La Rissa Vasquez

“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

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 Her Own Words

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