Participate in the COVID-19 Genomic Study
In response to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, Silverberry Genomix has launched a genomic study to better understand the current pandemic and improve a preventative response for the future.
You can participate in the study by answering a few questions (takes approximately 3 minutes) and include your DNA file for the study. While we are not determining whether you have or been exposed to COVID-19 in the past, your information will help us better understand your possible vulnerability or resistance to it.
COVID-19 Genomic Study Scientific Committee
How is the study conducted
The COVID-19 Genomic Study intends to identify genomic susceptibility that alters either the rate of infection or the severity of the disease in response to coronavirus exposure.
The study involves healthy participants that may or may not be exposed to COVID-19. It will look into the effects of various factors including age, comorbidity and lifestyle choices such as smoking in the occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms.
Collection of pre and post universal exposure data from a large number of people in different communities would help us effectively learn and come up with recommendations to counter future pandemics. Study participants will have their genome analyzed for the presence of protective or susceptibility factors. Users with an existing DNA file can also upload their corresponding files. New users can use the Silverberry DNA Testing Kit with the at-home using a saliva swab. The study volunteers will participate in an ongoing survey and undergo analysis of their genetic markers. The goal of the study is to identify genomic variants that affect diseases in the healthier participants and that can protect them against more severe diseases. We hope to use this knowledge for the development of novel therapies.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the world copes with the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we know that you have a lot of questions about what it means for you and the people you care about. At Silverberry, we consider education and being informed as the best way to take care of the wellbeing of our users and community. We have gathered the most common questions you might have, aside news and stats, about the virus and how best to protect yourself.
If you have any questions that is not answered in this page, email it to [email protected] We will do our best to gather information from experts and post it here. We will continue to update this page to respond to the evolving situation.
Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19
A professional healthcare provider must be consulted in all cases.
Patients and household members should be educated about personal hygiene, basic IPC measures, and how to care as safely as possible for the person suspected of having COVID-19 to prevent the infection from spreading to household contacts. The patient and household members should be provided with ongoing support and education, and monitoring should continue for the duration of home care. Household members should adhere to the following recommendations. [Continue Reading]
Persons (including caregivers and HCWs) who have been exposed to individuals with suspected COVID-19 are considered contacts and should be advised to monitor their health for 14 days from the last day of possible contact.
A contact is a person who is involved in any of the following from 2 days before and up to 14 days after the onset of symptoms in the patient: [Continue Reading]
So far three mechanisms of transmission have been identified:
- Droplet, produced during coughing or sneezing.
- Fomit transmission (e.g. surfaces infected with viral particles).
- Fecal-Oral; A number of studies suggest that the viral particles could be found in human stool and the lack of proper hygiene may lead to new infections.
What is COVID-19 and how does it spread?
While there are some anecdotal reports that may support the beneficial effects of vitamin C in COVID-19, no comprehensive clinical trial has shown the effects of consuming vitamin C in this disease.
Advance age seems to be the most important factor determining the death rate due to COVID-19
Other common conditions that may increase the chance of death due to COVID-19 include:
Cardiovascular disease: >11 folds higher death rate than the general public
Diabetes = >8 folds higher death rate than the general public
Chronic respiratory disease = 7 folds higher death rate than the general public
Hypertension = >6 folds higher death rate than the general public
Cancer >6 fold higher death rate.
No. There is no valid data to support this.
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COVID-19 Research Update
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