Coronavirus research and analysis

Researchers across the University applied their leading expertise in infectious diseases, genomics, and other areas to help address the many complex challenges brought by COVID-19 pandemic.

With over a century of discovery and translational research in infectious diseases, the University of Liverpool is a recognised leader in this field.

Our laboratories have helped us understand how COVID-19 affects people and we helped to mapped the spread of the disease through a genomic sequencing alliance.  

Academics in other disciplines across our University gained insights into the wider societal and environmental impact of the pandemic, while many of our clinical researchers and final year medical students helped to fight COVID-19 by volunteering to work on the NHS front line.

Research areas

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Liverpool household cohort study

Hundreds of Liverpool households participated in a unique study enabling University of Liverpool researchers to improve understanding about how the disease is transmitted, to help inform the development of vaccines and to understand the psychological and social impact of COVID-19.

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Liverpool Covid-SMART pilot

A team of experts led by the University of Liverpool evaluated the world’s first city-wide, voluntary Covid-19 rapid antigen testing pilot in Liverpool from November 2020, followed by early roll-out across the wider Liverpool City Region in December 2020 of the national Covid-19 community testing scheme.

Our research response to Covid-19

The University of Liverpool has a strong heritage of public and global health research and knowledge leadership. Our ideas, innovations and enterprises have helped us respond to grand challenges since our inception. Research expertise and knowledge leadership at Liverpool enabled the University to respond to Covid-19 with agility and at scale, delivering significant impact.