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EARL - nCOV Researchers

COVID-19 Research Area(s): Healthcare Delivery & Policy

The current nCOV outbreak poses a number of challenges. One of the main ones is conducting research to better improve clinical care of infected patients. Conducting research during a pandemic is hard, and associated with a number of pitfalls, including very busy staff, scared patients, and concerns for infection control. At the same time, the public shows that they are supportive of participating in randomized trials during a pandemic, perceiving that the benefit obtained outweighs the risks. Balancing these challenges, operationally, has proven difficult, and this current outbreak poses a unique opportunity to better understand these issues, as well as overcome them.