We are in the midst of one of the biggest events of the century. CovidSense is a citizen science project to understand the impact of this pandemic on our lives, especially our mental wellness over time.
Enrolling in CovidSense is simple and safe. To promote broader research, we will share completely de-identified data publicly. We will also share insights from the data periodically on this website.
The sudden emergence of Corona Virus and the associated Covid-19 pandemic is stressing the public health infrastructure all around the world. As a public health mitigation strategy most countries are turning to social distancing of some sort or the other. While the strength and rigor of these social distancing policies vary across the globe, a large fraction of the global populace has within the last few weeks significantly reduced their human-human personal contact.
This large-scale intervention of social distancing and shutdowns will have diverse impacts on different people. CovidSense is a purely observational study whose goal is to better understand the human effects of the Covid19 pandemic and the resultant public health mitigation strategies. The observational study will be longitudinal and collect information from participants using a web or text questionnaire that participants voluntarily fill.
As a study participant, you will be asked to answer a few text questions either on the web using a web browser or through text messaging service. In either case, we anticipate that the questions will take no more than a couple of minutes each day, on average.
Participants will receive a few questions each day (most questions will be multiple choice) and will answer these questions through a web interface or through text messaging.
The study period is expected to be upto 6 months in duration but the study may end sooner, based on the evolving status of the pandemic and the cooresponding public health measures that are currently in place.
All collected private health information will be de-identied before being shared with anyone other than the PIs and the research team of the PIs. Only de-identified information will be shared with other parties.My protected health information that may be used and disclosed includes: My protected health information will be used for:
There may be no personal benefit from your participation in the study but the knowledge received may be of value to humanity.
We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, as with any online related activity the risk of a breach of confidentiality is always possible. To the best of our ability your answers in this study will remain confidential. We will minimize any risks by following the procedures described in the Confidentiality section of this document.
As researchers we are not qualified to provide counseling services and we will not be following up with you after this study. If you feel upset after completing the study, or find that some questions or aspects of the study triggered distress, talking with a qualified clinician may help. If you feel you would like assistance please contact your local or national mental health hotline or a qualified clinician.
By participating in the study, you understand and agree that Rice University may be required to disclose your consent form, data and other personally identifiable information as required by law, regulation, subpoena or court order. Otherwise, your confidentiality will be maintained in the following manner:
Your data and consent form will be kept separate. Your consent form will be stored electronically in an encrypted fashion and will not be disclosed to third parties. By participating, you understand and agree that the data and information gathered during this study may be used by Rice University and published and/or disclosed by Rice University to others outside of Rice University. However, your name, address, contact information and other direct personal identifiers in your consent form will not be mentioned by Rice University in any such publication or dissemination of the research data and/or results.
Your participation is voluntary. You are free to stop your participation at any point. Refusal to participate or withdrawal of your consent or discontinued participation in the study will not result in any penalty or loss of benefits or rights to which you might otherwise be entitled. The Principal Investigator may at his/her discretion remove you from the study for any of a number of reasons. In such an event, you will not suffer any penalty or loss of benefits or rights which you might otherwise be entitled.
If you have questions later regarding the study or a research-related injury, or if you have complaints, concerns, suggestions about the research, desire additional information, or wish to withdraw your participation please contact CovidSense@rice.edu
For questions about your rights as a research participant, or to discuss problems, concerns or suggestions related to the research, or to obtain information or offer input about the research, you should contact Compliance Administrator, at Rice University. Email: email@example.com or Telephone: 1-713-348-3586
Participants who are citizens of and/or reside in the EEA-European Economic Area: Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you have the right to know what data is collected and how it will be used. You have the right to object to its processing, correct the data, to withdraw consent, restrict data processing and erasure in certain circumstances. The data collected in this study will include
and will be used to better understand the effects of the current pandemic and the associated public health response of social distancing. The data that will be collected for this study will be held for indefinitely. De-identified data will be made public for researchers across the world to study. The research records will be protected by
For questions about your rights as a research participant, or to discuss problems, concerns or suggestions related to the research, or to obtain information or offer input about the research, contact if you have questions pertaining to your rights as a research participant; or to report objections to this study, you should contact Stephanie Thomas, Compliance Administrator, at Rice University. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 1-713-348-3586