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.
COVID-19 testing involves collection of swabs from nasopharyngeal cavities where the SARS-CoV-2 virus replicates. Many other commensal and pathogenic microbes may be found in the same host niche. Collectively, these microbes are called the microbiome. We hypothesize that the colonizing microbiome at the time of diagnosis may provide leads for early stratification of cases into risk categories, future clinical manifestations of the disease, and insights into treatment strategies.
This research study is looking at investigational drugs to prevent the COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019) disease from occurring in people who have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.The study aims to determine whether the study drugs lower infection by the virus, whether they reduce the need for medical visits and the amount of time spent away from day-to-activities due to COVID-19, and whether they can cause side effects. Participation in the study will last approximately 32 weeks and will require up to 14 visits to the research clinic.Compensation will be provided.
This is a study to see if an intravenous (IV) infusion of medication: REGN10933+REGN10987 is an effective and safe treatment for COVID-19. REGN10933+REGN10987 is an investigational medication which means they have not been approved by the FDA to treat COVID-19 or any other disease. Adult patients who are not hospitalized with COVID-19 (i.e. outpatient or ambulatory) and have COVID-19 symptoms may be eligible for this study. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive a onetime infusion of the medication or placebo. Study participation will last about 4 weeks and may include home home-based visits.
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.