Studies for those with a COVID-19 diagnosis

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If you have received a positive COVID-19 test, you might be eligible to take part in one or more of these studies:


The PRINCIPLE study is for people aged 65 or over with symptoms of COVID-19 or those aged 50 to 64 with symptoms of COVID-19 and other specific health conditions. The study is looking to find treatments for the over 50s that can be taken at home,  helping them to get better quickly and prevent  them from needing to go to hospital.


There is a prevention study currently underway which may be of interest to people you may have had contact with. The STORM CHASER Study is evaluating a combination of two investigational antibodies for the prevention of COVID-19.

They are looking for people who have recently been exposed to the coronavirus to take part. This means your family members, co-workers, or friends might qualify for the STORM CHASER Study. To be eligible, participants must join the study within 8 days after contact, so don’t delay!*

Those who qualify may receive:

  • study medication at no cost
  • reimbursement for study-related travel expenses
  • a COVID-19 test and other no-cost study-related tests from local doctors.

Please forward this link to the Storm Chaser Study website to people you know you may have been recently exposed so they can find out if they qualify.

*Additional requirements and proof of exposure may apply.

Convalescent Plasma Trial

The Convalescent Plasma trial invites people aged 17 and over who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma to potentially help others. The plasma could contain antibodies which stop the virus spreading and the trial will determine how effective this is in helping people who are seriously ill with COVID-19.  Men are especially needed, as they generally have higher antibody levels.

The GenOMICC Study

The GenOMICC COVID-19 Study is looking for people over the age of 18 who tested positively for COVID-19. This study is led by the GenOMICC consortium and Genomics England and aims to find out why some people are more severely affected by the virus than others by analysing and comparing whole genome sequences. To do this, the study needs people who closely match the age, gender and ethnicity of the people who were severely affected. Since many of those with severe reactions were people from ethnic minority backgrounds or older people, the study is especially keen to hear from those groups. It requires all participants to supply a small blood sample for sequencing and analysis.

If you would like to register to participate in the study, please visit the study website. If the GenOMICC team find that you are a good match for an existing patient, either now or in future, they will contact you to ask you to take part.

The Canine Detection Study

The canine detection study whereby dogs are being trained to detect people with coronavirus to prevent the spread of infection and reduce unnecessary quarantine.

You can help make a real difference.

The study team is looking for people who:

  • Have suspected mild COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19, or have received a positive swab test result conducted in the previous 72 hours, or are a current NHS staff member, or currently living with an NHS staff member.
  • Aged 16 or over.
  • Willing and able to wear a face mask for at least 3 hours, and nylon socks and a shirt for 12 hours.