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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.

  • AI company Gero has reviewed the existing drugs and other agents tested on humans and found potential coronavirus treatments. The list of found drugs has been released to initiate urgent clinical trials.

    Gero, the leader in AI-driven drug discovery, has used its AI platform to identify the potential anti-COVID-19 agents that have been previously tested on humans. Six of them have been approved, three were withdrawn, and the other nine have been already tested in clinical trials. The emergency of the situation, as well as the legal and regulatory status of these agents, make it possible to start immediate clinical trials for most of the suggested drugs and collaborations.
    More details on
    https://gero.ai/COVID-19

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  • 2 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    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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  • 137 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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  • 60 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    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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  • 55 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    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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  • 41 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    In this project we aim to find new materials (local to each jurisdiction) to reduce transmission rates of virus. The goal would be to locally manufacture masks and other PPE for use within local population. In addition we need to further understand the chemical interaction between virus and surfaces to make surfaces which the virus can't last very long on.

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  • 28 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    The COVID-19 Data Repository is a data repository that contains all kinds of information available about the COVID-19 virus, we gather, sanitize, normalize & categorise data daily from sources like NGO's and Governments, to make them available for research.

    The COVID-19 virus is spreading at an alarming rate and the global medical community is still trying to get a grasp on what exactly is needed to fight this disease and prepare for the future.

    People in the medical world are asking the tech community for help to provide solutions. The way we're trying to help is to make sure that all the data that is there is available in easy ways for research. We're trying do this in a few diferent ways:

    - Collect all the data from sources like NGO's and governments
    - Validate, sanitize & normalize the data
    - Categorise the data and create useable datasets for research
    - Make the data available by creating an API & packages for data analysis tools frameworks and languages like R, Python (pip)

    Furthermore the repository contains importer scripts to automatically update the datasets in the repository on a regular basis.

    Link to the github organisation & repos: https://github.com/COVID-19-Data

    COVID-19 Data repository is open source and not associated with any particular company or organisation.

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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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  • 15 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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  • 14 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 9 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    FLOWDEMIC is an open source and open data application, with anonymous users:

    - Capture of the daily temperature of the user (either manual or automated thanks to connected thermometers)
    - Thanks to the microphone, detection of the number of coughs, duration of coughing, sneezing
    - Geolocation

    Thanks to a large global database, we will be able to visualize the epidemic live and predict the evolution of the epidemic in probabilistic terms.

    It is obvious that there will be a lot of stochastic noises, false cases, but what matters is the dynamics.

    Combined with secondary data such as aircraft flights, trains, road traffic, several correlations can be made by researchers and by public authorities.

    Public Github :
    https://github.com/him417/flowdemic

    Public Discord Server :
    https://discord.gg/XfkmtF

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  • 5 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    An early warning system which maps local symptoms, deliveries test kits to high probable cases, and notifies health professionals of emergent symtomology and COVID cases so they can have more time to prepare a response in their area

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  • I'm designing fixtures and jigs to allow anyone to rapidly fold and assemble surgical masks.

    Surgical Mask shortage has Mass. General calling for anyone with 3D printers to help produce masks.
    https://www.nbcboston.com/news/coronavirus/mgh-desperately-needs-supplies-president-says/2094292/

    Providence Health is shipping raw mask materials to volunteers to help create 100M masks (video for how to create masks are in the link)
    https://www.providence.org/lp/100m-masks?fbclid=IwAR2emKWoSsDO60WVgQWmo6s2VNSn0AG_t7JhBh6t3jqy5BWd0oEO_3h1FAM

    Our community needs to increase the means of production for surgical masks. I believe we can increase mask production time by a significant margin by providing some simple jigs and laser cut nonwoven panels.

    The vision is to ship kits - Jigs, assembly tools, and thousands of pre-cut masks to volunteers or healthcare providers directly

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  • 5 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Help Somalia
    According to experts, the risk of the spread of Covid-19 in Somalia, is more severe to that of China. Somalia is lacking medical necessities to handle a spread, therefore it is urgent that aid is sent. There are organisations who are willing to help, however there is a lack of cohesion between the Somali government and where this aid should be directed. We propose a centralised base that has updated statistics regarding Covid-19, and a guide of where help can be sent.

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    Right information should reach the right individuals to enable quick action
    Official database for all relevant stakeholders - Helpline numbers, Designated Labs, Expert team, Government Bodies, Reporting, Suppliers, Doctors, hospitals - From authentic verified sources only

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  • 4 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Recognizing the need for collaborative cross-functional solutions to the Covid-19 situation, a group of Entrepreneurship & Management Professors from Indiana University have adapted the “idea sprint” process -- used by today’s most innovative firms -- to help surface and accelerate ideas focused on helping our community navigate this virus.

    The first idea sprint weekend took place on March 20-22. Over 200 entrepreneurs, technologists, engineers, MDs, VCs, professors, students) from around the world came together to surface ideas and get them to the basic prototype stage by the end of the weekend. "By design, the event was fast and furious – it all took place over just a weekend -- Ideas were related to tech applications, social distancing products/service, remote working, community interventions, health outreach, repurposing of facilities/resources, etc -see link).

    The goals of the program include expanding awareness of the many pain points associated with the virus outbreak and response, championing collective efforts to develop solutions, and if viable orchestrating a collective response through social entrepreneurship and volunteerism.

    We are currently considering future "idea sprints" and we are encouraging other institutions to take our model and launch similar programs with their network of technologists, alumni, students, professors, and other supporters.

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  • 4 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Rintez Medical Companion is a cross platform app which, at this time, is targeting Coronavirus. I will need your help, your opinions (bad ones, good ones, all matters) and to spread it to the world. The app will be free to use and is looking to scale up different diseases but, for now, we will stick with Coronavirus. Project name is Rintez. I have assembled a team already but anyone who wants to join, please do. This is a verrryy early stage of development. I intend to have it ready until 11 of April. Let me know your thoughts

    Update: we already have 5 volunteers ready to help. Thank you so much for the involvement, the dedication, for the time and know-how you will put in. I have no words, hat off!

    We need medics, researchers, personal involved in the Coronavirus at this time. Please have a chat, spread the message. This will help us a lot to create the proper patterns of recognition, development and treatment of the Coronavirus.

    We are targeting the first release around 11 April 2020 (+/- 2 days).

    The website will be launch in a rough state of development late Thursday (26 March 2020).

    www.rintez.com

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  • 3 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Now there is only pcr test and IgG IgM test in the world for corona virus assessment. Our method is based on the virus proteins and other indicator reagents and it can detect infected people within a minute by color change by inserting the saliva into the kit

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    Build the WORLDS largest Open Source global community project that is targeted at FIGHTING against COVID-19 TOGETHER!

    The only guideline for Open Covid19 Project is to build tools and applications that enable others to fight against the Coronavirus.

    ==We Are At War==
    As you are aware the world is experience a generational event going though a global pandemic that will have numerous impacts on society as we know it. It is for this reason we would like to come together to help FIGHT COVID-19 by any means necessary.

    ==To ALL Communities==
    We believe in the ingenuity, intelligence, and brilliance of those in the community. That is why we are seeking that this community comes together to help build solutions that will help address the challenges we face not only today, but in the future.

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    A simple kit for building Mask/PPE/Cell Phone/Ipad sterilizer using UV-C Bulbs

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    Precision manufacturing-Medical Component R&D, Medical Component Production, Design Assistance to R&D Pharmaceutical, vast network of supplier and vendor enhancing capability to maintain needs in supply chain. End goal-to contribute to the enhancement of and the supply of R&D Medical equipment and provide for and assist OEM's in the current Coronavirus-Covid 19 medical community need for medical equipment and testing kits.

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  • 3 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    MiProbes is developing an easy-to-use, low cost, and portable test for COVID-19 that would use a sample swab and give a response in less than 1 hour.

    We are seeking collaborators from the scientific community to help us identify viral peptides of COVID-19 which bind to human transcription factors that could be used by our system to speed up the development of a test.

    We are screening for human Transcription Factors (TFs) that bind with COVID-19 viral peptides which could be used as an input for our genetic network to trigger a reaction with our "bio-ink."

    If we can identify CoVID-19 DNA-binding protein biomarkers, we are confident that we can have a prototype test ready for regulatory approval in 4-6 weeks.

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  • 2 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We are developing an app with which it is possible to handle barrier-free help requests. Risk groups can transfer requests for help via a national telephone number. These requests are stored in the cloud and translated from analogue to digital by willing helpers regardless of their position. Subsequently, people in the immediate vicinity of the person in need can accept and fulfill the requests via the app.

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