COVID START Trial for Quarantined Students
About the Study
University of Kentucky students living on campus who are in quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 are invited to participate in a research study to determine if a testing strategy early during their quarantine is predictive of them remaining negative on day 14—the typical length for quarantine. Ultimately, the study results could aid in providing more information to determine if this testing strategy could safely shorten the period of quarantine.
The study is among the latest measures taken as part of UK’s START (Screening, Testing and Tracing to Accelerate Restart and Transition) program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of this study?
To see how often and when patients who are exposed to COVID-19 become positive for the virus. An objective of this study is to determine if quarantine length could be shortened.
How do I qualify for the study?
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must be in quarantine due to contact with a person positive for COVID-19.
- You must be asymptomatic.
- You must be able to understand and verbally consent to the informed consent form.
- You must be able to comply with the study requirements.
- You must NOT be a prisoner.
If I consent to the study, what do I have to do?
You will undergo extra nasal swab testing on days 3 or 4, 5, 7, 10, and 14 of quarantine. You will also need to complete a survey that will be sent to you via email.
How long does the study last?
You will be asked to participate for a minimum of 14 days.
Once you finish quarantine, you may choose to continue with further testing that may last up to two years. The later part of this study would require a blood draw within 30 days of the end of quarantine and then again at 1 year and 2 years after leaving quarantine.
Will I receive any rewards for taking part in the study?
You will receive an Amazon gift card worth up to $50 for taking part in this study. For every nasal swab you complete, you will receive $10. If you complete all the swabs during your quarantine, you will receive $50 at the end of your quarantine time.
I have a busy class schedule. When would I have to report for testing?
Wild Health will work around your class schedule in order to complete the testing requirements.
How does the process work?
Once you have been identified by contact tracers, study staff will contact you via phone to explain the study to you and ask you for your consent to join the study. Once you have consented, Health Corps will contact you to arrange testing. Be on the lookout for a phone call from study staff and then a follow-up call from Health Corps.
Where do I have to quarantine in order to take part in the study?
You will need to quarantine on or near campus. You cannot participate if you are quarantining in your hometown.
I don't like the swab process because it's uncomfortable. Do I have to do the extra swabs?
It’s true that the typical swabbing process goes far into your nasal passages and can cause discomfort. For this study, you will be tested using swabs from the nose only, meaning the testing should be less invasive and more comfortable than you are used to.
Why should I take part in this study? Will it shorten my quarantine process if I test negative?
This study will not reduce your current quarantine time, however, it may help reduce quarantine times in the future for both you and others across the country. This is one of the first studies to really address the length requirements for quarantine.
Will I receive my results for each test? Will the results go in my university records or student health records?
WildHealth will test swabs for COVID-19 and send results to Health Corps, who will call you if you test positive. They will only call you the first time you test positive. If you test negative, you will receive an email. Neither WildHealth nor Health Corps are part of the University of Kentucky, therefore, results will not be entered into your university records or be part of your records at UK Student Health Services. The study team will get the results from Health Corps.
What if I start the study and then decide that I no longer want to continue?
You may leave the study at any time, but will only receive a gift card for an amount corresponding to the number of swabs you completed.