Since the launch of our COVID-19 Study in March 2020, LunaDNA members have submitted over 340,000 responses to gather physical and mental wellness information directly from individuals during this global pandemic. Early insights we previously released in July revealed that one in six participants had taken a COVID-19 test and nearly one-third had tested positive. Today, we can identify a new shift in trends that better represent the current state of the world.
Across the globe, members have expressed how they are impacted by COVID-19, their current health conditions, and the behaviors they have since implemented into their daily lives. Based on our recent collection of survey data, nearly 1 in 20 respondents have tested positive for COVID-19, where 25–44-year olds were more likely to test positive than any other age demographic.
Other preliminary insights from the survey data reveal that of those who have tested positive, 41.5% have an existing health condition.
The following infographic shares key findings on this unique demographic’s behaviors, including how 100% of these respondents are practicing social distancing and only 13% have sought care from a hospital of health care facility.
Different than many institutional studies, the ongoing LunaDNA COVID-19 Study offers people and communities easy-to-use tools to capture their lived experience during this unique time, recognizing that each person, community, and geography is impacted differently and will likely experience different long-term effects.
Sharon Terry, COVID-19 Study partner and CEO and President of Genetic Alliance, presented these early insights to the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats.
“This study is conducted by the people, for the people, and in collaboration with various communities. This inclusive approach has garnered broad appreciation both for its ability to incorporate real-world experiences but also because it’s empowering people to have a voice in what will not be a one-size-fits-all solution to COVID-19. We are responding to NAM’s recommendation to expand to at-risk individuals such as those in nursing homes and detention centers. When unique voices and experiences are represented, researchers can deliver more precise answers.”
COVID and Communities
LunaPBC, the public benefit corporation behind the LunaDNA platform, is collaborating with various community groups to support privacy-protected COVID-19 study including Genetic Alliance and Disease InfoSearch, xCures, San Diego Blood Bank, and the Propionic Acidemia Foundation. Each community’s study has a unique focus, ranging from how the virus affects cancer, genetic disorders and co-morbidities, to general data-sharing for research studies and clinical trials.
We encourage community leaders to create their own COVID-19 study program and leverage the LunaDNA infrastructure to better understand the impact of the coronavirus in their communities. Please contact us at email@example.com to explore your needs and goals.
The COVID-19 Study is an IRB-approved study. If you are a researcher interested in qualifying and/or quantifying the short- and long-term physical and mental impact of the coronavirus pandemic and/or COVID-19 disease, we want to meet you. The LunaDNA platform exists to bridge individuals, communities, and researchers for privacy-protected, socially responsible discovery that improves health and quality of life in local communities and beyond. The need to invite individuals into research from the safety of their home, and to incorporate their lived experience into discovery, has never been clearer. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Voice Matters
We invite all people over the age of 18 to join the COVID-19 Study by taking the physical and mental wellness questionnaires on LunaDNA. Together, we can surface insights to improve our current state and better prepare for future pandemics. The LunaDNA platform preserves your personal privacy, is simple to join, and is free of charge.
This is an ongoing study and is open to everyone from all over the world. We encourage you to share your experiences during this unique time to build a representative body of knowledge and help scientists better understand this global pandemic.