N.S. long-term care study examines COVID-19 outcomes, vaccine response in seniors

Dr. Lisa Barrett is an expert in infectious disease and human immunology. (CBC)

Study will have ‘huge implications’ beyond COVID-19, infectious disease expert says

Why do some long-term care residents who contract COVID-19 become seriously ill and die, while others show just mild symptoms, or none at all?

That’s a question one of Nova Scotia’s top infectious disease experts is looking to answer with a study that’s currently underway.

“We know very little about immune systems in older adults — not just in Canada, but in the world,” said Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease researcher and clinician at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

“They are a very under-studied population of people, and therefore this particular study allows us to really get in there and understand immune responses to a brand new pathogen, or virus, that these folks have never seen before.” … continued