COVID-19 research information for patients and the public

COVID-19 (sometimes called novel coronavirus) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. The UKRI website explains the science behind COVID-19. Corona Virus Disease 2019 is the name that scientists have given the disease.

In the section below you can find out more about the role of research in COVID-19. 

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Over 100,000 UK participants have now enrolled in COVID-19 urgent public health research supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) - at NHS hospitals and care settings across the United Kingdom.

Taking part in COVID-19 research is vital to enable effective treatments to be identified, evidenced and made available to NHS patients as quickly as possible.


The Principal Trial - Evaluating potential treatments for COVID-19 in Older People

This study is a nationally prioritised research study to find treatments for COVID-19. 

Read the full information and decide to take part

Latest NIHR COVID-19 News