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La Rissa Vasquez

3rd Place

Science, Engineering and Math, 2021

Rather than rely on appeals to authority, misinformation, or consensus-formed opinions about COVID, I felt empowered to research the virus so that I could be in control of what I understood. Sharing that information with others is the purpose of this review.

La Rissa Vasquez

Surviving COVID-19: Variables of Immune Response

Term paper for HDE 117: Longevity

Read La Rissa’s Paper (pdf)

Project Description

Vasquez’s paper gives an in-depth synopsis of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), focusing on its innate and adaptive immune responses. Vasquez’s work pulls from a diverse range of sources, including autopsy reports, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and peer-reviewed journals.

In Their Own Words

Read La Rissa’s reflective essay from their Lang Prize application.