Immune Aging Phenotypes and COVID-19 Risk in the Health and Retirement Study

Helen Meier
Assistant Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research


The goal of this pilot project is to determine if pre-pandemic features of immune aging (i.e., age associated T-cell subsets, inflammation, and epigenetic age) are associated with COVID-19 infection and disease severity.  The pilot draws upon data from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative longitudinal study of adults over 55 years.