We sat down with Dr. Alex van Belkum, the microbiologist at bioMérieux, to answer some questions about gene sequencing and why it’s important.
In September of 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) published a report with a warning—our risk of a global pandemic was on the rise, and the world was not prepared. Three months later, in December 2019, the first COVID-19 cases were reported to the World Health Organization.
After severe or even mild COVID-19 illness, some people continue to suffer from symptoms for weeks and months after their initial recovery. These people may be considered “long haulers” with post-COVID-19 syndrome.
Under detection and underreporting are problematic for a variety of reasons. They make it more difficult to understand the true spread of the virus, which impacts everything from resource planning in healthcare systems to public policies designed to reduce infection spread.