As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency.
By studying who has been exposed and possibly infected, better identifying the timing and circumstances of exposure, and where infection patterns of the COVID-19 are advancing, researchers can help the medical community better understand the pandemic and develop strategies and treatments to contain and possibly eliminate it.
The goal of this study was to collect information about the community’s COVID-19 exposures, symptoms and health care visits due to the disease. If you were a health care worker, the study collected information on use of personal protective equipment.
There was no cost for participating.
After completion of the online informed consent, subjects completed a brief enrollment questionnaire.
Subjects received an email with a link to complete an online registration form.
Periodically, for up to one year, subjects received a link to a very brief questionnaire to complete.
It took less than 30 seconds to complete, and could be answered on a smartphone, tablet or computer.
The questionnaire covered the following:
- COVID-19 illness history or symptoms
- Visits to the doctor and treatments
- Contact with other sick people
- For health care workers, use of personal protective equipment
- Vaccinations for COVID-19
The information collected in the questionnaire is for research purposes and is not be entered into medical records.
Some participants were asked to complete an in-home test kit for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).
In this part subjects completed monthly at-home tests which detect antibodies to the virus. At-home testing required a finger prick for collecting a sample of blood on a stick.
The at-home testing did not diagnose COVID-19. Testing was for research purposes only.