1. Deepening Understanding
While we have made tremendous strides in our understanding of the COVID-19 virus over the past few months with guidance and leadership from UT Southwestern, much is still unknown about its transmission and spread in our community. Information is one of the greatest assets in our mission to stop the spread of COVID-19. A lack of reporting, asymptomatic spread, and insufficient testing have created obstacles in gathering accurate data. The Prevalence Study aims to fill these gaps by evaluating thousands of Dallas and Tarrant County residents to capture a comprehensive outlook on exactly how many people have been infected and how the virus has spread.
2. Addressing Needs
The Prevalence Study is including an equal number of participants across Dallas and Tarrant Counties’ three most common racial/ethnic groups – non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic – to represent the community’s diversity and spectrum of COVID-19 related risk factors. With insights, knowledge, and data from the Prevalence Study, our leaders will be able to address the socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in the impact of COVID-19 to better serve our community. Furthermore, the Prevalence Study is carefully monitoring for COVID-19 hot spots created by racial/ethnic and socioeconomic residential segregation, so that expanded interventions can be put into place to mitigate the spread and morbidity of COVID-19.
3. Building Our Future Together
Above all, results from the COVID-19 Prevalence Study will allow us to create the future we’re all hoping for and enter the new year with renewed hope and optimism. Insights from this research will help our leaders develop effective and fair public health strategies to reduce further deaths from this deadly virus, allow us to confidently return to day-to-day normalcy, safely gather with friends and family, and help revive our economy.
:You can learn more about the study by visiting www.utswmed.org/covidstudy.