COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. People 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 people 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.
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Are you a first responder, or do you work in a healthcare setting or know someone who does? You may be able to participate in the HERO Registry and share what it’s like to work and live during the COVID-19 pandemic. HERO members are offered opportunities to share perspectives, participate in surveys, and join clinical trials.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Vaccine Stories
Have you thought about being vaccinated for COVID-19 or have you already received your COVID-19 vaccine? Are you interested in sharing your experience? You may be able to participate in a study to help learn more about COVID-19 vaccination experiences. This study involves 1 phone call lasting 45 minutes.
MyPaTH Story Booth 2.0
Interested in sharing your story about health, illness, or research? Patients and caregivers are needed to participate in a research study to help learn more about topics that are important to you and that may improve health and health care. Participation involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
MyPaTH Story Booth – COVID-19 Stories
Participants are invited to share how they are maintaining their health during the coronavirus pandemic, or to share what it is like being ill with COVID-19 and/or caring for a loved one who is ill with COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves one 45-minute session that takes place over the phone. Eligible participants must be able to read and understand English.
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.
Foster Parent Pandemic Education Experiences Study
Are you a foster parent of a child who is enrolled in school (K-12)? You may be able to participate in a study to find out how your foster child is doing in school, both educationally and socially. Participation involves completing a survey. The survey can be completed online, mailed paper copy, or over the phone. Compensation is provided.
Loss of Smell after COVID Study – Ages 18-21
Have you lost your sense of smell? Could it be from COVID-19 infection? You 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.
Long COVID-19 Study
Patients aged 18-80 previously hospitalized with COVID-19 due to breathing issues are invited to join a clinical trial. The study is exploring the safety and effectiveness of a potential investigational treatment to prevent long-term lung damage from the virus. Study participation may last up to 110 days. Reimbursement and UPMC parking voucher offered for each completed study visit.
COVER STUDY: The COVID-19 Vaccine in Rheumatic Disease Patients
Do you have one of the following autoimmune diseases: Rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, myositis, or Sjogren’s syndrome? Are you planning on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine? You may be able to participate in a study to determine the effect of the vaccine on your autoimmune disease. This study involves 9 visits over 4 months. Four of the visits will take place in-person and 5 visits by phone.
COVID-19 Vaccine Multiple Sclerosis Survey Study - Participants with and without MS
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are seeking adults with and without a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis or other neuroinflammatory disease for a survey study to help understand your feelings about the COVID-19 vaccine. Participants in this research study may or may not have already received the COVID-19 vaccine. Participation involves completing multiple surveys over one year
WELL Study – COVID-19
Are you 60 or older? Did your spouse or partner pass away as a result of COVID-19 in the last 12 months? You may be able to participate in a research study about health behaviors and mood in bereaved older adults. Study participation involves 7 visits (online or by phone) over 15 months and includes recording daily activity, mood, diet, and sleep behaviors for 12 weeks. Compensation is provided.
COVID-19 and Multiple Sclerosis Survey Study – Participants with and without MS
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are seeking participants with and without a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis for a survey study to help better understand the risk and impact of COVID-19. Participation in this research study involves completing multiple surveys online over the course of one year.