For Parents

The COMPASS Study is enrolling children two months and older. Children may participate with their parent or legal guardian present in order to give consent. There are no drugs given as part of this study.

Study procedures include:

  • Parental/Guardian Consent and the assent of the child if they are older than 17
  • Questionnaire – A guardian must fill out the study questionnaire if the child is nine years old or younger
  • Nasal Swab – Nasal swabs are self-collected for older children. Study staff or parents will assist for younger children
  • Blood draw – Children ages two months to two years old will receive a heel stick. Children older than two will receive a small intravenous (traditional) blood draw – approximately 6mL (~1 teaspoon) for children ages two to six and about 10mL (~2 teaspoons) for children older than six years old

Why is the COMPASS Study Including Children?

While fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can:

  • contract the virus that causes COVID-19
  • get sick from COVID-19
  • have no symptoms and unknowingly spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others

Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all. However, some children can get severely ill from COVID-19. They may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe.

Children with the following medical conditions may be at increased risk of severe illness compared to other children:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Multiple chronic conditions
  • Obesity

Children under one year old may be more likely to have a severe illness from COVID-19.

Transmission in Daycares and Schools

Increased community spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may lead to poor health outcomes for students, staff, and teachers.

Where will my child participate in the COMPASS Study?

Your child will participate at a venue in your community where study staff members are set up. This may be a storefront, parking lot, or other public area. The staff will ensure all sanitation protocols are put in place and that testing is hygienic and safe for your child.