COVID-19 Cohort Study (CCS) – Call for Participants
The COVID-19 Cohort Study (CCS) is recruiting participants from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for a research study.
Study title: COVID-19 Cohort Study (CCS): Study of the epidemiology of COVID-19 in healthcare workers and their households (REB #20-0080-E approved by the Sinai Health System REB)
Study investigators: Drs. Allison McGeer & Brenda Coleman (Sinai Health System), & Dawn Bowdish (McMaster University)
Why are we doing it?
- To identify workplace, community, and other risk factors for infection
- To identify microbiome & early immune responses that may protect us
- To estimate the incidence of infection among people working in healthcare
- To find out if viral load is associated with severity of symptoms
- To determine immune responses over time
- To describe the psychological impact of working during a pandemic
Who can participate?
Physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, physicians’ assistants, nurses, receptionists, or other healthcare workers working in private medical practices/clinics or hospitals who:
- Are 18-75 years of age
- Work in the GTA (greater Toronto area)
- Have convenient access to computer or phone with internet access
- Plan to be available for at least the next 3 months
What is required?
- Questionnaires when you join and then every week (online)
- When (if) tested for COVID-19: report results, symptoms, and contact with ill people & submit a swab to the study the same day
- Self-collect blood samples: When you join, in 6 months, at the end of the study, & when you test positive for COVID-19 (to see if you have COVID-19 antibodies)
- Invite adults & children in your home to join
- Participation is voluntary and participants may leave the study at any time
- Participants will be provided with a small token of appreciation for taking part in the study
For more information about the study, please visit http://www.tibdn.ca/covid-19/ccs
If you have any questions about the study, please email the study office at or call the office at 416-294-6383
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