The San Diego Epidemiology and Research for COVID Health study is a cross-institutional collaboration to understand the incidence of COVID-19 in San Diego.
Understanding the spread of COVID-19
To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we need to understand how the virus is spreading. By screening both healthy individuals and those with symptoms of illness, scientists can begin to understand how widely the virus is circulating in our community.
Healthcare workers in particular are at high risk of exposure and infection from SARS-CoV-2 as they administer care to sick patients. Regular screening of these frontline responders allows us to better understand the prevalence of infections within the healthcare workforce and provides valuable epidemiological data that can help inform decision-making by public health officials.
Ultimately, the goal is to protect our community from COVID-19 now and in the future.
What is SEARCH?
SEARCH is a collaborative research study between Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD, Scripps Research and the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine that seeks to understand the spread and prevalence of COVID-19 in San Diego, with an initial focus on healthcare workers.
Nasopharyngeal swabs are performed on nurses, physicians and other hospital staff at a drive-up sample collection site at Rady Children’s Hospital. Research laboratories at Scripps Research and UCSD are screening samples, with positive results being confirmed with a CAP/CLIA clinical test.
The study is entirely voluntary. For more information, please contact [email protected].