Understanding the current epidemiology of COVID-19 is of urgent importance in light of the continued pandemic. Given current testing guidelines, the number of individuals within the Charleston, South Carolina area who have had COVID-19 is unknown. Many such individuals may have been asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Thus, the number of confirmed cases, those who are or have been symptomatic and tested for COVID-19, is most likely a significant underrepresentation of the community seroprevalence of the virus. The purpose of this study is to determine the number of prior COVID-19 infections that are present in the Charleston area among adults, and to evaluate characteristics associated with infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.
The purpose of this study is to see if a vaccine that is being developed to prevent people from getting sick with COVID-19 is safe and effective and also to see how well it is tolerated. Participants will receive a shot of either the vaccine or a placebo twice: once on Day 1 and a booster shot on Day 29. Participants will have blood drawn several times for the next 24 months to assess your immune system's (how your body fights off the virus) response. Participation will last about 24 months. Participants will receive payment in return for their time and effort.
The purpose of the study is to see if a medication called Ravulizumab (ULTOMIRIS) may reduce lung injury in people with pneumonia, acute lung injury (ALI), or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) that is associated with a COVID 19 infection. ULTOMIRIS is an investigational medication, meaning that it has not been approved by the FDA to treat these conditions. Participants will be randomly assigned (like flipping a coin) to receive the study medication or not receive the study medication. Participants who receive study drug will receive the study drug in their vein up to 4 times in a 2 week period. Study participation will last about 29 days.
This is a study to see if an oral antiviral medication called AT-527 is an effective and safe treatment for COVID-19. AT-527 is an investigational medication, which means it has not been approved by the FDA to treat COVID-19 or any other disease. Patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19 and have moderate disease may be eligible for this study. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive active medication or placebo for 10 days. Study participation will last 2-6 weeks.
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.