Risky business: Scientists seek volunteers for ‘CovidWatch’ virus-tracking research study

Michael Boeckh
Michael Boeckh heads the Contagious Disease Sciences Program at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. (Fred Hutch News Service Picture/ Robert Hood)

Are you at risk of getting COVID-19? You may be simply the sort of individual scientists at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Proving ground is trying to find, to help them discover how the virus spreads and whether someone who has weathered the disease can be re-infected.

The longitudinal research job, referred to as CovidWatch, could add to the development of vaccines and other approaches to help the body install a safe and reliable immune action to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that triggers COVID-19

CovidWatch signs up with other outbreak-fighting efforts in which Fred Hutch’s researchers play a role, consisting of the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network and NextTrace

” Fred Hutch is well-positioned to bring our track record in respiratory infection research, scientific stability, compassion for individuals and drive for quality, to better understand and ultimately treat this disease,” research study leader Michael Boeckh, head of Fred Hutch’s Infectious Disease Sciences Program, said today in a news release

” Seattle was one of the top places in the nation to experience the devastation from this disease, however I’m confident the cumulative competence from this region and the dedication from the community will empower others around the world to better control the outbreak,” Boeckh said.

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Volunteers for the research study should remain in good health, aged 18 years or older, and face a relatively high risk for direct exposure to the infection. The likeliest candidates consist of healthcare employees, staff members of long-lasting care centers and medical facilities, first responders, grocery store employees and bus drivers, plus workers at homeless shelters and correctional facilities.

The procedure begins with a screening survey that’s evaluated by the research study group. Potential individuals will be called for a remote consent see via phone or video chat, during which the information of the study will be gone over.

Throughout the next action in the selection process, volunteers will be sent out a screening kit for self-collection of samples that’ll be utilized to verify research study participation. Upon confirmation, participants will be asked to self-collect weekly samples using nasal swabs– plus regular monthly blood samples for antibody screening, The blood samples will be collected using a house gadget that’s made by Seattle-based Tasso

If a participant has cold symptoms or tests favorable for COVID-19, they might be asked to supply more regular samples.

The research study is anticipated to run for at least 6 months. Volunteers might receive approximately $500 for completing the study.

Amazon is supporting CovidWatch with an undisclosed quantity of financing in addition to cooperation on the research study style, technical expertise and web hosting from Amazon Web Solutions.

Boeckh and his colleagues are hoping to figure out infection rates for SARS-CoV-2, the length of time people who have actually come across the virus is contagious, and whether individuals can be re-infected more than once. The scientists prepare to share results and insights from the research study on a regular basis.

” This research study will deal with some truly crucial understanding spaces that will help inform how we as a society can return to work,” Boeckh said

To volunteer for CovidWatch, check out the study website and fill out the online survey You can likewise email concerns to [email protected]

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