The Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland is currently conducting a two-year CHARM: COVID-19 Health Action Response for Marines study aboard Camp Pendleton.
“This particular study is really focused on some of the long-term effects on some of those Marines who received and did not contract COVID-19,” said CDR lead investigator Andrew Latizia, MD. “We want to understand how the body of an individual sailor is able to combat some of these new and emerging variants. “The infectious disease doctor said he learned that the antibodies produced after the Marines contracted the virus were mostly effective in warding off future infections.
“That being said, we’ve also proven that these Marines can certainly infect other people, even if they don’t have symptoms,” CDR Latizia added.
He said hundreds of Marines had undergone multiple tests at least six times since the study began a year ago. Latizia said they would follow the same Marines until May 2022.“Pictures of their heart, an EKG to understand the frequency and rhythm of their heart, neurological grip strength tests,” he said.
“We were very fortunate that our group of healthy young Marines tended to perform very well around the world,” added Dr Latizia.
The first results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet Respiratory Medicine Journal.
The Naval Medical Research Center has followed this group of Marines since they arrived at Boot Camp aboard Parris Island last year.