COVID-19 Study

  TARGet Kids! COVID-19 Study of Children and Families


Dr. Catherine Birken, The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Jonathon Maguire, St. Michael’s Hospital


The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a global pandemic in March 2020 and has changed our daily lives. Currently, little is known about this virus and how it is impacting children and their families. The TARGet Kids! researchers would like to know how often COVID-19 is occurring among children and households, the severity of the illness, and how the spread of the virus and the preventive measures being taken, are impacting families in Toronto and the surrounding areas.


Study Procedures

Study participants will be given nasal swabs to test for COVID-19 during each week of the pandemic. Each week, participants will also be asked to tell us about any symptoms they may have and they will be asked to answer online questionnaires related to COVID-19. For more information, please email

Importance of the Trial

The results from this study may inform public health about the effects of COVID-19 in children and families. 





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