Frequently Asked Questions

The vast majority of people who become infected with Coronavirus recover within a week without any long-term consequences. However, we don't know much about the health of those people following Coronavirus infection. There is little known about the number of people in Arizona who experience adverse health outcomes, if any, and we are trying to learn more about a person's long-term health after these types of infections. We also want to learn more about the exposures and isolation practices you participated in so that we can find ways to prevent these bugs from making others sick.

As part of your participation in the study, we will use the answers to the routine interview you provided today as part of the data we will collect. We will also ask you to complete four short, 15-25 minute follow-up surveys, after today’s initial survey once at 3 months, once at 6 months, once at 9 months, and again at 1 year from today and at least annually to check in on your health status. If you have been infected with Coronavirus, we ask that you complete one additional short, 5-10 minute follow-up survey a month and a half after each survey until you are no longer experiencing symptoms of the infection. You can complete these online at your convenience.

Your participation will include four short, 15-25 minute follow-up surveys, after today’s initial survey once at 3 months, once at 6 months, once at 9 months, and again at 1 year from today and at least annually.

We hope that all people with positive tests for Coronavirus and their close household or friend contacts in Arizona will take part in this study. We expect 10,000 people to complete the study.

You may benefit from more education about Coronavirus infection and its long-term outcomes through your participation in this study.

There are no associated physical risks to you for participating in this study. Some topics covered in the follow-up surveys could be emotionally distressing to complete. Staff conducting the survey with you are well-trained and will be able to answer any questions you may have or direct you to any available resources to help you cope in the event some of the content is emotionally distressing.

You may choose not to participate without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. Your participation is voluntary. You may refuse to participate in this study. If you decide to take part in the study, you may leave the study at any time. No matter what decision you make, there will be no penalty to you and you will not lose any of your usual benefits. Your decision will not affect your future relationship with The University of Arizona. If you are a student or employee at the University of Arizona, your decision will not affect your grades or employment status.

You can stop being in the study at any time. You will be provided a phone number and e-mail address in order to notify us that you do not want to participate further. You can also let us know at the follow-up survey that you do not want to participate if you choose to do so at that time. If you choose to not participate in the study, the information we collected from you during your participation, up to the point you requested removal from the study, may still be used in study analyses.

There are no anticipated additional costs for you to be in this study, except for your time.

You will not be paid for taking part in this study.

After the study is complete, we may be able to use the data from the interviews in future studies. If you are willing to allow the data to be used for future research studies, you must specify your consent below. Consent for future use of your data is entirely voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time.

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