The COVENANT Study: COVID‑19 Cohort Study of People Experiencing Homelessness in Toronto

Hwang, Stephen W | $1,901,698

Ontario Unity Health Toronto 2020 CIHR Operating Grant

People experiencing homelessness are at high risk of COVID-19, which can spread rapidly in homeless shelters. The COVENANT study will obtain in-depth information on COVID‑19 infections among people experiencing homelessness in Toronto. The study will follow a group of individuals who are homeless to identify new cases of COVID‑19 over the next 12 months, identify factors that increase the risk of COVID-19, and build a model that accurately predicts the number of COVID‑19 cases expected in the homeless population. Information from this study will be immediately useful to help guide public health strategies and housing interventions to prevent and control COVID‑19 among people experiencing homelessness.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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