JHU Homewood COVID-19 Surveillance Study

Although there will be no on-campus instruction this fall, Johns Hopkins University is planning to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 at the Homewood campus in a scientific study. Volunteers are needed—please consider signing up to be a participant in the study by completing a brief online screening survey. Applications are due by Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Study participants will include students, faculty, and staff who spend time on the Homewood campus. Each participant will be asked to:

  1. Complete an initial survey
  2. Report any symptoms daily
  3. Report to Shriver Hall twice a week to submit COVID-19 self-tests (using the nasal swab method)
  4. Complete an antibody test once each week (using a saliva sample)

The study will start the week of Sept. 14 and continue throughout the 2020-21 academic year. This study is led by Lauren Sauer, Principal Investigator (IRB00259926).

If you choose to participate, all of the tests are free, and you will receive $50 in gift cards each semester as compensation. You will know your test results quickly, and if you test positive at any point, you will be guided into campus health support, perhaps before any symptoms appear.

Finally, and most importantly, your participation will contribute to JHU operational decisions, which will help keep our community safe. We hope you will consider joining the study. Your participation in this study is voluntary and your job and/or student status will not be jeopardized if you decide not to participate.

More information about the study is contained in the participation consent form. If you have additional questions, please contact COVID19study@jhu.edu.


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