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Contribute to a research study on COVID-19’s impact on individuals, families, and communities in Buffalo and Erie County.

Participate in this research study by completing a short online survey that will include questions about yourself, your household, your wellbeing, your experience with COVID-19, your concerns about COVID-19, and actions you’ve taken in response to COVID-19.  As part of the survey, you will be asked to provide a free-form narrative description of your personal experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your response can be as short as a paragraph or as long as a page. We will also ask if you are willing to participate in future COVID-19 research studies. If so, you will be asked to provide your email address.

Your participation is completely voluntary. You may discontinue the survey at any time without any adverse consequences.

Currently, you can participate in this study in English. We hope to introduce additional languages if and when we have resources to do so. 

By clicking the button and answering the survey questions, you consent to participate in this research study.

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Risks and Benefits to Participation

There are minimal risks to participating in this study. You may experience stress or discomfort while recalling your experience with COVID-19. 

Your responses to the questions will be kept confidential and data you provide will be anonymized. While we discourage providing any identifiable information in your free-from response, it is possible that the information that you provide may be able to identify you based on what you share.

We cannot offer any compensation for participation, and there are no direct benefits to participation. However, it is possible that findings from this study can be used to inform ongoing response activities or future pandemic preparedness. 

Data that has been de-identified may be placed in a data repository for use in future research or to answer alternative research questions. Any data that is shared in such a repository or with other researchers will be anonymous.


Any questions regarding the survey study can be directed to Dr. Lauren Clay.

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COVID-19 Resources

For more information about COVID-19 and steps you can take to protect you and your community's health, take a look at trusted sources.