Tracking Asymptomatic COVID-19 Through Indianapolis Communities (TACTIC)

This study is being conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Riley Hospital for Children to better understand the prevalence and spread of the novel coronavirus. Right now, it is unclear to physicians and scientists how many people may unknowingly have the virus, compared to persons who do not have the virus at all. By testing more people, we hope to learn more about asymptomatic prevalence of this virus and its spread.

The data generated from this study will help to define the best way to contain COVID-19 infection now and in the future.

If you are interested in being notified of research focused on the novel coronavirus
(COVID-19), and you haven’t already done so, register as an All IN for Health Research Volunteer. You’ll receive notice of future study opportunities.

How to complete the study

Review this document to learn how to collect your specimen. You may also watch the video below.

After receiving your test results

Please select the appropriate information below.

  1. A positive test does NOT mean you will get sick. The most important thing is to stay away from others as much as possible for the next 14 days.
  2. If you currently do not have any symptoms, you do not need to do anything right now. The best thing you can do is stay away from other people as much as possible (see below) for 14 days.
  3. If you currently have symptoms (fever, cough, chest pain) you should contact your medical provider.

Learn more.

  • You probably were not infected at the time your specimen was collected.
  • That does not mean you will not get sick.
  • It is possible that you were very early in your infection at the time of your specimen collection and that you could test positive later, or you could be exposed later and then develop illness.

In other words, a negative test result does not rule out getting sick later. Learn more.

More information on COVID-19

CDC expects that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. In the coming months, most of the U.S. population will be exposed to this virus. You should continue to practice all the protective measures recommended to keep yourself and others free from illness. See How to Protect Yourself.