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 evolving and transmitting. 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 first identified in the UK (B.1.1.7/20I/501Y.V1), South Africa (B.1.351/20H/501Y.V2), and Brazil (P.1/20J/501Y.V3), we have created interactive resources to monitor the presence of these lineage in San Diego and across the country. We are also partnering with Helix and they have made a very informative dashboard tracking their data on B.1.1.7. On December 30 we first observed the B.1.1.7 lineage in San Diego from a sample taken on December 29.
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 testing and screening individuals and sequencing SARS-CoV-2
Nasopharyngeal swabs are performed at various sites across San Diego, and tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 at the CLIA-certified labs at Rady Children or the EXCITE lab at UCSD. Samples that are positive for COVID-19 are sequenced by Scripps Research or UCSD and results carefully interpreted in collaboration with the County of San Diego and local hospitals.
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/. Information about vaccination can be found via this website.