UC Berkeley is actively engaged in research to better understand COVID-19. If you work or study at UC Berkeley or live in the area, you may be eligible to participate in one of these studies.

Bay Area study

Researchers at the UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health are working to better understand the current spread of SARS-CoV-2 or novel “coronavirus” (the virus that causes COVID-19) in the East Bay and the effects of social (physical) distancing strategies. This study is designed to understand the prevalence of undetected coronavirus infections among adults in the East Bay without symptoms, and to determine how many people may have been previously infected with the virus without knowing it, because they had a mild illness or did not have access to testing while they were sick.

Free Asymptomatic Saliva Testing study

The Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkeley is piloting a new, saliva-based test for COVID-19. The FAST study aims to establish a testing model for the campus. UC Berkeley employees who have no symptoms and are approved to work on campus during the pandemic are invited to participate.

Safe Campus study

The Berkeley COVID-19 Safe Campus Initiative includes several studies aimed at evaluating protocols for safely returning to campus for students, faculty and staff.