Coronavirus

This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

While the hospital has not announced any vaccine trials yet, the University of Chicago Medical Center is launching a vaccine trial registry where people willing to participate in future COVID-19 research can sign up.

The registry is free and open to all participants, whether they have tested positive or negative for the coronavirus, think they may have had it, or have never experienced the disease or its symptoms. People can opt out at any time.

The registry is available at covidvaccinestudies.uchicago.edu.

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