Dossier COVID-19

We present our research projects and publications on COVID-19, which are relevant in the international setting of healthcare research.

In the video Roland Friele outlines the focus of Nivel on the topic of COVID-19. In short: until March 2021 we mainly monitored the SARS-CoV-2 and it’s direct consequences on individuals as well as society. From March 2021 onwards, we focussed in particular on the long(er) term consequences of COVID-19, both physical and psychosocial. We present to you our research mainly on this second subject.

Nivel's international research on COVID-19

I-MOVE COVID-19 (2020-ongoing)I-MOVE COVID-19 (2020-ongoing)

Nivel-Logo-I-MOVE-COVID-19-150pxInfluenza: MOnitoring Vaccine effectiveness in Europe-COVID-19
In working together in the I-MOVE COVID-19 consortium, established in 2020, many partners of the I-MOVE network (existing since 2007) obtain epidemiological, clinical and virological information on COVID-19 and patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in a high quality, efficient and rapid way.

Long-COVID (2021-2022)Long-COVID (2021-2022)

Long-COVID: gaining insights into the long-term complaints after COVID-19
In order to minimize the negative consequences for patients who suffered from COVID-19, also in the long term, it’s essential to gain insights into these consequences. For our reseach on Long-COVID We conduct a large-scale research, using various research methods and various healthcare data derived from different resources: a mixed methods approach.

  • Nivel expert: Prof. Robert Verheij, PhD
  • Nivel project site: Project Long-COVID
  • Funding: ZonMw
  • Project partners: UMCG (University of Groningen), Radboudumc (University of Nijmegen), Maastricht UMC (University of Maastricht) and DHD (foundation Dutch Hospital Data)
  • Nivel involvement: project partner

FluCov (2021-2023)FluCov (2021-2023)

Understanding and communicating the impact of COVID-19 on influenza
In our FluCov project we document and communicate about the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on influenza activity and the measures to prevent and control influenza in the coming years (e.g. by vaccination).

Epidemiology of COVID-19 in EuropeEpidemiology of COVID-19 in Europe

We cover the issue of COVID-19 mortality, the link between influenza vaccination and COVID-19 and the serological testing for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

  • Publications:
Publications COVID-19 - Mortality
Publications COVID-19 - Effects of the influenza vaccination on COVID-19
Publications COVID-19 - Serological testing
Zenderen, I. van (Nivel Research Communication Center). Dossier COVID-19. From: [Last update 18-October-2023; consulted on 17-April-2024]. URL: