The team, led by Professor Matthew Snape from the Oxford Vaccine Group (Department of Paediatrics) aims to determine how many children and teenagers have been infected with Covid-19, and what proportion of those have had symptoms. The research will also determine how many children and teenagers have not yet been infected and may remain susceptible to Covid-19 when lockdown measures are relaxed.
Professor Matthew Snape, Chief Investigator on the study, said:
“To understand the current coronavirus pandemic, we need to work out how many people are becoming infected without showing any symptoms.”
‘What’s the STORY?’ was set up in 2019 as a pilot study to evaluate the UK immunisation programme, but it has now been adapted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.