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Bethesda, MD (KROC AM, News) - The National Institutes of Health has awarded $40-million to Mayo Clinic as part of an effort to determine the long-term effects of Covid.

The NIH says under the contract, Mayo will ”collect, curate, and distribute clinical samples for additional research studies” as part of a new initiative called RECOVER. According to the NIH, the project will “build a national study population of diverse research volunteers and support large-scale studies on the long-term effects of COVID-19.”

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NIH launched the RECOVER Initiative to learn why some people have prolonged symptoms (referred to as long COVID) or develop new or returning symptoms after the acute phase of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. The most common symptoms include pain, headaches, fatigue, “brain fog,” shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, fever, chronic cough, and sleep problems.

Studies will include adult, pregnant, and pediatric populations and the analysis of millions of electronic health records.

“We know some people have had their lives completely upended by the major long-term effects of COVID-19,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “These studies will aim to determine the cause and find much-needed answers to prevent this often-debilitating condition and help those who suffer move toward recovery.”

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