COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Like adults, children who have COVID-19 can experience a range of symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, diarrhea, headache, and loss of smell or taste. Although most children with COVID-19 recover, others can become severely ill or even die. Research into COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and effects on health and society is ongoing. Please check this page regularly for updates.
- Already a pediatric Pitt+Me participant and want to add COVID-19 research studies to your child's preferences? Log in to your child's account, go to the manage profile section, and check the COVID-19 box in the menu.
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Pittsburgh Vaccine Clinical Trial Unit Registry – Children Aged Birth-17
Are you the parent of a child under 18 years of age? If so, you can sign your child up for the Pittsburgh Vaccine Clinical Trial Unit Registry—a group of people who agree to be contacted when a new vaccine is ready to be tested. Consent to participate in this research study can be done online. Compensation provided if a blood sample is collected.
Have you recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a child under the age of 18 living in your household? You and your child may be able to participate in a study that is looking at how COVID-19 infections spread in people living in the same house. You will be asked to swab your child's nose with a provided swab up to 2 times and complete a symptom diary. Compensation is provided.
Loss of Smell after COVID Study – Ages 6-17
Has your child (ages 6-17) lost their sense of smell? Could it be from COVID-19 infection? Your child may be able to participate in a study that is looking at the effects of smell retraining therapy for those who have lost their sense of smell due to COVID-19 infection. This study involves up to 4 visits over one year and being randomly assigned to one of two treatments for loss of smell.