The SPRING Study: Severe acute resPiratory syndrome-Related coronavirus 2 prevalence In children and youNG adults in British Columbia: an observational study

little girlResearchers at the Vaccine Evaluation Center would like to find out how many children and young adults in BC may have been infected with  SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that was identified in December 2019 which causes the infectious disease known as COVID-19). The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic due to the rapid increase in the number of cases globally. Many cases in children, as well as in adults, have been mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic (without symptoms). This study will help researchers better understand the rates of COVID-19 infection amongst children and youth in BC, which are currently unknown. This valuable information can help to guide policies and recommendations in BC for both work and school environment

Study Information

Who can participate?
Children and young adults under 25 years of age living in BC.

What does the study involve?
Participants will be asked to answer a short online survey about their basic demographics and health, as well as symptoms of COVID-19. They will also be sent a kit in the mail to collect an at-home self-administered finger/heel-prick blood sample.

How much of a time commitment is this study?
Less than 1 hour.

How will I receive the survey?
You will receive a unique survey link via email.

Why do you need a blood sample?
We will be able to test for the presence and amount of antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19 using a small sample of your blood.

What is a dried blood spot (DBS) test?
A DBS test is a type of biological sampling that involves using a lancet to do a finger prick (or a heel prick if for infants under 12 months old), then blotting the blood onto a filter paper attached to a DBS card.

How will I receive and return the kit?
The kit will be sent to you by mail. To return the kit to our research laboratory, you can pack the completely dried DBS card in the postage-paid return envelope that we provide, and drop it in the mail. 

Will I receive the results of the test?
You will be notified of your blood test results, which will show whether you have developed antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19. 

The tests being used in this study have been validated for research use only. While we will inform you if the tests are positive or negative, these are not a replacement for medical diagnostic tests for COVID-19. If at any time during this study you are recommended by a healthcare provider to have a test for COVID-19 or if you need a COVID-19 test for any other reason, you should still go ahead and have that test at a standard testing clinic. As well, if your antibody test is positive for COVID-19, that does not necessarily mean you are ‘immune’ or protected against future infections. You should continue to follow all public health guidance.

How do I sign up for this study?
You can click here and fill out an inquiry form. You can also call the Vaccine Evaluation Center at 604-875-2187 or email vecstudies@bcchr.ubc.ca.

Resources for Participants

Downloads

Dry blood spot

Download and print instructions for finger prick.

Download and print instructions for heel prick.

Download tips for Reducing Your Child’s Discomfort During Dry Blood Spot Collection.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.    Who will use the data collected during this study and what for?
This study is being led by Dr. Manish Sadarangani and is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. The study team will use the results of this study to help doctors better understand the spread of COVID-19. Results of the study may be published online, in peer-reviewed journal articles, and presented at national or international conferences. Your participation will always remain strictly confidential, and your name will never appear in any publication of the results.

2.    How many people will take part in this study?
There will be up to 16,000 children and young adults (under 25 years of age) in BC enrolled in this study.

3.    Does this study involve in-person visits?
No. All study procedures will happen in your home. You will not come to any study centre. All materials will be sent to you by mail and the return mailing envelope will be postage paid.

4.    How long will the online survey take to complete?
The survey will take between 10-15 minutes to complete.

5.    Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for taking part in this study 

6.    Will I receive compensation for participating in this study?
You will not be paid for taking part in this study.

7.    Who can I contact with additional questions that are not addressed here?
If you have any questions or would like further information about this study before or during participation, you can contact the study coordinator at vecstudies@bcchr.ubc.ca or by calling 604-875-2422.

 

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