A platform presenting personal experiences of having COVID-19 shared from around the world, filterable by demographic.
About the Project
As an asthma sufferer, catching COVID-19 was a terrifying experience. With my symptoms worsening by the hour, I was desperate to understand how my asthma might be impacting the infection, but there was little specific medical advice available. It would have been invaluable to have had advice from people of my demographic, and reassurance that it was possible to beat COVID-19 while having asthma. This thought is what led to the creation of Covid-19 Stories.
Covid-19 Stories is a social enterprise dedicated to collating personal, relatable accounts of having COVID-19 from people around the world. It focuses on both physical and emotional health and will have multiple translations for every video to make the project accessible to users worldwide. Rather than having to search for information across disparate sources, our website will allow users to filter stories by demographic and medical condition, so that they can access information specific to their needs.
The idea was pitched as part of a Techstars start-up weekend, where it received positive feedback from judges and an offer of assistance from Certified Health CIO Nicola Haywood, who runs the Tech4CV19 Slack community. Our website, built on Wordpress, was launched on 27th April. It currently has ten real-life stories from people who have had COVID-19 and we are continuing to improve the site’s functionality. We are appealing for stories and support through our social media channels, which have a combined following of 220 people.
Cloud Security/Data Protection/GDPR Compliance - We will be storing medical data securely in the cloud so setting up the database in the cloud, making sure that the link between the cloud and the front end is secure and that the system is GDPR compliant.
Branding/Graphic Design - We have some basic logos but we have not built a whole brand around the website yet. So brand creation based on our companies mission and values.
Fundraising/Crowd Funding - Forming a kick-starter campaign for us to cover hosting fees and cloud storage fees.
Marketing/PR - Create a marketing strategy/campaign to build up a user base and a database of stories.
SEO - Someone to create an SEO plan. At the moment we are using Yoast SEO through Wordpress but have not yet optimised for it.
Social Media Marketing - Create a bank of social media posts and create a social media marketing strategy to expand our follower base.
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