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COVID-19 projects looking for volunteers

New or established projects helping with the COVID-19 crisis that need help. Volunteer yourself or create a new one. Sign up to volunteer.

  • Growing out of a new Facebook Group (How Can I Help?) based in Mill Valley, CA, we are rapidly building a mobile app (iOS/Android) and React website (all connected) to facilitate rapid connections between individuals who need help and individuals/local businesses who can help them.

    We expect our time to market to be days not weeks. We want to support local businesses who need to connect with customers in new and creative ways in order to earn revenue and to support at-risk populations who need help while in self-quarantine.

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  • 206 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Selftrace is an open-source effort to create a live map that anonymously shows all users who self-reportedly have COVID-19 or show some of its symptoms. We are building a tool that

    1. Will help people track the spread in real-time and self-distance accordingly
    2. Give us an idea on how fast the virus is spreading according to unofficial user data.

    We believe tracking self-reported/unofficial cases is important since many countries have limited testing capabilities, so official numbers will naturally fail to reflect the nature of reality. Volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome!

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  • 180 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Current COVID testing capacity #s may be inflated and dependent on fragile global supply chains. We’re scaling robust COVID testing to protect healthcare workers with a lab in LA.

    Helping with:
    LA/SF or remote
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  • 4/7 8AM CST Update - Team members still needed! Please connect by registering here and we'll setup intros shortly!

    FRONTEND & BACKEND HELP NEEDED
    UX/UI Who can project manage needed.

    ***Problem: COVID-19 Will Cause Staffing Shortages***
    ***Idea: Professionals have spare time to volunteer to hospitals***
    ***Solution: Website that connects professionals to hospitals in need***

    Our goal is to connect medical providers to hospitals with staffing shortages caused by COVID-19. Italy & France have shown us the importance of being able to increase hospital capacity quickly. In addition to nurses & doctors, facilities will need technicians, schedulers, admins, etc.

    We are building a centralized location where hospitals can request services, and anyone with a medical skillset can offer their time.

    ***Roadmap***
    With current projections, the largest strain on the healthcare system will come 2-4 weeks from today. To get ahead of the curve we are executing a version of the following plan -

    Week 1 - Build Intake for Volunteers & Hospitals (COMPLETE)
    Week 2 - Begin to Match Volunteers to Jobs (NEED HELP NOW)
    Week 3 - Continue enrollment & Run Support Operations
    Week 4 & Onward - Develop features facilities are asking for.

    We launched our beta targeted at physicians before the Coronavirus pandemic and can be viewed here: https://apollohct.com

    Tech & Non-Tech volunteers welcome. Together we can mitigate staffing shortages and save lives.

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  • 143 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    OpenCrisisBoard is an open-source ready-to-deploy application that builds community resilience by letting users communicate on needs-focused message boards, such as Volunteering Services (Think grocery delivery for elderly) and other needs like Medication, Food & Water, Shelter, and more.

    The boards only allow for sign-ups via Facebook or Twitter accounts, and not anonymous or email-based accounts, avoiding the spread of misinformation by letting users easily vet the source of the information.

    The primary goal is for it to be a good source of important information for communities. The secondary goal is to connect users amongst questions and needs that government services currently does not account for, such as volunteer-based child care (in a safe way) as well as grocery delivery for elderly.

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  • 140 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We need to develop a strategic reserve of 1,000,000+ emergency ventilators ASAP. These don't need to be fancy medical ventilators, they just need to work.

    In a pandemic, the limited existing ventilator supply and stockpile should be reserved for treating the most critical life-threatening cases.

    We need to create an emergency ventilator that can be used for millions of minor cases, including patients who require long-term (15-30 day) ventilation on recovery.

    There are ~160,000 ventilators in the US now. (See: http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/resources/COVID-19/200214-VentilatorAvailability-factsheet.pdf)

    The US alone needs >740,000 ventilators in a Spanish flu-level outbreak. (See: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/upshot/coronavirus-biggest-worry-hospital-capacity.html)

    The CDC Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has only ~10,000 ventilators. (See: CHS)

    Ventilators are only valuable when they're matched to patients in need, so we need to dynamically track ventilator supply and demand by hospital and efficiently distribute additional ventilators to hospitals with the highest unmet demand.

    We need to train thousands of people to operate these ventilators. One model showed that the supply of respiratory therapists, not the supply of ventilators, would be the limiting factor in providing respiratory care to patients in hospitals. (See: CHS)

    The ideal device will be easy to transport, sanitize, and use in low- and no-power settings. Our design needs to scale to 1M+ devices for < $200/unit and needs to be operable by anyone with < 1 hour of training.

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  • 123 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We just launched giftcardbank.org with a group of volunteers from helpwithcovid!

    We’re donating gift cards to people who are the most affected by Coronavirus. You can help.

    Every year $3 Billion of unspent gift cards go to waste. We’re on a mission to change that. The goal of the #ShowYourCards campaign is to encourage people from around the country to donate the gift cards that they have lying around unused on giftcardbank.org.

    Gift Card Bank will make sure those gift cards get into the hands of the families who have been most affected by Coronavirus.

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  • The Problem

    Making sense of the current COVID-19 environment requires piecing together hundreds of fragmented channels. This includes, but is not limited to, waiting for sluggish updates from the CDC, sifting through various Twitter feeds, or calling your friends for the latest on fear-mongering rumors. What if there could be a better way to be in the loop, without hunting through multiple channels?

    The What

    Coronavirus Wire is a curated news aggregator that provides real-time updates on the most important changes affecting your local community, so that you can stay informed and make rational decisions.

    It's designed to counteract misinformation and rumors around Coronavirus spread through social media by highlighting what's truly happening locally, nationally, and globally around you. Determine wait times at your local hospital, see grocery store item shortages, and take actions according to municipality rules. Quickly learn what's happening to your neighborhood, plan decisions on the available local resources, and take action knowing you are informed to the best of your abilities. Stay informed locally. Act rationally.

    A more detailed proposal can be found here:
    https://www.notion.so/jefflin/Coronavirus-Wire-Proposal-cc0839ac0aed45c19c4784e3a0086d72

    remote (although ideally closest to San Francisco timezone)
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  • 112 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Currently information about vaccine and treatment development is decentralized across news outlets, company press releases and social media. There are several excellent examples of infection/death/recovery trackers and maps that provide guidance on the status of the pandemic progression, but it is also important to disseminate accurate information with appropriate caveats and epistemic humility on the progress (or lack thereof) of a potential vaccine and treatments for COVID-19. This would help governments, organizations and businesses better plan in accordance with the estimated timelines and likelihood (or lack thereof) of a potential vaccine, and help understand the timelines for potential treatments, partly so that we can plan the extent of containment efforts (e.g. if trial results for treatments are around the corner, it will motivate stricter containment efforts in the short term). The status of these projects are of interest to everyone in the world right now, so its time we had a central dashboard for everyone to track this progress.

    Helping with:
    Looking for:
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  • Objective: Reduce the R0 to < 1 by October 1, 2020

    We're trying to predict & prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections by:

    1. Using wearables to detect variances in resting heart rate, sleep, & body temperature

    Studies show that resting heart rate data & sleep quality measured from a Fitbit can predict influenza-like illnesses at the state level. We're extending these studies to detect COVID-19.

    2. Crowdsourcing self-reported symptom checks

    Along with passive, synchronous, and physiological data analysis, we're crowdsourcing self-reported symptom checks. Daily check-ins can help understand where the greatest needs will be.

    3. Gamifying self-quarantine, isolation, & social distancing protocols

    Let's apply behavioral economics & gamification techniques that incentivize people to follow the best protocols for their situation. We can have leaderboards for the most time stayed at home, mint cryptocurrency for daily check-ins, etc. Let's make it helpful, fun and less scary.

    The end goal is to get ahead of the coronavirus infection and flatten the curve before our healthcare system collapses.

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  • 101 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    'Face pandemic' is a non-profit and community-driven effort to utilized specialized technologies to identify, analyze and take preventive measures for outbreaks of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Unfortunately, most governments were not prepared to handle this pandemic. As a result, we the citizens have to take control and use our skills and efforts to keep everyone in communities safe globally. We have developed an application that anonymously acquires health and location information form participants and performs real-time analytics to predict the spread of the virus, alert everyone about the hot zones and identify preventive measures. Predictive analytics capability can help health professionals and emergency response teams to prepare in advance. THIS IS NOT A CONTACT TRACING APP. Our focus is to create a complete system that can help to identify infectious diseases in the early stages, start preventive measures and operation planning for the doctors/hospitals. Scale and reach to the maximum number of population is the key and it should work online - offline. We can't ever again in this situation yet and need to remember "Prevention is better than cure".

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  • With elementary schools suddenly closed for the rest of the year, parents are struggling to balance work, caring for others and the sudden responsibility for keeping their children educated and on track for school.

    We just launched a web app that helps parents trade off supervising different subjects using video chat so that when another parent is on duty, they can work from home or care for other family members.

    If a parent can't get dedicated time to work, their job is (more) at risk. If they don't have dedicated time to school their children, their child's education is at risk.

    How it works:
    1) Parents sign up for free and create a private group for the other parents from their child's class at school
    2) They add their availability and which subjects they can cover each day
    3) They can browse other availabilities in the "available sessions" feed and send booking requests to each other for sessions

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  • 99 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and 5 other US territories to provide the most comprehensive testing data we can collect for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. We currently attempt to include positive and negative results, hospitalizations, and total people tested for each state or district currently reporting that data.

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  • 99 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    A daily bit of hope & good stories in the time of social distancing, delivered daily.

    People need to feel we are making progress to ward off despair. Scientific progress is sustained by hope for the future.

    MVP here: https://happy1.carrd.co/

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  • Problem:
    The detection of COVID-19 symptoms requires doctor and hospital visits, or a visit to test sites outside from home. This results in possible transmission or infection of COVID-19, and an increase of doctor visits straining the medical resources available.

    Solution:
    Prognosis, diagnosis and screening for the patients infected with COVID-19 is suggested to be based on breathing characteristics (Wang et al. 2020. https://arxiv.org/abs/2002.05534) as well as other vital signs such as blood oxygen saturation/hemoglobin levels (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200330152135.htm).
    The detection of vital signs can be achieved via facial cameras and machine learning for breathing patterns (Chen et al. 2019 https://arxiv.org/pdf/1909.03503.pdf), hemoglobin levels (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6371334/), HRV and others (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6396075/).

    The proposed project is an app that can be installed and used on any smartphone and laptop to detect early symptoms of COVID-19 remotely without leaving the home. As well as for monitoring (ongoing interest from healthcare and medical institutions already).
    It uses the detection of vital signs and breathing characteristics via technological devices accessible to everybody at home with cameras of smartphones/laptop and machine learning, and combines it with the detection of pearly symptoms.
    The app could also include therapeutical suggestions such as aerobic and mindfulness exercises to help people reduce stress and anxiety.
    And resources to reach for the nearest hospital, doctor and pharmacy.
    As well as resources for communal support and connection to nearest online groups, help for grocery delivery etc.

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  • 97 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Healthcare workers need our support to fight COVID-19. HospitalHero is an online platform that makes it easy for hospital workers to make requests for essential needs like meals, lodging, and medical supplies—and for volunteers to respond.

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  • https://schoolclosures.org/

    A free hotline and website with information for families impacted by school closures covering meals, psychological health, education, emergency childcare, financial security, health and wellness. We've brought together a coalition of 40+ in education, mental health, food, venture to build a unified response to the crisis.

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  • stopthespread.info provides essential coronavirus information and updates affecting you, sourced from WHO and relevant (national + local) bodies, in an engaging and easy to read format. The site also sends notifications when guidance changes in your location, and soon it will aggregate and provide access to local initiatives in your area.

    Problem - coronavirus has created an information crisis.
    1. Information is fragmented and there is lots of misinformation circulating.
    2. Official sources (WHO, CDC, etc) are accurate but not enough people (particularly the less tech literate) are reading and acting upon the best practice advice. It is not presented in an engaging and easy-to-read format.
    3. Official sources are not aggregating many brilliant local initiatives.
    4. Most initiatives are suited to technology skilled and highly educated readers.

    Fact - what we do individually will have a direct impact on how many people suffer, so it is vital that as many people as possible understand and have access to the best information.

    Project status - the site launched in mid March and the site is already being supported by 15+ medical practices and NHS teams around the country. We are launching in Australia, USA and the Netherlands in the next couple of days, trying to help get information out to everyone who needs it.

    Please get in touch via team@stopthespread.info

    Remote (anywhere works!)
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  • 85 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Many laboratory test centers from developing countries are still doing manual inputs in their lab test results. Thus, health records management is less efficient and secure. In addition, the patients at times have to go the test centers just to pick up results.

    What if there is an available Laboratory Information System (LIS) that lab test centers can use for FREE that is secure and reliable? And their patients are able to check their results online without having to step out of the house?

    LabResults.org addresses these pain points which will be both beneficial to the lab test centers and the patients. Faster results and less physical contacts would help in the fight against COVID-19.

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  • 84 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We're all spending a lot less by not commuting, eating/drinking out, etc. We made www.cancelcorona.org to help people calculate what they're saving and donate it to people missing work, kids missing lunches, healthcare workers, vaccine researchers, etc.

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  • As COVID-19 spreads rapidly through the USA and the world, community testing centers are springing up across the nation. We want to help make a database of testing centers across the US (currently doesn't exist). The goal is to make it easy for people to find their closest one and provide accurate information to every community — especially as more tests become available in the coming days and weeks. For us to achieve this goal, we need your help!

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  • Everyone can help neighbors and people in need. The Giving Tree is a product that will help connect people who need and those who can give.

    People who need food, supplies and other things can make a listing, along with their profile. People who want to help (or have resources / time) can check over these needs and help out by buying supplies and posting pictures.

    There will be a global leaderboard of these exchange and be an overall feel good project :)

    get in touch with us at gavinmai@alumni.stanford.edu

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  • 73 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    PrivateKit will address the current conflict between citizen privacy and infection tracking by developing a privacy-protecting solution for contact-tracing COVID-19 spread. The project will deploy in three phases to address the needs of citizens, health officials, and stakeholder organizations. The first objective is a mobile application for citizens which privately logs user location data and provides risk information to them on any contact with publicly known points of risk. The second objective is a collection of tools for health authorities to read, redact, and annotate location data from carriers of the virus to then relay to those that, based on their privately-held data, may have contracted the infection. The third and final objective is a cryptographic method to automatically redact and disseminate contact path information that maintains the balance of privacy and effectiveness while reducing the burden on health authorities. (http://privatekit.mit.edu/)

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  • 69 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    In a nutshell, the COVID-19 Response Network is a system to help fulfill the needs of communities during the pandemic.

    The project was originally inspired by Jae Slaby, a local community organizer in Battle Creek, Michigan that put together a local website that linked to a resource guide and timebank on Google Sheets to help people to seek and offer help, with the goal of connecting people together.

    Putting this together on to a simple to use website looked to be the solution to this, to keep things user friendly and highly accessible.

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  • 69 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Help combat COVID-19 in the US and worldwide as NY State becomes battlefront. The project creates a dynamic map and trends dashboard webpage of NY state COVID-19 cases by county. The ultimate goal of our project is to assist decision-makers in better allocation of efforts and resources through visualizing cases and providing key trends. Further stages of the project consider building machine learning models to extract underlying structures of the temporal and spatial trends to help with preventing and responding to future outbreaks.

    The final tool will:
    1. Help state and counties decision-makers visualize and track the spread in real-time and take actions accordingly.
    2. Serve as a visualization tool for the state website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/county-county-breakdown-positive-cases
    3. Keep track of trends and make recommendations.

    Volunteers will help in:
    1. Developing a dynamic front-end that integrates different parts and fetch new data.

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