Clinical and epidemiological study of SARS-CoV-2 in a prospective population and hospital cohort in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil, during a 2020 pandemic

  • Funded by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo [São Paulo Research Foundation] (FAPESP)
  • Total publications:5 publications

Grant number: 2020/04836-0

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  • Funder

    Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo [São Paulo Research Foundation] (FAPESP)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    Brazil, Americas
  • Lead Research Institution

    Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto - SDE
  • Research Category

    Epidemiological studies

  • Research Subcategory

    Disease transmission dynamics

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  • Vulnerable Population


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In a global context, COVID-19 is the biggest health threat today. In just over four months, SARS-CoV-2 has spread to 171 countries reaching pandemic status. Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild course of the disease, however, approximately 20% develop severe disease with a high mortality rate that are associated with advanced age, comorbidities and immunosuppression. Epidemiological studies help to reveal the extent of viral spread in homes, communities and hospitals. Thus, preventive and control measures can be established by the authorities. This project proposes to use a pre-established population cohort containing four years of data collection on the participants. The cohort is carried out in a restricted neighborhood in the municipality of São José do Rio Preto, present in the northwest region of the state of São Paulo. To this end, active participants in this study will be monitored for the appearance of symptoms related to COVID-19. A quick access number to the team will be made available in case of acute symptoms and, if necessary, referral to the local health service. Monitoring of hospitalized patients at the Hospital de Base, Faculty of Medicine of São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), who are suspected or confirmed by COVID-19 will also be carried out. Samples will be collected for further analysis of pro-inflammatory cytokines, possible biological markers that indicate worsening of the disease.

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Portable color retinography findings in COVID-19 patients admitted to the ward.

High SARS-CoV-2 tropism and activation of immune cells in the testes of non-vaccinated deceased COVID-19 patients.

Lack of Evidence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Spillover in Free-Living Neotropical Non-Human Primates, Brazil.

Acid pH Increases SARS-CoV-2 Infection and the Risk of Death by COVID-19.

Case Study of Two Post Vaccination SARS-CoV-2 Infections with P1 Variants in CoronaVac Vaccinees in Brazil.