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Exploring selenium’s impact in North Carolina, for Covid

DR. SETH ARMAH, assistant professor of nutrition, has received new funding from the NC Policy Collaboratory to research nutrition as it relates to COVID-19 in North Carolina. Armah is the lead PI for the study, and DR. MARYANNE PERRIN, assistant professor of nutrition, is the PI.

The impact of nutrition on health outcomes in individuals infected with COVID-19 virus remains largely unknown.

Micronutrients such as selenium and zinc influence immune function and inflammatory status.

In the project, the researchers will examine how dietary intake and status of these two micronutrients affect the severity of COVID-19 illness in a population of North Carolinians. They anticipate that frequent consumption and adequate status of selenium and zinc will be associated with lower severity of symptoms during COVID-19 infection.

See more on the research project by Armah and Perrin.

See related story on Dr. Ethan Taylor’s selenium research.

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