Investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian are recruiting 1,000 health care workers for a study on COVID-19 that seeks to answer the question: why do some people become severely ill, while others have no symptoms? The study aims to recruit 1,000 asymptomatic health care workers.
NYP-WELCOME volunteers will visit the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center monthly, respond to a brief questionnaire about their health and potential exposure, receive nasopharyngeal swab tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection and contribute blood, urine, stool, and saliva samples for two years. Over the course of the planned two-year study, which began during the height of the pandemic in New York City, the researchers estimate that at least 100 individuals will test positive for SARS-CoV-2, enabling comparison with others.
The NYP-WELCOME study is a multidisciplinary collaboration that includes 18 co-investigators across a range of specialties, including immunology, microbiology, clinical genetics, pathology, virology, precision medicine and informatics.
Contact: NYPWELCOME@med.cornell.edu (with email subject: NYP-WELCOME Study) for an appointment, to meet our research associates at CTSC (Clinical Translational Science Center), Weill Cornell Medicine, 525 East 68th street, F-260.