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Help Fight COVID-19 in Massachusetts

This novel coronavirus study will look at the presence and spread of the virus in Massachusetts. By joining this study, you are volunteering to provide critical information that will help inform public health efforts.

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What is the purpose of the study?

Led by Dr. Michael Mina of the Harvard School of Public Health, this novel coronavirus study seeks to better understand its presence and spread in the community.

The data collected will help researchers understand:

  • How many people get infected?

  • Are there any risk factors for getting the infection?

  • How does the virus spread and are there any patterns of infection?

  • Who, if anyone, has immune protection from getting infected?

Download a PDF of all the study details

What's involved?

  1. Enroll and see if you’re eligible

    Create an account and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. If you're eligible, you will have a chance to review study details and provide your consent to participate.

  2. Complete a 10-minute questionnaire

    Answer questions about your health and COVID-19 exposure. Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, you’ll be sent an at-home collection kit.

  3. Collect samples from your home

    Once you receive your sample collection kit, follow the guided instructions to gather a finger prick blood sample. Your kit is designed to make collecting samples at home an easy process.

  4. Ship your sample to the lab

    After you've collected your sample, use the pre-paid postage and packaging included in your kit to mail it to the lab.

  5. Receive test results

    Once your sample is processed, you’ll receive your test results and additional study information.

How does testing work?

  • Blood draw

    A small finger prick blood sample will test for the presence of antibodies to the coronavirus in your system.

    If you have antibodies, we will ask you to provide additional finger prick blood samples to better understand antibody development.


Who can participate?

You do not need to have symptoms or a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 to participate.

You’re eligible to participate in the study if you meet the following criteria:

  • You live in Massachusetts

  • You have Internet access and complete the required online questionnaire

  • You’re willing to provide samples for testing through at-home sample collection


Why participate in the study?

Together, we can build an accurate view of how COVID-19 has spread through your community. Your participation may help the development of new treatments.

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    Collecting samples at home allows you to abide by social distancing guidelines and limits your risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

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    Your finger prick blood sample will allow researchers to test for evidence of coronavirus antibodies. These results will be provided to you at no charge.

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    To develop treatments for COVID-19, the medical community is relying on volunteer participants like you to help them understand the spread of the virus in your community.

Help Fight COVID-19 in Massachusetts

With individual volunteers like you, we can create a path forward for us all.

Meet the study leaders

This novel coronavirus study has been developed in partnership with Harvard's Public School of Health professors and scientists.

Michael Mina, MD, PhD

Principal Investigator of the study. Leading a team of scientists to collect, analyze, and transform the data from this study into public health policy and understand the spread of coronavirus and how people respond to the virus.


  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and of Immunology & Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Core Member, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
  • Associate Medical Director, Clinical Microbiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Learn more about Dr. Mina's background
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Marc Lipsitch, DPhil

Co-investigator of the study, supporting data analysis and drawing from his career in pandemic research.


  • Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
Learn more about Dr. Lipsitch's background
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Yonatan Grad, MD, PhD

Co-investigator of the study, supporting data analysis and drawing on his background in infectious diseases and work on COVID-19.


  • Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
  • Associate Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT
Learn more about Dr. Grad's background
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is TrialSpark?

TrialSpark is a healthcare technology company dedicated to bringing treatments to patients faster. Researchers partner with TrialSpark to run research studies on its secure and HIPAA compliant technology platform.

What happens with the information you collect about me?

Your data, including answers to the online questionnaire, contact information, and test results, will be kept private and used strictly for the purposes of this study. No information about you will be sold or shared without your permission.

Do I need insurance to participate?

You are not responsible for any costs associated with this study. You will not receive any bills, and we will not collect any insurance information.

How will I receive my test results?

You will be notified of the results from your blood test by text or email shortly after returning your kit.

How do I collect samples at home?

It's easy — we'll send you everything you need to collect your samples, including a finger prick lancet, to help collect your blood drops.

Updated May 2020