Five-Year Study to Determine COVID-19’s Long-Term Impacts on First Responders

The study is supported by a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

According to a report from WBNS, Dr. Ashish Panchal is part of the team of researchers from Ohio State University’s (OSU’s) Wexler Medical Center who will be conducting a mulitmillion dollar study, partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, that will examine the long-term effects of COVID-19 on first responders. He said the findings will not only help manage COVID-19 but will also help prepare the public for future pandemics.

One of the first responders taking part in the study is Columbus (OH) Fire Department Lieutenant Thad Turano.

Turano said his son tested positive for COVID-19, and family went into quarantine. He also said that his family never got tested because they had symptoms while already quarantined.

Panchal, professor of emergency medicine at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center., said that first responders have no idea what to expect when they knock on a door, walk in, and take the risk for the public.

Limiting exposure to COVID-19 is a strategy all first responders share.

Although they’ve learned much during the pandemic on to how limit risk, responders are still unsure of what an exposure or infection will mean for their health years from now.

Every week for the next five years, Turano will be one of many first responders who will take surveys about their health.

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