The Opal - COVID-19 Study


Dr. Bertrand Lebouche






Other: sociodemographic and health, daily self-assessment, and feasibility of using the Opal app for COVID

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Details and patient eligibility


In collaboration with involved healthcare professionals and a patient advisory committee, this study tests the feasibility of using the Opal smartphone app to daily capture self-reported physical and psychological symptoms and vital signs among 50 people who are self-isolating at home with COVID-19. A healthcare team at Montreal's MUHC will remotely monitor their condition and offer advice and teleconsultations, as needed.

Full description

In the context of the current pandemic, guidelines were issued by public health authorities to follow the progression of COVID-19 in the community, identify and treat affected people, and limit transmissions. About 90% of people with COVID-19 only exhibit mild symptoms and recover. However, a small percentage of people experience serious symptoms and require hospitalization for severe shortness of breath or low oxygen levels. The current public health protocol is to identify people with COVID-19 and isolate them from others at home to prevent the virus from spreading. Currently, there is no consensus on how to effectively follow-up and treat individuals with COVID-19 who are self-isolating at home. Research is urgently needed. This pilot study will assess the feasibility of one strategy for home-based COVID-19 follow-up . The Opal app for COVID is a mobile application that will allow the completion of a daily symptom and vital sign follow-up questionnaire that will be monitored by a healthcare team. Educational material will also be provided through the app. The study will especially assess the acceptability and usability of the smartphone app.


50 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • 18 years or older
  • Fluent in English and/or French
  • Confirmed positive for PCR+ SARS-CoV-2
  • Willing and able to understand the requirements of study participation and provide oral informed consent
  • Access to a smartphone, tablet or computer at home
  • Access to an internet connection at home or data plan on their smartphone
  • Comfortable with the idea of using a new smartphone application to complete daily questionnaires, access educational material, and communicate with the healthcare team, or having someone to assist them with technology
  • Prescribed self-isolation at home
  • Proof of identity (passport, RAMQ, driver's license)

Exclusion criteria

  • Have received a negative laboratory test result for the infection with COVID-19
  • Confirmed negative for PCR+ SARS-CoV-2 and hospitalized
  • Has any reason, in the opinion of the investigator, which would make the candidate inappropriate for participation in an investigative study involving a smartphone application
  • Enrollment in any study involving an investigational drug for COVID-19 disease during the study period

Trial design

50 participants in 1 patient group

MUHC COVID-19 patients
COVID-19 infected patients, newly diagnosed at the RI-MUHC
Other: sociodemographic and health, daily self-assessment, and feasibility of using the Opal app for COVID

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