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Protocol - COVID-19 Related Employment Status

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Description

The COVEX COVID-19 Experiences scale is an eight-item, yes/no and checklist style survey for adults.

Specific Instructions

This protocol references “two weeks prior to the COVID-19 outbreak”. Investigators are encouraged to provide respondents a reference point for the timeframe. For most place in the US, this would be mid-March 2020.

Protocol

1. Which of the following best describes your work situation in the two weeks prior to the COVID-19 outbreak?

[ ] Working full time -> GO TO 1B

[ ] Working part time -> GO TO 1B

[ ] Self-employed -> GO TO 1B

[ ] Looking for work, unemployed -> GO TO 1A

[ ] Unemployed, not looking -> GO TO 1A

[ ] Temporarily laid off -> GO TO 1A

[ ] Retired -> GO TO 1A

[ ] Homemaker -> GO TO 1A

[ ] Maternity Leave -> GO TO 1A

[ ] Illness/sick leave -> GO TO 1A

[ ] Disabled -> GO TO 1A

[ ] Other -> GO TO 1B

   If not working before COVID-19 outbreak, ask:

   1a. Did you start a new job during the COVID-19 outbreak?

         [ ] No -> GO TO 5

         [ ] Yes -> GO TO 4

   1b. What setting(s) were you working in the two weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak? [check all that apply]

         [ ] At home

         [ ] In a medical setting (hospital, clinic, doctor’s office, urgent care center, etc.)

         [ ] In an office or apartment building

         [ ] In a private household(s) (nanny, housekeeper, etc.)

         [ ] In a setting with regular customer interaction (delivery, transport, retail, food service, restaurant, etc.)

         [ ] In the community as a first responder (police, EMS, firefighter, etc.)

         [ ] In a warehouse or factory

         [ ] Outside (gardening, construction, road work, etc.)

         [ ] Other __________________________________

   1c. What kind of work did you do? _____________________________

If employed before COVID-19 outbreak, ask:

2. Did you lose any job(s) during the covid-19 outbreak?

[ ] No -> GO TO 2B

[ ] Yes, I was laid off from a job

[ ] Yes, I was furloughed from a job

[ ] Yes, I lost all my jobs -> GO TO 2B

   If laid off or furloughed, ask;

   2a. Did you continue to work at all during the COVID-10 outbreak?

         [ ] No -> GO TO 5

         [ ] Yes

   2b. Did you start or get [a new/another] job during the COVID-19 outbreak?

         [ ] No

         [ ] Yes

If currently working, ask:

3. Did you experience significant changes with your job (e.g. workload, hours, pay, etc.) because of or during the outbreak? [check all that apply]

[ ] No

[ ] Yes, switched to working remotely

[ ] Yes, increase in work hours

[ ] Yes, decrease in work hours

[ ] Yes, increase in workload

[ ] Yes, decrease in workload

[ ] Yes, salary or wages cut

[ ] Yes, salary or wages increased

[ ] Yes, other significant change: ____________________________________

4. What setting(s) have you been working in since the COVID-19 outbreak began? [check all that apply]

[ ] At home

[ ] In a medical setting (hospital, clinic, doctor’s office, urgent care center, etc.)

[ ] In an office or apartment building

[ ] In a private household(s) (nanny, housekeeper, etc.)

[ ] In a setting with regular customer interaction (delivery, transport, retail, food service,

restaurant, etc.)

[ ] In the community as a first responder (police, EMS, firefighter, etc.)

[ ] In a warehouse or factory

[ ] Outside (gardening, construction, road work, etc.)

[ ] Other __________________________________

5. In the weeks before COVID-19 outbreak began, were you a student (enrolled in an academic program)?

[ ] Full time student

[ ] Part time student

[ ] No -> GO TO 6 IF WORKING DURING OUTBREAK; GO TO 8 IF NOT WORKING

   If a full or part time student, ask:

   5a. After the COVID-19 outbreak began, did you continue to be a student?

         [ ] No -> GO TO 6 IF WORKING DURING THE OUTBREAK; GO TO 8 IF NOT WORKING

         [ ] No, graduated or finished program early -> GO TO 6 IF WORKING DURING OUTBREAK; GO TO 8 IF NOT WORKING

         [ ] Yes

   5b. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, has your school offered classes remotely?

         [ ] No -> GO TO 6 IF WORKING DURING OUTBREAK; GO TO 8 IF NOT WORKING

         [ ] Yes

   5c. Did you experience an increase or decrease in schoolwork (time spent working)

         [ ] Increase

         [ ] Decrease

         [ ] No change

If working at home or in school virtually, ask:

6. [Has it been/Was it] hard to get your [work/schoolwork] done because of other responsibilities at home (taking care of children, family, tension, space)?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

7. [Has it been/Was it] hard to get your [work/school work] done because of your home environment (internet, computers, tension, space)?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

8. Did anyone in your house lose their job or lose a significant amount of their income as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes

   If yes, ask:

   8a. Who lost their job or significant amount of income as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?

         [ ] Partner

         [ ] Parents

         [ ] My children

         [ ] Siblings

         [ ] Grandparents

         [ ] Other family members (e.g. aunt, uncle, cousin)

         [ ] Friend(s)

         [ ] Other household members/roommates

Availability

Available

Personnel and Training Required

Equipment Needs

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Interviewer-administered questionnaire

Life Stage

Adult, Senior

Participants

Adults aged 18 and older

Selection Rationale

PhenX used input from crowdsourcing to enable rapid response and release of COVID-19 related protocols in the Toolkit. 

Language

English

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE) COVID-19 Employment Change Questionnaire Assessment Text   7482957 CDE Browser
Derived Variables

Process and Review

Not applicable

Protocol Name from Source

COVID-19 Experiences (COVEX)

Source

Fisher, P.W., Desai, P., Klotz, J., Turner, J.B., Reyes-Portillo, J.A., Ghisolfi, I., Canino, G., and Duarte, C.S. (2020) COVID-19 Experiences (COVEX).

Section 4: Employment/School Changes

General References

Protocol ID

980201

Variables
Export Variables
Variable Name Variable IDVariable DescriptiondbGaP Mapping
COVID-19 Research
Measure Name

COVID-19 Related Employment Status

Release Date

October 30, 2020

Definition

An eight-item interviewer administered questionnaire assessing employment and adult student status during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purpose

This measure is used to assess employment and work situations before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also asks about adult student enrollment in an academic program.

Keywords

COVID-19, coronavirus, COVEX, work, job, career, student, employment, COVID