Who are we
Epidemiologists and Public Health researchers at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. We are also parents, children, grandparents, and friends of people who have been affected by COVID-19.
What is this study
This study is what we call a longitudinal cohort study of COVID-19 (hence, CoVHORT) in Arizona. That means we will study and compare two groups; the first is people who had COVID-19 and the second is people who didn't. We will follow these groups over time to see how COVID-19 has affected their health and well-being.
What do I have to do
Once enrolled, we will contact you by email to fill out some surveys. Each survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. In the first year we will contact you about every 3 months. After that we will check in with you at least annually. We may also provide opportunities for you to participate in other research, like follow-up for blood testing to see how your immunity changes over time to COVID-19.
To learn more about how COVID-19 affects Arizona residents (both people who become infected and those who do not).
How Does the CoVHORT Study Work?
Participation in The Arizona CoVHORT is 100% voluntary and is open to all children and adults who are residents of Arizona whether they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or not! The CoVHORT research study will track the health of Arizonans (the cohort) providing vital data to understand risk factors before infection, during illness, and after recovery. Haven’t contracted the infection? No problem! If at any point in time you become sick with COVID-19 we will start monitoring your symptoms and health through recovery and beyond. Even if you never become sick, the information you provide will help researchers understand what makes individuals more susceptible to severe infection, and what negative health effects may arise after individuals have recovered from the initial infection.
Participants of the study will be asked to complete a survey at enrollment and follow-up surveys at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year after enrolling. We know how important it is to practice physical distancing during the pandemic. Because of this, all of our surveys can be completed using any device with internet access (such as a smartphone, computer, or tablet).
With better information about the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 infection, healthcare providers will know who needs more checkups after infection, and what other health impacts may result from the initial illness. In total, the data collected will help improve health outcomes and save lives.