Stony Brook University students to participate in COVID-19 transmission rate study

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Hundreds of students at Stony Brook University will be participating in a COVID-19 transmission rate trial, according to school officials.

According to the school, 200 of the 400 students in the study will receive the COVID-19 vaccine, while the rest will wait some time.

For four months, each student will receive a daily nose swab and provide blood samples throughout the student, according to Dr. Sharon Nachman, the principal investigator of the trial.

She says the goal is to discover if those vaccinated will prevent the virus from spreading from person to person.

“We need to understand, among that group that were associated with being super spreaders – young adults – how often, after vaccination, are they getting infected? How high is the count virus in their nose? How long does it present? Is it present for a short time or for a long time?” she explains of the trail.

The doctor says the study is happened at a number of universities across the country to study the spread of COVID-19 among 18 to 26-year-olds, and how the vaccine can prevent infections.

“By having multiple universities across the country, we will also capture the different variants that are circulating,” Dr. Nachman said.

Students that have already been infected with the virus cannot participate in the study.

The trial comes months after Stony Brook University – where there are nearly 5,000 students that live on campus – was praised for it’s handling of the pandemic.

It will also come as New York State opens up vaccine eligibility for all residents over the age of 16, beginning April 1.

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