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  • We have excellent access to a top manufacturer of COVID-19 home test kits. These take 10 minutes to use, do not require a doctor, and give instant results. These tests will be free to those in need.

    To slow the rate of spread in the USA, we will be giving away home test kits to those unable to access testing otherwise.

    We are also in talks with local governments to channel test kits to most effected regions.

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    Biomedical technicians (biomeds for short) are the repair experts at hospitals, and in many regions they are stretched thin. There are a wide variety of machines made by a number of different manufacturers at hospitals around the world, and there is no single resource for how to repair all of them. We don’t know how many machines will fail once hospitals are truly taxed. We don’t know which parts of those machines are most at risk.

    Some manufacturers heroically host service manuals for their equipment on their website, and some make them more challenging to locate. There is no single source of information for biomeds to access. Biomed forums are frequently populated with requests for specific PDF service manuals. The closest thing to a central resource is Frank’s Hospital Workshop, a fantastic website run out of Tanzania with hundreds of manuals and very helpful how-to resources for maintaining medical equipment. But Frank’s site is a one-person operation, and a single point of failure, should overwhelming traffic come calling.

    We’re going to change that. Our biomed technicians’ time is too precious to waste on internet Easter-egg hunts. iFixit is building a central resource for maintenance and repair of hospital equipment. We need help from fixers everywhere, medical professionals, and biomedical technicians to make sure this is as robust, relevant, and useful as possible.

    https://www.ifixit.com/News/36354/help-us-crowdsource-repair-information-for-hospital-equipment

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    Designed in partnership with the NHS and UK Department of Health, the KwickScreen was created to improve infection control and reduce healthcare-acquired infections. Retractable, portable, and reusable screens.

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    The current shortage of filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) might be alleviated if they could be reused by decontaminating them in a simple device - i.e. something a DIY person could build and supply to hospitals, GP surgeries, etc. There is evidence that a UV-C light cabinet might serve this purpose. This project seeks to develop such a cabinet using components from a variety of common sources, test its effectiveness for decontamination against the SARS-Cov-2 virus, and then produce instructions for its construction and use. In this way people subsequently using the cabinet can have higher confidence in its effectiveness than they would by just exposing their masks to some form of UV-C light for a period that has not been properly assessed.

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    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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    '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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    We are building a solid-state nanopore device that can count individual SARS-CoV-2 virions in diverse bodily fluids without reagents or a cold chain.

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    COVID19 changed the way we live, work, interact with each other, and even the way we get hospitalized when we need medical care. For many of us, Corona Crisis has or will have in the future an enormous impact on our personal, professional, financial, and medical situation.

    For this reason, we decided to start a community of people with diverse backgrounds, business, financial, medical, psychology, legal, design user experience, human experience, customer experience, service design, research, IT, software, hardware, public sector, and anything else you can think of, willing to spend 1%-5% of their time working together or advising the people working on challenges.

    We launched our beta invitation yesterday, and at the time being, our Design Against Corona community has 52 people from all around the world and seven challenges to work on.

    To propose impactful and feasible solutions, we need more people and more challenges.

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  • 51 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Most of the health care workers are fighting the COVID19 without enough medical supplies. Many hospitals are out of masks and other PPEs, we have some factories that can supply a Milion mask in about two weeks.
    We need to raise a fund and work with Hospitals to arrange the shipping, make a priority, and all other logistics.

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    diafyt ​can identify COVID-19 coronavirus symptoms in type 1 diabetics. This is because AI recognizes an increase in insulin demand and increase in body temperature.​​ Patients can be informed when symptoms of an infection occur. This leads to a lower risk of getting infected and reduces the severity of the disease in the event of an infection.

    ​​​Problem being diabetic:
    Diabetes makes patients more vulnerable to infection, both bacterial and viral. This is because an elevated blood glucose provides an environment for microorganisms to thrive and multiply. Not only that, but elevated blood glucose interrupts the ability of our white blood cells to fight infection.

    Detect an infection:
    diafyt determines the individual insulin demand of patients with type 1 diabetes using machine learning methods. An increase in insulin demand is an indicator of infection. In addition, data analysis detects an increase in body temperature. This allows us to identify the signs of coronavirus infection.

    What diafyt can do:
    Diabetics can better maintain their blood sugar levels. Patients can be informed when symptoms of an infection occur. This leads to a lower risk of getting infected and reduces the severity of the disease in the event of an infection.

    What you can do:
    We would be able to build a coronavirus enabled app in less than 3 month or less for US and patients worldwide. However we are short of resources to build and ship as fast as needed.

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  • Researchers and ML scientists are using AI to detect COVID-19 in CT and x-ray images. Example: https://github.com/bkong999/COVNet

    Arterys has opened its tech platform to developers working on medical image AI models (marketplace.arterys.com). We need to get these AI models into the hands of researchers and clinicians around the world so that they can validate and improve them and collaborate on AI tools for fighting the pandemic.

    There's already one COVID-19-specific model on the platform: https://marketplace.arterys.com/model/aitroxchestCT

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  • 28 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We are an umbrella group made up of the largest entities working on solving the PPE shortage (N95 masks, scrubs, gloves, protective equipment). We aim to bring attention to the people doing the hard work of sourcing and distributing as well as encourage people to work on new supplies. We act as a connector to get folks connected to the right group depending on their needs.

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    SupplyME is a web application that connects those who NEED supplies with those who HAVE supplies and allows financiers to fund those who NEED supplies. There are 3 users. “Retailers”, “Manufacturers” & “Financiers”. Retailers create requests with items and the quantities. Financiers fund the requests with a total budget. Manufacturers create orders based on the requests. Requests can be funded at any time in the process to allow for speed. Items created by manufacturers and retailers are public so that there are no duplicate items.

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    The availability of PPE is currently not evenly distributed, and as healthcare systems and healthcare workers in the US get more overloaded, the need for protective equipment is only going to rise. There’s a lot of dispersed groups working on sourcing, funding and transporting PPE to various healthcare communities (this is one example: https://operationmasks.org/)

    Our (Carbon Health’s) goal is to build a dataset that includes the following information of all PPE efforts:

    - Name
    - URL
    - PPE Type
    - Effort type (Manufacturing&Selling, Donating, Funding and etc)
    - Orgs/Sponsors/Co's Behind the effort
    - Serving Area
    And more

    The end goal of this is to be able to continuously provide more healthcare communities and facilities with sufficient equipment as their populations get hit. We’ve completed a similar project for Covid-19 testing centers at https://carbonhealth.com/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-centers/ . Now, it’s time to bridge the gap between health organizations and suppliers/efforts/movements that have PPE supplies.

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    Our team has a prototype of a low-cost, easy-to-use ventilator that is optimized for emergency and mass casualty scenarios. The team is led by Glenn W Laub, MD: a cardiac surgeon and former-CEO/founder of Defibtech LLC, where he brought a novel line of AEDs and other resuscitation devices to market.

    Almost 18 months ago, we recognized that mechanical ventilatory support would be a critically required treatment modality in many emergency situations, and have already spent 12 months working on a prototype for this specific use case.

    The unit is designed to include the most frequently used modes of ventilatory support, including AC, SIMV, and PEEP. The device requires minimal training to set up and use, and despite this was developed to be manufactured for less than $250/unit.

    We're currently looking for funding in the immediate-term for an early production build of our life-sustaining ventilatory technology for COVID-19.

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  • We are in the process of accumulating large amounts of data and resources to support larger demographies in the past few weeks and months. But how long these folks in rural and mountain communities need to wait for us?

    The challenge goal: Data-driven project coordination and policymaking
    In this six-month PWG, Omdena AI challenge with Fruitpunch AI, we aim to help rural and mountain community governments and policymakers to make data-driven decisions in order to deal with pandemics and cover some of the following topics.

    When travel is restricted, schools closed, events cancelled, and communities put into quarantine, individuals and businesses in those ecosystems lose their source of income. How does that loss of income impact the health and financial stability of those individuals? What resources are in place currently that supports their needs and growing demands in areas of health, and food security.

    What we will build
    Leveraging the power of global collaboration, the goal is to build AI models that reveal the effects of specific programs and policy decisions being made by governments and institutions on the economically marginalized, especially working in the informal sector.

    In this way, institutions can identify the most effective ways to deal with future pandemics to minimize economic impact and human deaths not only in the short term but also in the midterm.

    Why you should join the challenge
    For the next six months, you will not only build AI solutions to make a real-world impact but also go through an entire data science project lifecycle. This covers problem scoping, data collection and preparation, as well as modelling for potential deployment.

    And the best part is that you will be part of a global collaboration.

    Background Context:
    Mountain region and smaller communities in rural and small urban areas are more vulnerable now more than ever. This project will be conducted to understand and draw attention to alarming facts of the rural, small urban, and mountain communities during this epidemic pandemic #covid9 outbreak: as many of us are aware in 2012, 39 per cent of the mountain population in developing countries was considered vulnerable to food insecurity, which is an increase of 30% compared to the conditions of mountain peoples in the year 2000 studies.

    The situation is even worse if we consider only rural mountain peoples.
    The living conditions of mountain peoples have deteriorated and their vulnerability to hunger has increased. Harsh climates and the difficult, often inaccessible terrain, combined with political and social marginality certainly contribute to making mountain peoples particularly vulnerable to food shortages.

    In mountain areas, where family farming and smallholder agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry are the prevailing farming systems, it is essential to create a supportive, enabling environment in which mountain peoples have access to training, information, credit and healthcare, and benefit from reliable governance systems and infrastructure.

    Some Established Stats:
    Mountains cover 22 per cent of the world’s land surface and are home to some 915 million people, representing 13 per cent of the global population. Mountains also provide between 60 and 80 per cent of the earth’s freshwater. Yet, in spite of this global relevance, there is a dearth of data and information on the status of mountains and mountain peoples.

    Can we understand what is it to live in the mountain regions and smaller communities during these testing times? Can we understand more about these folks who are waiting for someone to appear and help them with tools and resources to keep themselves and their communities safe?

    In 2003, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published “Towards a GIS-based analysis of mountain environments and populations”, a study that estimated mountain peoples’ vulnerability to food insecurity. What about Health, and Safety?

    The studies in the past were undertaken as a follow-up to the 2002 UN International Year of Mountains, has become a cornerstone of development efforts. It is used and quoted, for as a reference, requesting more investments, specific policies and global attention toward mountains.

    But how much do we know about these communities in these times? What can we do about it? How best can we equip them with resources and tools to protect themselves and their loved ones? We understand and see all countries have locked themselves in, what about these unfortunate folks who relied on larger players and the larger coalition of countries to help them? Can we spare some time and resources to work on these matters?

    We all love going to these mountains, smaller communities for several reasons and now they need us.

    I am the Founder of Project Work Groups - focussed to research and develop sustainable solutions in the mountain and rural regions globally. Proworkgroups.com is our webpage.
    My Twitter Handle: @tekiuday

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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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    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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    CovidCareMap.org aims to map existing and forecasted health system capacity gaps (beds, staffing, ventilators, supplies) to care for surging numbers of COVID19 patients (especially ICU-level care) at high spatiotemporal resolution (by facility, daily, all USA to start).

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    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.

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  • We need to awaken government officials to the potential for negative ions to greatly lessen the prospects of airborne/droplet transmission within healthcare facilities. Research studies exist which hint of great potential. Simply stated, negative ions in the air can cause microorganisms to drop to the ground and reduce the potential for them to be inhaled. Health care facilities would be in particular need of anything which can lessen the chances of this form of transmission.

    All we need to do is contact government officials at all levels and demand that they investigate the potential of this concept and, if they find great merit and benefit, rush negative ion generators into production by whatever means possible. The hard part is to get anyone in government to listen.

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  • Hospitals and the people who staff them need our help with supplies, childcare and moral support. This project is a portal to collect both what is needed and what the community has to provide. By bootstrapping off of public data we can create order among the chaos.

    A (largely non-functional) site is up at https://hospital.community/

    Github: https://github.com/newhouseb/hospitalcommunity/

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  • We need to awaken government officials to the potential for the mass distribution of specially designed, reusable, durable gloves or grippers which have an exterior surface which kills viruses virtually on contact. Such surfaces have been in existence for many years, but they were intended to be placed on individual objects. With these gloves, if a person went from a gas pump handle to a door handle to a bar code scanner and so forth, there would be virtually no risk of transferring a virus between each touched object. Any virus which adheres to the glove would be dead! Furthermore, if the wearer accidentally touched his or her own glove, there would be virtually no risk of getting infected. End result: a greatly reduced level of Covid-19 contact transmission. All we need to do is contact government officials at all levels and demand that they investigate the potential of this concept and, if they find great merit and benefit, rush it into production by whatever means possible. The hard part is to get anyone in government to listen.

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    We have a request from anesthesiologists at Stanford Hospital to tackle a problem that will surely be affecting hospitals around the globe: Sterilization of hospital masks for safe reuse.

    “Maker/engineering challenge: Masks need air oven 70C for 30 min to disinfect. For hospital setting we must find way to do it without setting a fire or spreading virus particles, and a solution MUST be constructed from cheap and readily available parts. Most autoclaves are too hot (110° and 121°C). Food dehydrators are cheap, plentiful, and can store lots of masks flat while achieving 70C and circulating hot air. Can the engineering/maker community think of how to enclose dehydrators safely, so virus particles won’t escape until they are killed? Perhaps this will might need outside airflow or an A/C HEPA filter to filter out virus?”

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  • Hi,

    I'm a Trauma, acute care and humanitarian surgeon (based in Vancouver, Canada), direct a health systems NGO, and have a couple of medtech startups looking at devices and software for low-resource settings. One of them is Metric Technologies. 

    We've been working on a low cost, basic ventilator. One of us led a group at Rice University who developed a working prototype that will meet the global COVID needs - though in a non-intuitive way.

    I have a team of front-line intensive care docs, pulmonary mechanics PhDs, and experienced engineers that are ramping up to take this on. Given our current resources we are projecting a maximum 3 month time-frame to develop a product and hand it off to regulators. Expected cost per unit under $300.
     
    With more resources  (more engineers, a manufacturing partner, a stream-lined regulatory approval process, money, distribution partners) we could shave another 2-6 weeks off that.

    Ultimately out goal is to get ventilators, AND a deployment, logistical strategy to clinicians and health systems globally to save lives.
     
    It's actually more complicated than dumping new cheap vents in hospitals. For the most serious cases of COVID SARS, pretty advanced forms of ventilatory support will be required (ARDSnet protocols etc).  Plus there will be a need for training, support, skilled staff, beds etc... all systems we're comfortable building. And that's not to mention all of the special exemptions we will need to get these ventilators in the hospitals themselves. You can't just use an untrusted, unproven device on patients.
     
    We have a strategy that addresses all of that.
     
    New, cheap ventilators will help, but I believe that there is more to the discussion and solution than an engineering project. Our group understands the problem, has a breadth and depth of relevant expertise, and with a little (lot! of) support could get this done quicker and better. We are looking for collaborators, supporters, funders, critiquers.

    Asking for help. Happy to talk and share ideas. Ready to collaborate and work with anyone. 

    harvey.hawes@metrictechnologies.com
    hhawes@metrictechnologies.com
    hhawes74@gmail.com

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