To beat the COVID-19 pandemic, a combination of strategies for testing, treatment, vaccination, and community mitigation measures is needed. Research on protective immunity is especially important, both because current understanding is limited and because of its implications for testing strategies and vaccination.
The confluence of COVID-19 with flu season in communities where both viruses are circulating presents significant challenges with diagnosis especially. While there has been substantial interest in the ability to diagnose COVID-19 based on symptoms, not all symptoms have been described or are well understood.
COVID-19 is not just any respiratory virus. Researchers have quickly discovered that it is capable of directly affecting multiple organ systems, and that it can also cause a host of related complications. Among those complications are endothelial dysfunction, sepsis, and acute kidney injury.
Three well-established infectious diseases—Tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV—are poised to kill millions worldwide, with decades of healthcare progress that could be lost due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. Even under normal circumstances, the toll these three diseases exact worldwide is staggering.