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. For those that test positive, we sequence the virus to understand it’s spread and evolution.
In response to the emergence of a new rapidly spreading SARS-CoV-2 lineage in the UK (B.1.1.7 carrying the mutation N501Y), we have created two interactive resources to monitor the presence of this lineage in San Diego and Southern California. On December 30 we first observed the B.1.1.7 lineage in San Diego from a sample taken on December 29.
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 by screening individuals and sequencing SARS-CoV-2
Nasopharyngeal swabs are performed on nurses, physicians and other hospital staff at drive-up sample collection sites at Rady Children’s Hospital and Scripps Health. 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]. Please note that we are currently not enrolling new individuals.
If you think you might have COVID-19, you should consider getting a clinical test immediately. More details about testing and where to get one can be found on the San Diego County website and also here: https://211sandiego.org/.