Helping with Public Health Crisis Response from Home

Use the [email protected] app

You can use the [email protected] app on your personal computer to run simulations that help researchers learn more about diseases like Alzheimer’s, Ebola, and others, and develop treatments and cures for those diseases. It runs in the background, and helps speed up research by utilizing your unused processing power.

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Hyperlocal community apps

We can help by using hyperlocal community apps (e.g. Nextdoor, others) to organize within the community, e.g. to check on elderly people, to help with groceries for elderly or financially-unwell families who are in self-isolation, to take turns to oversee children in the neighborhood parks while parents have to work or complete chores, to point to reliable sources of information (as a means to combat disinformation),... more »

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Gamifying research through FoldIt

Gamifying research - FoldIt has downloadable games where you can solve puzzles that aim to create antiviral proteins against diseases like Coronavirus. The most promising solutions are then developed and tested as the first step toward potential treatments for these diseases.

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Community childcare solutions

With schools and childcare/after-school care facilities going into temporary closures, I think communities have to step up and help healthcare, emergency services, etc professionals who cannot just leave their children at home and report to hospitals, police stations, fire stations, etc. Communities may create their own childcare or sit-swapping solutions. These could be as simple as scheduling and signup apps like SignupGenius,... more »

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Virtual outreach programs for seniors

Consider a virtual community outreach program that allows age groups of 40+ , those with no insurance and are susceptible of the virus who are fearful of going in public, to use a platform to complete basic errands (aka groceries and necessities). However, I'm unsure of the transmission of the virus (ex: can it be transferred from materials?), so this idea would need to be vetted appropriately. I'm afraid that theft could... more »

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Phone trees

We, from home, can collaborate with family, friends, coworkers etc to create phone trees - as a tool for touching base with people, providing emotional support, enquiring about their well-being, and importantly helping identify potential needs. Especially for elderly people, or people who are not as comfortable using texting and email to communicate. I suggest the phone tree approach because I believe that voice conversations... more »

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Creating DIY Masks

...people at home putting their DIY skills to the task of making more hand sanitizers and "masks." No, not the N95 grade masks that require special materials, but just masks that help people restrain themselves from touching their face (something that humans by habit do as often as 20-23 times hourly). So, people use their own home-made masks to cover their at-home coughs (think how spring allergies are going to be here... more »

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Involving young people in research and training

This can be improved by... involving the more revel target, the more difficult one, in this case: the young people. In Africa National Parks, poachers are on of the main threat to the wildlife. Therefore, they try to contract many poachers and convert them into rangers who are protecting wildlife. With COVID-19 it should be the same: the more revel target should be the main target of governments and they should begin... more »

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Volunteering to help with contact tracing

Volunteering to help with contact tracing. Contact tracing often involves hours of phone calls, looking up publicly available transportation schedule data, cross-referencing with other information sources. If responsible citizens can get necessary training through a webinar, and then form a volunteer core for the contact tracing, they will reduce the current burden on public health workers...and free up the professionals... more »

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