The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created in 1984, based in the south bay area of Los Angeles, California.
The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation was formed from a passion to change the poor outlook for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through research into pulmonary rehabilitation. Over time, this purpose has adapted to include other diseases where shortness-of-breath and exercise intolerance are hallmark symptoms.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic disease. Soon after, most states issued stay-at-home orders, doctor and dental offices were closed except for emergencies. Now, six months later, scientists have made remarkable progress on understanding how the virus spreads when virus particles exhaled by a symptomatic or asymptomatic person find their way into another person’s nose, mouth, or eyes, conveyed there either by inhaling droplet-filled air or by second-hand contact with a surface.
Developments with COVID-19 continue to be rapid and often unexpected. Some regions in the world that had originally been successful in flattening the curve and mitigating the worst effects of disease transmission have unexpectedly experiences spikes or a “second wave” of infections.
On a historic occasion this week at the Lundquist Institute in Torrance, CA, Jorge Vega, a Long Beach resident, became the first person to get vaccinated in the third phase of a research study on a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.