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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.

  • 46 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We are going to mobilize millions of people to join the fight against COVID-19.

    The COVID-19 crisis overwhelms healthcare systems all around the world. One of the critical bottlenecks at hospitals is human resources. Doctors, nurses and staff need to be working hectic schedules without a break for months, risking their lives.

    When layman people are asked to volunteer for helping the fight against COVID-19, they show up in large numbers as evidenced in the US, the UK, India, Italy and more. On the other hand, these volunteers do not show up before being subject to a clear call.

    We will create a catchy volunteering initiative that people will take pride to carry its armband or even retweet on Twitter. Being shared on social media platforms heavily, we will register millions of volunteers and save thousands of lives.

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  • 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 Six of them have been approved, three were withdrawn, and the other nine have been already tested in clinical trials.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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  • 22 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    There are so many inspiring teams working to combat COVID-19 and so many incredible projects here on HWC.

    We want to help as may of these projects and teams as possible to thrive: to help your projects save lives, alleviate suffering and to combat this pandemic as swiftly as we all can together.

    We're committed to helping other teams and projects excel with the help of public donations. We want to help you as project leaders and volunteers gather the funds you need for your life-saving projects and we want to give those who long to help out a place to find and donate to all kinds of teams who are working to fight COVID-19.

    Our actions:

    1. Help projects and teams working on COVID-19 solutions to setup donations on trusted third-party platforms, if they need one and have not created this already.

    2. List as many projects’ donation pages as we can.

    3. Create public awareness to accrue funds for your vital work and enable those who want to support your projects to do so.

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  • Phone-to-phone video chat without Internet or a Local Area Network needed.

    A single-purpose application allowing high-quality audio and video chat between two nearby mobile devices without external networking. Essentially turning two phones into a pair of video-enabled "walkie-talkies", connected to one another by Wi-Fi signals without any other network or devices involved.

    Intended for use where biosecurity makes direct contact difficult and unsafe, allowing easier communication with patients inside biosecurity zones.

    Primary use-case (based on requests from medics) is a COVID-19 medic checking in frequently with a patient in an isolation room without physically visiting each time.

    Medics can use it to interact more frequently with their patients while conserving PPE and minimizing exposure risk. Families can use it to interact with loved ones that cannot be safely visited in person. Works like a baby monitor, but deployed on any mobile device without additional hardware.

    Open source and freely available to all users. Copyleft in hopes that improvements made by commercial contributors will be shared.

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  • 9 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Verboden Labs is helping hospitals and city public heath care officials source COVID-19 Antibody Detection Tests to determine who has recovered from the disease and is now immune. Testing for antibodies especially in people that didn't even know they had it because they had mild or no symptoms is a crucial part of the public health strategy and its impact could be enormous. A test that produces results within 15 minutes would enable healthcare workers who have already had the virus and are immune, to safely return to the front lines to care for patients. I need your help with the following tasks:
    1. Identify the best free platform for knowledge sharing about the COVID-19 antibody tests with the public health community and help setup
    2. Compile, code and maintain a list of FAQs
    3. Design assets for social media posts, infographics, e-blasts, etc. Current campaigns include: a GoFundMe campaign asking for test-kit donations. For every $30 we will donate a free test-kit to first responders in the hardest hit areas. Social media campaign: "Spread the word, not the virus" and "The only thing going viral should be this donation campaign for Test-kits for first responders"
    4. Maintain social media and e-blast campaigns

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  • 7 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 encourage the production of such cabinets with the following key characteristics:

    1) constructed from a design which has been tested for its effectiveness in decontaminating FFR masks against the SARS-Cov-2 virus as well as for its operator safety. Above all else the cabinet must be safe.
    2) built at home using cheap, readily available components. DIY construction avoids the need for setting-up manufacturing facilities, distribution, etc.
    3) checked for use at each location according to applicable regulations. The use of a DIY appliance at a hospital or GP surgery needs careful consideration, but at a minimum an electrician will need to check the cabinet is constructed according to the design and is safe to use.
    4) used according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the design. A key part of the design is the production of clear instructions for the safe use of the cabinet which can be adapted for local requirements.

    We envisage that multiple groups will undertake the development of a design and its subsequent testing. This project aims to support such groups by sharing information and providing common standards. We will also act as a central resource for DIY people seeking to select a verified design from which to build their own cabinets.

    We are particularly interested in getting volunteers associated with Universities, particularly undergrads. This is because University labs are more likely to have the equipment and expertise necessary to undertake the testing and will hopeful support their own students in such a project.

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  • no volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We have a two-part COVID-19 medical helpline. First, our AI system digitally assesses a patient's need for medical attention. Then, those who likely have contracted the virus and who are put at great risk by it are automatically virtually connected with one of the physicians in our national network of medical professionals. The medical attention that the patient receives comes at no cost to the patient, because our system accepts Medicare and Medicaid.
    AI and telemedicine are the tools that we need to adopt in this pandemic. AI triages patients in order to allow medical professionals to maximize their time, while telemedicine takes the burden off of hospitals and allows people to receive care at home (reducing the spread of the disease).
    Anyone can access these medical resources at no cost to them. We firmly believe that our system can minimize disparities in healthcare availability.

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  • 399 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    **We are on a mission to connect the dots.
    A plan is underway to bridge information gaps that have been harming our ability to respond to the world-wide pandemic Covid-19. The information needed exists, the technology is capable. What's missing is the connection. An end-to-end global community of partners, contributors and supporters are joining forces to end silos and build a readily available stream of data to those who need it, when they need it.

    **We are building the first Covid-19 data ecosystem
    Many teams are building APIs around the globe. While that is helpful, more is truly needed. We are building a full circle data ecosystem where data owners, aggregators and users can easily share and access data across the world, covering multiple areas around cases, patient data and supplies. Combining a Cloud-based data lake and a set of open APIs, our crowdsourced project is aimed at unifying all current data gathering efforts around Covid-19, to help all the key stakeholders (hospitals, governments and manufacturers) make their critical life-saving decisions.

    >> Think of this as a grassroots initiative to drive data transparency across covid19 across the globe!

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

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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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  • We want to flatten the curve and avoid further spread of COVID-19 by using Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality.

    Did you know that 20% of COVID-19 hospitalized patients have shown sign of heart damage & 92M people in USA have heart disease?

    Health system can only provide services to 20% of COVID-19 patience & even existed one due to shortage of workforce & high patients risk. We provide virtual tele-health (patient engagement) with full interaction using augmented reality and virtual reality.

    We aim to combine clinical need and available expertise across borders.

    We have the following options based on our volunteers expertise:

    - Use AR for temperature monitoring
    -Use AR/VR for telemedicine
    -Use AR/VR to teach how to use medical device like ventilators

    Any help will add values to accelerate the launch of our products & improve patient care.

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  • 63 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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  • 62 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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  • Create a map-based data input component that will output historical geo-timeline information for confirmed cases like what's available here: https://github.com/jihoo-kim/Data-Science-for-COVID-19/blob/master/dataset/Patient/PatientRoute.csv, but for any geo. To be inserted in any tool that doctors, testers will use so they can interview cases and click and add info.

    The map component takes in an initial center (lat lon) and an anonomyzed patientId to begin recording a historical footprint timeline (i.e. series of footprints with lat/long/date/time info) for a particular case that can then be saved to whatever output destination it needs to saved to.

    This component can be used as a stand-alone as at the demo site https://geotime.gregmarlin.com or imported into any React project as a component.

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  • flashpub.io is a startup that partners with specific research communities to accelerate discovery with smaller, faster research reports. We're launching an outbreak science community to rapidly publish and update spread models of COVID-19 at the city level and predict when cities may reach a tipping point in hospitalizations vs capacity. This project will help fill a critical missing information gap in modeling data at the city level that can be used to make resource allocation decisions. Model predictions for each city will be published and peer reviewed at outbreak.flashpub.io.

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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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  • 49 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    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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  • 33 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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