COVID-19 Research Response Fund

Respiratory outcomes following COVID-19 infection in British Columbia: A prospective patient registry

Thousands of people in BC will be infected with COVID-19. Thankfully most recover, but unfortunately, little is known about lingering problems experienced by survivors and what care they will need. This study will address two key questions: First, what lung problems continue to challenge survivors of COVID-19? Second, what tests are needed to meet the challenges to lung health and quality of life?

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Year: 
2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Diagnosis and Outcomes in British Columbia (BC)

Diagnosing cancer early is critical to achieve positive patient outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on cancer diagnosis in BC, suspending screening programs and drastically reducing diagnostic services. The patient and population health impact of a prolonged reduction in these services is unknown. Further, as COVID-19 restrictions ease, the expected demand for these services will exceed the system’s capacity, significantly increasing wait times.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020

COVID-19 in children and young adults in BC – evaluation of public health measures and epidemiologic support for decision-makers

We do not know how many children and young adults have been infected with COVID-19 because they have milder symptoms and are usually not tested. For most infections children and young adults are important in spreading the infection. We urgently need to find out how much children and young adults have had the COVID-19 virus. The only way to do this is by testing a large number across the population. In this project we will collect saliva and blood from 6,000 people under 25 years and test for the COVID-19 virus and antibodies against the virus.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020

All-cause and cause-specific mortality and acute morbidity attributable to COVID-19 and medical history associated with severe COVID-19 infection in BC.

Prediction models about the future course of the epidemic rely mainly on the trends in numbers of Covid-19 positive individuals, hospitalizations, and deaths. These estimates may not be accurate, however, due to a limited availability of the Covid-19 testing and its potential inaccuracies. There is an urgent need to evaluate the overall impact of the pandemic regardless of the accuracy of available data. Our research will provide an insight into who is most impacted by the pandemic in BC, including the primary effects and the secondary effects not directly caused by the virus.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020

A Spatial Approach to Exploring Vulnerability in the Context of COVID-19 in British Columbia

Maps are an excellent way of simply communicating complex ideas. We will create maps that use sophisticated analysis techniques and draw on multiple information sources. Our maps will tell decision-makers where in BC they should focus COVID-19 mitigation efforts and other interventions.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020

Real time phylodynamic monitoring of COVID-19

Each time SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from one host to the next, a small random number of point mutations are acquired. These mutations can be used to infer the branching structure of the evolving viruses, which is called a viral phylogenetic tree. Phylogenetic trees inferred from viral sequence data can provide much insight into the dynamics of an epidemic, this is the focus of an area of research called phylodynamics.

Primary Investigator: 
Year: 
2020

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