The COG-UK Project Hospital-Onset COVID-19 Infections (HOCI) Study
Hospitals have been shown to play a major role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2. While rapid and repeated testing of patients and staff for the presence of the virus is key to identifying potential hospital outbreaks, it cannot tell us which infections are actually linked, and where to focus infection prevention and control (IPC) measures.
The COG-UK HOCI study is investigating how integrating rapid, real-time COVID-19 genomic sequencing can impact decision-making by infection control teams to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in NHS hospitals.
2,000 patients will be recruited to the study at approximately 15 NHS hospitals across the UK. The study is funded by COG-UK and benefits from the extensive network of existing sequencing partners across the UK. COG-UK HOCI is sponsored by University College London (UCL), with Professor Judith Breuer as Chief Investigator.