MU research study uncovers COVID-19 trends on campus

2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago Thursday, October 01 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Thursday, October 01, 2020 8:32:00 AM CDT October 01, 2020 in News
By: Lauren Schwentker, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA— Researchers at the University of Missouri are conducting a two-part research study to study the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies on campus.

The two-part study includes a survey on behavioral aspects and blood samples to test antibodies and how the two go hand-and-hand.

The study wants to understand how individuals' immune systems on campus are responding to the virus and if mitigation strategies have worked well so far, according to a press release from the University.

Researchers are looking for randomized students, staff and faculty and sent out a randomized email to 3,000 people in the UM system.

The study will be conducted throughout the whole fall 2020 semester and is funded by Siemens Healthineers.

According to Enid Schatz, Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health in the MU School of Health Professions, the study will uncover trends in the MU community.

She said the study will show how mitigation strategies have worked so far, which could potentially changes things for the spring semester.

"If we can better understand people's perceptions and behaviors, we can design future intervention strategies based on those behaviors," Schatz said. "Our goal is not only better to understand disease exposure and transmission in our community, but also to provide resources to those that need it."

Researchers will notify individuals participating in the study if their antibody results are positive or negative. The University will only be made aware of the overall percentage of antibody prevalence and will not learn the individuals' identity.

“If we can better understand people’s perceptions and behaviors, we can design future intervention strategies based on those behaviors,” Schatz said. “Our goal is to not only better understand disease exposure and transmission in our community, but also to provide resources to those that need it.

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