Presentation Title

The COVID-19 Sentinel Project: Monitoring the incident rate of COVID-19 on campus

Presentation Type

Poster

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Paul Richardson, Chemistry

Major

Biology

Presentation Abstract

The COVID-19 Sentinel Project was created to monitor the rate of COVID-19 infections in individuals who determined themselves to be healthy and an active member of the Coastal Carolina Community. During the summer of 2020 Dr Michelle Barthet and Dr Paul E. Richardson developed a tongue swab test that detects COVID-19. As well as COVID testing, the study also contained a survey that was conducted to ascertain participants actions before testing and personal feelings pertaining to the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, the survey asked participants if they had certain symptoms associated with COVID-19. The purpose of this study was to develop a monitoring program that could help determine the risk of infection in our campus community and any behaviors that might indicate risky behavior. The data collected shows that while there was a higher case number in a specific testing site, contract tracing never indicated that this particular site was associated with an outbreak cluster. This suggests that protocols put in place by Coastal Carolina University to limit the spread of the virus were effective in limiting the infection rate on campus. The survey also indicated some very unexpected attitudes from our participants toward the handling of the current pandemic.

Location

Poster Session 1

Start Date

21-4-2021 12:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2021 2:00 PM

Disciplines

Biology

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The COVID-19 Sentinel Project: Monitoring the incident rate of COVID-19 on campus

Poster Session 1

The COVID-19 Sentinel Project was created to monitor the rate of COVID-19 infections in individuals who determined themselves to be healthy and an active member of the Coastal Carolina Community. During the summer of 2020 Dr Michelle Barthet and Dr Paul E. Richardson developed a tongue swab test that detects COVID-19. As well as COVID testing, the study also contained a survey that was conducted to ascertain participants actions before testing and personal feelings pertaining to the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, the survey asked participants if they had certain symptoms associated with COVID-19. The purpose of this study was to develop a monitoring program that could help determine the risk of infection in our campus community and any behaviors that might indicate risky behavior. The data collected shows that while there was a higher case number in a specific testing site, contract tracing never indicated that this particular site was associated with an outbreak cluster. This suggests that protocols put in place by Coastal Carolina University to limit the spread of the virus were effective in limiting the infection rate on campus. The survey also indicated some very unexpected attitudes from our participants toward the handling of the current pandemic.

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