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The Learning Center

Explore this blog to learn how clinical research helps improve lives for millions worldwide, and how you can get involved.

Can You Catch COVID-19 Twice?

I Already Had the Coronavirus; Can I Get COVID-19 Again? Due to the high prevalence of the Delta Variant of COVID-19 and the many unanswered questions surrounding the novel coronavirus, many are worried about becoming infected. For those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, been sick with the virus already, or both, the worry … Read more

The COVID-19 Delta Variant: What It Means for Vaccinated People

The COVID-19 Delta Variant: Exploring the B.1.617.2 Variant of SARS-COV-2

I Got the COVID Vaccine: Should I Worry About the Delta Variant of Coronavirus? COVID-19 is still dominating headlines, but instead of focusing on the vaccination efforts around the globe, a relatively new variant of COVID-19, B.1.617.2, known as the Delta variant, is commanding media attention. Because of its highly contagious nature, some states, … Read more

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine Development: What’s Next?

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine Development: What's Next?

Respiratory syncytial (sin-sish-ul) virus, or RSV (also known as human orthopneumovirus), is a virus that affects the lungs and airways. Even if you haven’t heard of RSV, you’ve likely been infected with it. Almost 90% of children are infected with RSV before they are two years old. RSV is the leading cause of pneumonia … Read more

What are Viruses vs. Bacteria vs. Infections, etc.?

In any medical setting, knowing the definition of a word or the difference between terms can help you be more engaged in a discussion about your health. When it comes to your understanding of your health, no questions should be off limits. One question care providers often hear is, “So, I’m sick with this … Read more

Diversity in Clinical Trials

Over the past year, media outlets have covered a number of stories on COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteers. These volunteers wanted to contribute to the development of a vaccine that could protect their loved ones. Many volunteers spoke out about at-risk family members. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people from racial and ethnic minority groups. Age, … Read more

The Companies Involved in Clinical Research

As COVID-19 swept the U.S., Meridian began enrolling people for vaccine trials at sites nationwide. We frequently heard the same questions: Which vaccine is this trial for? Is it one Meridian is creating? Can I join the trial for the Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Novavax, etc. vaccine? One silver lining of the pandemic (if there can … Read more

What is Informed Consent?

Joining a clinical trial is an important decision. Most participants come to the clinic with questions about clinical trials and what joining one could mean. This is why every study involves an informed consent process. Informed consent is the process of ensuring a potential participant fully understands the details of a clinical trial — … Read more

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Mutations, Variants, and Vaccines

COVID-19 is still dominating media headlines, and for good reason. Several vaccines have been granted Emergency Use Authorization, but new case and death rates have reached record highs in the U.S. recently. One update is drawing immense attention, concern, and confusion — new variants of COVID-19 have recently emerged. Strain, variant, or mutation? SARS-CoV-2 … Read more

Managing Common Vaccine Side Effects

Managing-Vaccine-Side-Effects

With the emergency use authorization (EUA) of COVID-19 vaccines, many are wondering — and speculating about — what side effects may occur. Rumors have swirled about everything from fatigue and anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions), to Bell’s palsy (temporary facial paralysis) and effects on fertility. The side effects of authorized COVID-19 vaccines are likely to … Read more

Why Do We Need Several COVID-19 Vaccines?

Why Would We Need Several COVID-19 Vaccines?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve likely heard news outlets and government officials refer to ‘the vaccine,’ or imply that scientists are all working on the same vaccine. In truth, many companies are developing many different COVID-19 vaccines. The goal is to identify the safest, most effective way to stop COVID-19. This may actually require … Read more

Find a Study

When people like you participate in a clinical trial, we can uncover better ways to treat conditions that may affect you and your loved ones. Sign up for more information about clinical trials near you: mcrmed.com/find-study