There are many types of coronaviruses that affect humans. In 2019, a new coronavirus discovered in Wuhan, China, would evolve into the pandemic we know as COVID-19. Although most people affected by COVID-19 experience mild to moderate respiratory illness, over 470,000 have lost their lives worldwide to date from it. Now, after months of social distancing and each state in different reopening phases, COVID-19 research is the key to getting back to normal.
To many, the term "informed consent" can sound intimidating. Literally, the Informed Consent is a document that says you fully understand and agree to participate in a clinical research study. Yet, it is much more than a document; it is a process that must be conducted per the laws on research. This process is put in place to protect the safety and rights of each person who chooses to participate in a clinical research study.
If you’re here, you’ve probably seen or heard ads on the TV, radio, or even social media about these wonderful opportunities called clinical trials. So now you’re wondering, what is a clinical trial anyway? Keep reading to start learning all you need to know about clinical trials and how to get involved.