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The WILCO Study - ‘Working out the Immunology of Long Covid’

The WILCO Study - ‘Working out the Immunology of Long Covid’

Overview

We are looking for volunteers to help us understand the cause of Long Covid, design a test for it, and propose treatment

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Taking Part

To register your interest in taking part in this opportunity, please click the button below, where you will be directed to the research page with further details

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Aim

Researchers at Imperial College, London are trying to understand why some people make a full recovery after COVID-19 while others go on to develop long-term symptoms. To do this, we are looking for volunteers to help us do research into the immune response following infection.

Volunteer Criteria

We are looking for people aged 16 - 70 years who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Never had COVID-19 but have received COVID-19 vaccine doses
  • Had COVID-19 and made a full recovery within 4 weeks (and may have since received vaccine doses)
  • Had COVID-19 and have since suffered from the long-term symptoms described as Long Covid. These may include fatigue, ‘brain fog’, exhaustion when walking, breathlessness, chest pain and other persistent symptoms.

What will I be asked to do?

Once you contact us and give your consent, we will send you a questionnaire about your experiences recovering from COVID-19. We are looking for people with Long Covid and also for people who made a rapid recovery.

We will analyse the questionnaires to better understand symptom clusters, especially following infections during the different waves.

We will select people with particular symptom profiles and ask if they would come to Hammersmith Hospital for a small blood test. This blood will be used in a wide range of tests to look at immunity and autoimmunity.

Volunteers may be asked for another visit about 6 months later for another blood test.

When and where?

This is currently a study taking place online and, for blood tests, at Hammersmith Hospital, though we are looking into other sites and will update this page accordingly.

Will I get anything for taking part?

All volunteers will be kept informed about the Long Covid study data. We will aim to reimburse travel expenses.

How do I take part?

To express your interest in being involved please click the 'I would like to take part' button or through the WILCO study page here.

Alternatively, you can contact the research team directly to express your interest by contacting: [email protected]

Get In Touch

For any question about the study, or to express your interest in taking part, please contact the study investigator Professor Danny Altmann via:

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The WILCO Study - ‘Working out the Immunology of Long Covid’ Discussion

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EHayes

EHayes

18th August 2022

As a Long Covid Administrator for Warrington Disability Partnership, we have numerous clients who would no doubt like to be involved in this dicussion, but even travelling to the local hospital (in Warrington, Cheshire) from home, is a strain. There is no way for clients to travel to London - given breathlessness, cognitive impairments, and chronic fatigue, it's impossible. If there is a possibility for clients in the North West to be involved locally, that would be better for the needs of the clients/patients, and they would be keen to have input.

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Clement

Clement

25th July 2022

Is this specifically for folk in the London (Hammersmith) area? I am almost 73 and live in the North East of England. I tested positive for Covid-19 on Boxing Day and sent away the second test for laboratory analysis. It too came back positive. In the meantime I isolated for 14 days just to make sure. I live on a remote hill farm and managed to get out walking up steep hills (in the snow) every one of the 14 days. The symptoms went from flu like shivering to persistent runny nose type cold. Prior to infection I had three vaccinations two AZ and one Pfizer. I would be more than happy to help with the research up here in the North East ...apart from travel to Hammersmith!!!!

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S. Rogers

S. Rogers

20th May 2022

Long Covid sufferers might have trouble travelling to Hammersmith Hospital for a test, personally suffering moderate ME CFS symptoms which significantly worsen very easily. Will apply in the hope that you maybe able to make alternative arrangements for blood tests?

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DAltmann

DAltmann

20th May 2022

Hi - we're looking into possibilities for taking a blood test in peoples homes in special cases

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Zenwoman

Zenwoman

29th May 2022

Agree with the above comment, Hammersmith might as well be Timbuktu, getting to the local shops is a struggle!

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