COVID-19 Research Opportunities for Employees

Health care workers and other essential employees play a key role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health care workers and other essential employees have an increased exposure to individuals with COVID-19 leading to a greater risk for developing the disease and an increase in the stress of the job. In an effort to learn more about the experiences of employees, multiple Johns Hopkins and national research protocols are inviting health care workers and other employees to participate in research and public health surveillance activities. As an employee, you should know that in every case it is a voluntary decision to join a research study or public health surveillance activity. If you do not participate in these activities, it will have no impact on your employment.

To help you make an informed decision about participating, we have created this website as a resource to learn about Johns Hopkins research studies and public health surveillance activities related to COVID-19 that seek to include employees. You may be able to join more than one of these studies but this is not always true. This limitation should be part of your decision to participate. All of the protocols listed are approved by the Johns Hopkins Medicine IRB.

A chart providing an overview of options is listed below. To learn more about any of the options listed, click on the title to access a summary or contact the team using the contact number provided below.

Study TitleTargetProceduresLengthCompensationShares Test Results with Occup. HealthFull Study Description and Contact Information
COVID Evaluation of Risk for Emergency Departments (COVERED) ProjectEmergency Department nurses who are treating patients in the ED, emergency physicians, and ED
employees who do not participate in direct patient care
Surveys and Serology and nasal swab testing for COVID-1914 weeks and 7 visitsNurses and non-intubating physicians will be compensated up to $250, intubating physicians will be
compensated up to $490, and non-clinical staff will be compensated up to $185.
YesCall or text Erin Ricketts at 410-371-4625 or email at for further information.

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Health Care Worker Exposure Response and Outcomes of Hydroxychloroquine Trial (HERO-HCQ Trial)Health care workers 18 years or older who are at risk for COVID-19 infection.Blood draw, nasal swab for COVID-19 test, surveys and participants will take either a study drug or a placebo for 30 days.2 months and 2 visits$25 gift cardNoContact Kathleen Ward at

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Johns Hopkins Medicine Hospital Worker COVID-19 Seroprevalence StudyJohns Hopkins Medicine staff. Limited to 4,000 hospital workers.
Participation will be on a first come first served basis.
3 blood draws and questionnaires (at enrollment, 4 months later, and 8 months later)1 yearnoneNoTo determine eligibility click here.

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