe enough to require admission to intensive care, were then compared to 15,000 other genomes from people who were only mildly affected or had no symptoms at all.

Read on to find out more about this study.

Aims of the study

Decode the puzzle

Discover if there are genetic reasons why COVID-19 affects people of different, age, gender and ethnicity

Find genetic causes

Understand why some healthy people become seriously ill with COVID-19

Better patient care

Uncover answers to help improve treatments for everyone

Why study how COVID-19 affects people?

Some people become very severely ill with COVID-19 and end up in hospital, while others only experienced a mild illness.

We know that a variety of factors play a part in how sick people become; an existing medical condition, being overweight, their ethnicity, and deprivation. But scientific research has shown that even when all these factors are taken into account, there is something else.

This study aimed to discover those differences.

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