Our understanding of COVID-19 after four years

Our understanding of COVID-19 after four years

Four years ago this week marked a significant change in the world when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Schools closed, offices shut down, and many of us found ourselves at home with supplies of Purell and canned foods as we tried to protect ourselves from the novel and deadly coronavirus. At that time, it was hard to imagine how long the pandemic would last and what the impact would be.

Now, as we reflect on the past four years, the toll of the pandemic is staggering. In the United States alone, over 1.2 million people have died and nearly 7 million have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 infections, according to the CDC. The impact on individuals, families, and communities has been immense.

As we look to the future, it’s important to understand how COVID-19 attacks the body and what can be done to help those suffering from long-term symptoms. Ira discusses these issues with Hannah Davis, co-founder of the Patient-Led Research Collaborative in New York City, and Dr. Akiko Iwasaki, an immunobiologist at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut.

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