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Thank you for your interest in learning more about this study. Please read through this information to make sure you want to join. If you do decide to join, there’s a link at the bottom of the page to get started.

Atrium Health is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other large health systems on a community study to learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how it’s spreading in our region and around the world.

Study participants will complete short online surveys about possible exposures, symptoms and healthcare visits. Some volunteers may be asked to complete an at-home test kit for antibodies to COVID-19. Antibodies are blood proteins your body makes if you have been exposed to a virus or bacteria.

This study is open to Atrium Health patients and teammates.

Research studies help us gain scientific knowledge that may help people in the future. Please take your time to decide if you want to take part in this research study. You may also talk about this study and your decision to join with your friends and family.

If you have questions about the study, you can contact us at the study call center at 704-468-8886 or email

This study is open to Atrium Health patients and teammates age 18 or older.

Yes. Even if you were never exposed to COVID-19 nor showed symptoms, you can still join the study. We would like to collect information from as many people as possible. Any information you provide will help us answer key questions about the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Only Atrium Health patients or teammates will be able to join the study.

If you’re able to take part in the study, you need to read the informed consent and provide your electronic signature.

Informed consent is important because it:

  • Describes the study
  • Explains why the study is being done
  • Describes what is expected from you
  • Describes the risks and benefits of taking part
  • Explains how to contact the study team with questions

If you read the informed consent and decide that you don’t want to be in the study, that’s OK.

Please do not sign the consent form if you don’t want to join the study.

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As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency.

We need to study the ways people have been exposed to the virus and possibly infected and where infection patterns of COVID-19 are advancing. This research may help the medical community develop strategies and treatments to contain and maybe even eliminate it.

The goal of this study is to collect information about the community’s COVID-19 exposures, symptoms and healthcare visits due to the virus. If you’re a healthcare worker, the study will collect information on your use of personal protective equipment.

There is no cost to be part of the study.

The information we collect about you is for research purposes only. This information will not be used to guide your medical care. Your doctor or healthcare provider will not have access to this information.

The research study cannot provide medical care or COVID-19 testing if you become sick. The surveys and at-home testing are for research purposes only.

After filling out the online informed consent, you will be asked to complete a brief enrollment survey. You will receive an email with a link to complete an online registration form. The form can be completed on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Occasionally, for up to one year, you will receive a link to a very brief survey to complete.

The survey can be completed on your smartphone, tablet or computer. In the beginning, you will receive the survey every day. Over time, you may receive the surveys less often. The study will continue as long as there are concerns about the pandemic in our region. However, you can stop receiving the surveys at any time.

The survey will cover the following:

  • Your COVID-19 illness history or symptoms
  • Your visits to the doctor and treatments
  • Your contact with other sick people
  • If you are a healthcare worker, your use of personal protective equipment

The information collected in the survey will be used for research purposes and will not be entered into your medical records.

A random group of participants will also be selected to receive an at-home test kit for antibodies.

The surveys are daily but take less than 1 minute.

The survey includes a few quick questions about how you feel that day. If you happen to miss a survey, don’t worry. You will get another one the next day.

Yes. You can ask to take part in the at-home testing, or you can choose to only complete the surveys. A random group of participants will also be selected to receive an at-home test kit.

If you choose to do the at-home testing, from time to time you’ll take tests, which look for antibodies to COVID-19. You will do a finger prick to collect a sample of your blood on a stick. Your kit will instruct you to either:

  • Take a picture of the test stick and send the picture using an app on your smart phone
  • Package the test stick in an enclosed return mailer and send through the U.S. mail

You’ll only need to do a test once a month and no more than 6 times in the study year.

The at-home testing does not diagnose (tell you if you have) COVID-19. Testing is for research only.

Yes. Information collected in the study will be used for research purposes only and will not be entered into your medical records. Any information shared for the purpose of this study will have your name and date of birth removed. Your SSN is not used or even accessed for this study.

If you have questions about the research study, contact us at 704-468-8886 or

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If you are an Atrium Health patient or teammate and would like to join the study, sign up below:

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