Staying One Step Ahead of Viral Infection
Genomic markers predict viral infection up to three days before symptoms appear
Olivia Gaskill | | Quick Read
Even before COVID-19 took over the world, researchers from Duke Health were investigating biomarkers to identify presymptomatic respiratory viruses and help control their spread (1) – a focus they did not realize would become so crucial so quickly. After all, acute viral infections are the most common reason for primary care visits in high-income countries. And, after COVID-19, viral outbreaks will continue to threaten public health worldwide. Despite this need, we face logistical barriers to detecting infection early, such as availability of tools and the need for a priori knowledge of the pathogen in question.
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