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Michigan surveys recovered COVID-19 patients to determine how to combat the virus

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Michigan researchers and the state health department are working together to survey residents recovering from COVID-19.

Researchers and state health officials are asking recovered residents a number of questions, including whether they were given paid sick leave and what barriers there were to testing or treatment of the virus. 

Nancy Fleischer is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She says the goal is to understand how the state can improve its response to the pandemic. 

“We’re hoping to learn about people’s experiences so we can help inform community responses and policy responses to COVID-19.”

Fleischer says the project won’t speak to all of the roughly 55-thousand state residents currently recovered from the virus. 

She says interviews are currently being conducted and data analysis of the results is expected to start in the next few months.