The research study is been conducted in people who may or may not have symptoms that could be due to coronavirus 2019-nCoV. The reason for this study is to collect nasal swab samples from people suspected of having the 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) to help make new tests for detecting this virus, and/or make current tests better.
The largest published COVID-19 pediatric series to date included only 13 patients considered to be critically ill and only described the Chinese outbreak. There are essentially no data outside of this and nothing to begin to understand the prevalence of severe/critical pediatric COVID-19, the risk factors associated with this illness, outcomes from COVID-19, and factors (patient or treatment) that may be associated with an improved or worsened outcome. This study will identify all children admitted to an inpatient unit with a diagnosis of COVID-19. Clinical data will be collected through medical record review to describe in detail the demographics and clinical characteristics, including clinical course and treatment, of infected children who require hospitalization.
The purpose of this study is to compare the effects, good or bad, of two doses of TCZ in combination with standard of care treatment on subjects with moderate to severe COVID-19 pneumonia. This study is testing a drug called tocilizumab (TCZ). During this study, you will be hospitalized and have study procedures daily until discharged (based on your study doctor's decision). After you are discharged from the hospital, you are encouraged to come back for additional assessments; if it is not possible, you may be followed up by telephone by your study doctor or study nurse.
About 100 people will take part in this study in the United States.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is developing a COVID-19 biorepository which will contain blood, urine, and other bodily fluids along with relevant medical information from individuals evaluated, exposed to, or treated for COVID-19. To learn from this pandemic ,and to develop treatments and strategies to better prepare and avert future pandemics we must study the disease and its effects. The clinical specimens in the biorepository will be available for investigators to use for future research. Compensation is provided for participation in this project for eligible participants.
The purpose of this study is to estimate the extent to which health care workers at MUSC who may have higher than average risk for exposure to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes an illness referred to as COVID-19, may have developed immunity to infection. Two groups of people will be asked to participate in this study. The first group is comprised of health care workers with a potentially higher risk of exposure who may have provided direct care or services for persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection as part of their work duties. The second group is comprised of employees whose job duties do not involve direct contact with patients. The purpose of the research is to determine if a certain marker in blood, IgG to SARS-CoV-2, can tell if participants may have been exposed to and now recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection and how seroprevalence changes over time during the current outbreak in this population of study subjects.