COVID-19 Research Testing Surveillance
Infectious disease researchers at UofL are working with all 10 Louisville hospitals and two in southern Indiana to process tests and study the illness and gather information needed to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Because this virus is so new, health professionals are learning daily about how the disease presents initially and how it progresses. They are continually gaining a better understanding of how the virus is spread and improving the testing process.
The purpose of this project is to help healthcare workers determine if they have been unknowingly exposed to COVID-19, to measure how much immunity was generated by such exposure, and to identify those with the best immune responses as donors of high quality plasma for rescue treatment of patients with advanced COVID-19. In addition, the data will be used by scientists worldwide who are working to determine whether quantitative antibody measurements can be used to predict immunity in the overall workforce. Read about the research results.