St. Luke's participates in national COVID study.

Updated: September 17, 2020 09:39 PM

St. Luke’s is participating in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study. The study could have major implications for the treatment of COVID-19.


The hospital will enroll 500 healthcare workers to participate in this study. 

Those participating will be asked to complete weekly symptom assessments via text messages, swab their own noses for COVID-19 every week, and have blood drawn periodically to test for COVID-19 antibodies. Research will conclude by May 2021.

Efforts will be made to fill demographic criteria based on age, gender and occupation, to ensure that individuals from all demographics are represented. Potential participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to see if they qualify 

St. Luke’s Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Harmony Tyner is leading St. Luke’s involvement with the study. In March, with input from her colleagues, she sketched out an idea for a study on the epidemiology of COVID-19. She submitted her idea to the CDC for grant funding. Since the proposal was similar to another new study and had the same goals, she and St. Luke’s were asked to participate. 

Dr. Tyner hopes the study will be able to answer certain questions.

"Can you get it more than once? Are guaranteed to have protection against an infection? How many people actually have symptoms?” Dr. Tyner asked, “All the important questions we want to know that may have implications even for vaccines later on.  If you get vaccinated can you anticipate that maybe your antibodies might last for a while, or not?”

Along with St. Luke’s, Kaiser Permanente, the University of Arizona, University of Miami, University of Utah, and Baylor, Scott & White are also involved. 

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