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Sheffield Covid Study Urgently Seeks Volunteers

Sheffield Covid Study Seeks Volunteers
Sheffield Covid Study Seeks Volunteers. Photo: Genomics England

New study seeking Sheffield volunteers aims to identify new treatments for Covid.

Sheffield Covid Study Volunteers Required

A new pop-up blood donation centre in Sheffield is urgently seeking volunteers to take part in a new Covid study.

Scientists are calling for people who caught the virus but didn’t require hospital treatment to urgently volunteer for the study.

The study aims to analyse the genes of people to discover why some people experienced no symptoms whilst others became extremely ill.

“We need to find people who tested positive for COVID but experienced either mild or no symptoms and didn’t require hospital treatment.”  Dr Kenneth Baillie, the study’s Chief Investigator

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recruiting into the Covid study

The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been recruiting into the nationwide study, which is being led by Genomics England in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.

From this Saturday (15th May) eligible volunteers from the city region can donate a blood sample at the Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria hotel for a limited time.

Volunteers who are unable to travel to the centre will be offered an appointment for a nurse to visit their home.

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“Over the last 12 months we’ve been caring for thousands of patients who have been severely affected by Covid-19. Yet some people who have had the virus experience milder symptoms, or none at all.

“Sadly, Covid’s effect in the community has disproportionately been felt by people of Asian and Black heritage and this study provides us with an opportunity to try to better understand why. We strongly encourage the city’s ethnic and minority communities to support this study to help us discover new ways of beating the virus.” Professor Gary Mills ,Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Principal Investigator for the study in Sheffield

How to volunteer for the Sheffield Covid Study

The research project is open to anyone who tested positive for Covid but did not require hospital treatment.

Volunteers can apply at the Genomicc website here.

Scientists urgently need to recruit more people from all backgrounds, but are particularly seeking help from Sheffield’s Asian and Black communities.

“The virus’ effect has been more widely felt among ethnic and minority communities, so it’s important we help those who are making such an important contribution in the fight against COVID.”

“We’re encouraging everyone to take a minute to see if they’re suitable to volunteer for the study. The results will be shared internationally and offer more protection to some of the most vulnerable groups of people around the world.”Aman Ali from Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND)

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