COVID-19 and Evolving Science Pharmacogenomics


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As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to threaten and take lives around the world, scientists globally are working urgently to develop vaccines and therapeutic treatments.1 Meanwhile, healthcare professionals are doing the best they can with severe equipment shortages and limited condition guidance to help patients.

Already, data has emerged showing certain individuals – older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions (including chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions are immunocompromised, severely obese, diabetic, chronic kidney disease or liver disease) – are at higher risk of severe illness. Research is underway to investigate how the disease might manifest differently depending on patient characteristics and identify variables that help predict patients most likely at high risk of respiratory failure and in need of mechanical ventilation.

This article discusses:

  • How genes affect response to drugs
  • Genetics keys to treatment
  • What's next with pharmacogenomics

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