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About Coronavirus

About Help BEAT Coronavirus

Help BEAT Coronavirus is part of Research for the Future, an NHS-supported campaign that helps people find out about and take part in health and care research.

Taking part in research means you are helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage coronavirus (COVID-19).  Find out more.

About coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. COVID-19 is the infectious illness caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which was first identified in December 2019. This virus mainly spreads from person to person through the air by droplets and small particles. Find out more.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus experience mild to moderate symptoms and make a full recovery without needing special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness. Some people experience symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called ‘long COVID’

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a global pandemic and is one of the most important medical problems of our time. If you’re interested in finding out how you can take part in coronavirus research studies join Help BEAT Coronavirus

By signing up you could help to improve future generations’ healthcare as well as contribute to wider understanding of the virus and its long term health effects.

Joining Help BEAT Coronavirus

Joining Help BEAT Coronavirus is free.  When you sign up, we will ask you for your contact details as well as some general questions about your health.  We will explain the different ways research is conducted and you can tell us which of these you are interested in.

It is always your decision whether you take part in any research we tell you about. Your participation is completely voluntary, and you can withdraw from a study or from the Research for the Future database at any time without it affecting your diabetes care.

Any information you provide is stored on a secure NHS database and will never be passed to anyone else.  Please see our Privacy Notice for further details about how we protect your personal information.

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Current studies

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Psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

International study exploring the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and changing restrictions on our mental health and wellbeing.

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EVENS (Evidence for Equality National Survey)

This survey will investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown is affecting people and will document the experiences of ethnic and religious minority people.

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PRINCIPLE Trial

The PRINCIPLE clinical trial is looking to find low-risk treatments that can be taken at home for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

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How you've helped us

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Coronavirus vaccine trials

Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Research for the Future has supported a range of research studies, including several trials looking at potential new vaccines. We have worked with local teams across Greater Manchester to support the recruitment of people who had registered with the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry.  Using study-specific scripts, the team was […]