How can I volunteer for clinical studies related to COVID-19?
Clinical studies related to COVID-19 need volunteers, and if you are interested there are participating research sites where you can sign up:
- The National Institute of Health (NIH), through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is conducting and supporting clinical trials evaluating therapies and vaccine candidates against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as well as studies of people who have recovered from infection.
- Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a new Combat COVID web portal containing current information on clinical trials that people can participate in, as well as processes for donating blood and plasma, that will lead to prevention and treatment breakthroughs to benefit everyone.
- A frequently updated, comprehensive list of all COVID-19 clinical trials can be found on ClinicalTrials.gov.
- If you are looking to participate in a study being conducted near you, Center Watch lists clinical trials seeking participants by city.
It is important to do your own research on which clinical trials related to COVID-19 are ongoing and what are the requirements you need to fulfill in order to participate in an impactful way.
When you reach out to one of the participating research sites, they should inform you what kind of research they are conducting. In turn, you may be asked for your personal information which will help them determine whether the studies that are open are a good fit for you.
In order to make an informed decision on whether you should participate in a clinical study, it is important to have detailed discussions about the nature of the study with the research staff.
Should you have or need a legally authorized representative, they will be asked to accompany you or help you better understand the legal aspects of your participation.