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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.

  • 22 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We're using crowdsourced Bluetooth data to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in a privacy-preserving way. The Bluetooth is used to perform automated contact tracing, alerting users if they've recently been in proximity to somebody who may have been contagious, without revealing their identity.

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  • 22 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    An open source application where people who cannot go out because it's too risky for them (elderly, with existing health conditions) can post their need together with their location, and volunteers nearby can take care of their needs. The sources are already on GitHub with GPLv3 license so any community can have their own up running within a few minutes.

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  • 22 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Goal is to build a map of hospitals with crowdsourced status reports so it's easy for the public to see where's getting overwhelmed at any time.

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  • Can the various physiological parameters tracked by our wearables help to predict when we’re getting sick? This is not only related to COVID19, but also to the flu and colds in more general, as we'd expect to see some physiological changes – e.g. in resting heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, body temperature – in all of those cases. It could be extremely useful if we could predict falling sick using these data at a point before one is consciously aware of it. We are planning to do a collaborative community science project in which we will try to use both retrospective data and ongoing data collections to address this question. Worst case we'll learn that wearable data signals are too weak to make predictions, best case we'll figure out how to predict sickness some days in advance.

    You can read more details at https://app.jogl.io/project/135#about

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  • Tldr: extraction of key paramaters from biological research papers (conclusions, methods, sample sizes). MVP will work manually, then automated (machine learning, natural language processing). Will include semantic mapping of key findings to enable application of AI algorithms to find a cure.

    The number of science publications on SARS-CoV2 and COVID19 is increasing rapidly. It’s extremely hard for scientists and clinicians to stay up-to-date and evaluate the biomedical evidence in a time efficient manner. They have to work on the bench or bedside to invent and administer treatments. Reading the literature and extracting relevant data is extremely time-consuming.

    We make a knowledge engine where the key points of each research paper are quickly summarized (i.e. main conclusions, molecular targets, methods used, sample number, reagents, participants) so that people can quickly find resources, develop new ideas, troubleshoot problems etc. We also aim to include key semantic mappings and then use ML/NLP algorithms to come up with novel hypotheses.

    In the beginning, papers and data will be curated and extracted manually by scientists (we have volunteers, but alway welcome more).

    We have this problem of needing to keep up with all the papers right now ourselves. This needs an urgent solution.

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  • 21 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Online platform for property owners (AirBNB's; short term furnished rentals; hotels) to offer their property at substantial discount, to
    health care workers who need a separate place to stay while working to fight COVID-19.

    Reasons a health care worker needs a separate place to stay could include:
    -Need to isolate from high-risk household members
    -Crowded home living conditions; lack of private bathroom/toilet at home
    -Need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 exposure
    -Desire to locate closer to hospital due to increase in work hours

    Property owners would be required to provide this housing at substantial enough discount to make it affordable for health care workers to access.

    Platform would consist of a global, searchable database. Some US-based sites exist for medical worker housing, but we want a GLOBAL site, specific to the COVID-19 outbreak, and for property owners who want to offer substantial discounts in order to help (not for profit).

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  • 21 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Everyone one of us has to adapt to a new world of quarantine at home, and that creates anxiety for most of us. From learning to work from home, homeschooling kids, staying fit and healthy – we're all quickly learning how to adjust.

    Goal: To be a resource for everyone to find the most useful information around adapting to life at home, with content crowdsourced by the community.

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  • 21 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Helpful Engineering was created to design, source and execute open-source hardware and software projects that can help communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.

    We are an open community of volunteers without a commercial purpose. We believe that through a pragmatic approach, we can do the most good for the most people with the resources available. By sharing all our open-source projects and applying all engineering and manufacturing resources available, we can help to mitigate the world's impact from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Planet Earth (founder in Vancouver, BC)
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  • 20 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    It's a leaderboard to highlight which locales are doing a good job of slowing the spread of the virus, with the hope that this will encourage and inspire people to start and continue with tough measures like social distancing.

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  • Columbia University researchers have created a new coronavirus test that can detect COVID-19 even in people with mild or no symptoms. That's crucial for stopping the virus because more than half of new cases have been infected by people who didn't know they had it.
    Their lab currently has capacity to run 200 tests a day. With an emergency infusion of funding, they can quickly ramp that up to 1000 or more. Because applying for grants takes too much time, we are asking individuals to step up and help at C3test.org.

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  • 20 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We're matching people with jobs at organizations that are tackling COVID-19 and preventing future disease outbreaks.

    Our goal is to make it frictionless for talented people to tackle the most pressing issues of today, with COVID-19 being at the top of the list.

    Check out our progress at https://www.splashwithdolphin.com/covid

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  • 20 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Description: findCovidJobs aims to address the immediate and unexpected employment needs of those who lost their job to the Covid-19 crisis by matching prospective job searchers with employers eager to hire as quickly as possible in both remote and essential onsite jobs.

    Who is already working on this?: Our diverse team of engineers and designers bring a wealth of knowledge on the needs of the current hiring market, the latest technology with remote hiring platforms, and design for website and mobile apps.

    Tasks that need to get done: We are looking to add others to our team who have a variety of skills but, most importantly, are passionate about alleviating the financial and economic burden of the Covid-19 crisis. We need experts in engineering, product management, design, data analytics, and funding.

    Location: Work on this project can be completed remotely.

    How to get involved: You can connect with John Potter to learn more about how to help with the project.
    Email: john.potter@findcovidjobs.com
    Slack: https://bit.ly/399elBK - see you in there, we're here every day

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  • Buy gift cards + support a local restaurant through COVID with Give Local. Check it out at https://givelocal.co/

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  • COVID-19 self-assessment tool working directly with hospitals and public health authorities.

    We are the official screening application for Harris County and the City of Houston. Processing about ~10k screenings per day (and rising).

    Fort Bend County coming soon.

    We are reaching out to hospitals and other counties as fast as we can to integrate with their testing workflows. Also talking with BARDA about potential federal involvement.

    Remote is great. Most of the team is located in Houston, TX
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  • 19 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    I am a frontline physician (hospitalist) that is seeing increasing volumes of patients at our facilities. PPE supplies are becoming increasingly precious and we expect we will need to mitigate PPE and equipment waste and develop new options for protection of our healthcare workforce.

    One major item that is not discussed regularly on the news are disposable stethoscopes and pulse oximetry. In resource-rich countries, a patient on contact isolation will have a dedicated "disposable" stethoscope during their hospital admission. These are typically poor quality and of limited utility. They are also quite short -- resulting in close physical proximity to an ill patient, which increases risk of droplet contamination on PPE and individuals.

    Additionally, continuous or episodic use of pulse oximetry (measuring oxygen level in the blood) is another common tool we will need in droves. As with other supplies and equipment, I expect need will vastly outstrip supply due to the lack of machines and need to clean these items between patients.

    I am asking all the talented people on this forum to help design an (1) inexpensive (2) Bluetooth-enabled stethoscope bell with pulse oximetry [if possible] to reduce very-close proximity exposure for healthcare workers and enhance existing supplies chains for this medical equipment. I would prefer any designs be made widely available for any manufacturer to use if they agree to donate 90% of proceeds to medical relief organizations.

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  • 19 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Children going through cancer treatment have no immune system. They can quickly die from COVID-19. We have to protect them.

    In this project, we will put together their contact information in a directory and assign medical students to check on them.

    We will call them periodically, ask about their status, link them with resources, order them food, deliver them stuff, and do whatever we can.

    This directory is a vital investment because it will become the national guard equivalent for kids with cancer.

    San Francisco, Palo Alto, Stanford, Los Angeles, San Diego
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  • 19 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    In times of emergency, people can get in touch through the app 'I for you' if they are able to provide practical support to vulnerable people and individuals who live alone.

    If you are between 18 and 64 years old, you can provide your local community with any kind of support - for instance, grocery home delivery. As a volunteer, you can share your spare time and skills to respond to any needs in your community and promote targeted social support when and where it is needed.

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  • 18 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    For physicians to work at new places, they need to undergo a vetting system called credentialing, which usually takes months. Under current COVID-19 circumstances, many institutions are using Emergency Credentialing workflows to get doctors onboarded to their systems as quickly as possible. We have created a secure wallet for physicians to store their credentialing information, allowing streamlined sharing of this vital information to hospitals. (Saving hours for physicians and admin folks). This project will help get medical providers' boots on the ground ASAP at the hospitals that need them.

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  • We're building a website at www.coronawhatnow.com focused on helping people and businesses impacted by coronavirus.

    Examples:
    -Food banks (individual sites or directories)
    -Financial aid
    -Elderly grocery shopping hours and delivery
    -Healthcare (shelter in place info, testing like Verily Baseline, etc)

    This info is currently scattered across the Internet and we're aggregating it in one place.

    It's hosted on Github using markdown so anyone with spare time can be helpful (https://github.com/coronawhatnow/coronawhatnow.com).

    We can use your help, join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronawhatnow!

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  • 18 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    In many countries, especially the US, there are large numbers of individuals who show many, if not all, the symptoms of covid19 but have been unable to be tested. UntestedCoroanvorus.com (also UntestedCovid19.com and Untested.info) aims to be a mobile friendly site where individuals can enter their symptoms, and location to self report a potential case of Covid19. This information will be displayed on a heatmap to better track the spread of the virus. Phone numbers will be verified and attached to reports to prevent abuse.

    Very basic unfinished MVP: https://untestedcoronaheatmap.firebaseapp.com/

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  • Creating a calculator to help vet assumptions and projections about spread based on known number of cases at various stages.

    Overall thought is that testing with non-symptomatic positives should be a good thing, but the way data is displayed will probably freak people out about logarithmic progression. Would like to show the stage-gates to separate testing driven numbers (false negative => true positive) from community progression, esp severe cases needing ICU

    Los Angeles/ Remote
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  • 17 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    One of the biggest issues with the spread of COVID-19 is the lack of social distancing. However, it can be hard to socially distance if you don’t know what it’s like outside. IE, how many people are going to get groceries.

    The project idea is basically a more accurate, in-depth version of Google Maps’ Popular Times. Using this tech made by MIT (private-kit), we’re able to expand and crowdsource location data to provide people with safer routes and times on doing tasks that require going out of the house like grocery shopping, taking a walk, etc. And ideally for users to report if they have contracted the virus so we can help notify people who are in the area to watch for symptoms.

    The app is a fork of the MIT private-kit repo. BE is made to store anonymous location data.

    PROPOSAL: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12nyJUWm5ys4k3AY4Txn6y3Nfh88Eo6S9p4FMMSzvfiQ/edit#

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  • 17 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    14days.me is a mutual support platform where households staying at home with either confirmed infection or possible infection can publicize personal experiences and help needed. Drawing on others' experiences and help, these covid-19 patients at home can effectively mitigate their anxiety and difficulties, without burdening the already overloaded public health system. Furthermore, with large enough number of self-reporting data points, a real-time map showing infection of the local community and where help is needed can be generated. 14days.me will become a platform enabling every community to stand together to help infected patients staying at home and combat Covid-19.

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  • 16 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Help restaurants survive the coronavirus pandemic with a free online ordering service.

    Cash-only mom-n-pop places do not deliver. They are fundamentally incompatible with the credit-card systems of uber eats, grubhub, and seamless, and those services are too expensive anyway.

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  • 16 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    An app to help users listen and watch content at the same time online. Share experiences with someone as if they were next to you and feel more connected despite being isolated.

    Podcasts, radio, audiobooks, music, tv, youtube, Netflix. All these experiences are more enjoyable shared and in times of uncertainties, it can be very reassuring to be able to communicate with others about how you feel.

    The end goal is to help people maintain relationships and support each other whilst they are far apart.

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