The Covid-19 pandemic represents a global emergency, so it is very important to face the scientific and research challenges derived from this health emergency to offer solutions for the present and the future. In this context and in response to the pandemic, the GCAT project wants to put its grain of sand in the fight against Covid-19 with a new research project: the COVICAT study. COVID-19 Follow-up Study in the CATalonia Cohorts.

We want to assess the symptoms of Covid-19 disease, and the factors associated with pathology, immunity, transmission, susceptibility, and prognosis. We also consider that we must study how the pandemic affects people, specifically the effect that this isolation causes on physical and mental health.

That is why we ask GCAT participants to answer a first online questionnaire with questions about life habits and how the virus has affected them and their environment.

To complete the study, we need participants who can provide us with a blood sample. Blood samples will be used for a serological test to find out the infections and if you have immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the results of which will be notified if desired. This test will be done in different facilities of the Blood and Tissue Bank in 5,000 participants of the total number of GCAT volunteers, so a selection will be made that is representative of the population.

Finally, during the next 12 months, we will recontact 3 more times our participants so that they answer a small online follow-up questionnaire to ask about changes in symptoms and the Covid-19 disease.

This study is carried out with the collaboration of the Barcelona Global Health Institute (ISGlobal), and includes 24,000 people from diferent cohort studies all over Catalonia.

We want to thank Gureak Marketing company for the operative support to this study.

Click here if you have received the email inviting you to donate a blood sample.

Here you can see the evolution of the survey's answers, by region.
Here you can download the informative documents about this study (in catalan).

For any questions you can contact us by writing to gcatbiobank(ELIMINAR)@igtp.cat or to covicat(ELIMINAR)@igtp.cat

Here you can find different news and press releases about the COVICAT project: