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10 Other Ways Scientists Can Help During The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic by LabDNA: 12:03pm On Mar 28, 2020
What can I do to help?”

It’s a question that many scientists are asking as numerous research labs close their doors around the world. While scientists can write manuscripts, carry out data analysis, and plan for future experiments remotely, it’s hard to focus on research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you’re a scientist and want to help right now, here are 10 ways to use your skills and expertise.

1.) Listen to recommendations from your local public health authorities, and share them within your personal networks. Concepts like social distancing and #FlattenTheCurve aren’t common knowledge. Take this opportunity to break down jargon to your loved ones, debunk misinformation, and share why simple measures, such as washing your hands, are key in this pandemic.

2.) Donate personal protective equipment (PPE) that you may have in the lab. Healthcare workers are reporting PPE shortages, including masks, gloves and eye shields. If you have unused PPE supplies in your lab, consider donating them to local hospitals. You can also find places to donate to via the #GetUsPPE campaign.

3.) Donate reagents and equipment. In certain locations, a shortage of key chemicals and supplies is holding back COVID-19 testing. Keep an eye out for reagent requests from your institution or local public health authority, and donate resources where possible. For example, the RNA Society is assembling an inventory of supplies across the US.
Review pre-prints. Platforms such as the Outbreak Science Rapid PREreview, bioRxiv and medRxiv are currently receiving a massive influx of pre-prints related to COVID-19. Consider reading through submissions, providing feedback, and flagging any concerns.

4.) Volunteer your skills to help COVID-19 researchers. Initiatives, such as Crowdfight COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Pandemic Shareable Scientist Response Database, are connecting COVID19 researchers to volunteer scientists, where tasks can include transcribing data and manually annotating images.

5.) Participate in a COVID-19 challenge. Many challenges have been launched, such as a $200,000 Code Life Ventilator Challenge to create a low-cost ventilator, and a COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge to develop text mining tools to extract data from a machine-readable literature collection. Gather your fellow scientists together and consider tackling a challenge today.

6.) Donate your computing power. Folding@Home is running simulations to better understand the COVID19 coronavirus, including its structure and how it folds. You can help by downloading the desktop app and donating computer power to let the team run more simulations.

7.) Volunteer to answer COVID-19 questions via ChatBots. The Federation of American Scientists, the New Jersey Office of Innovation and the Governance Lab have developed an COVID-19 Ask-A-Scientist ChatBot service, which is powered by volunteers. Similarly, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have developed the Jennifer COVID-19 Chatbot. You can sign up as a volunteer to help answer questions and expand the ChatBot’s knowledge base.

cool Edit pages related to COVID-19 on Wikipedia. The public is turning to Wikipedia for answers during this pandemic, where the main COVID-19 pandemic page has over ten million page views. By creating an account, you can head to COVID-19-related pages to add and verify information. (Here’s a handy tutorial for beginners.)

9.) Share your research virtually to engage students who are at home. With schools shut down, parents are turning to virtual learning options to keep their children busy.

10.) Consider signing up for platforms, like Skype A Scientist, where you’ll be matched with families who want to hear about your field of expertise. (And if you have a family, here’s Tara Haelle’s list of 101+ ideas to keep your kids busy.)
This is by no means a complete list, but a starting point for scientists hoping to do more with their time and skills during this pandemic. Just as importantly, don’t forget to take care of your mental health — whether it’s something as simple as calling a friend, donating blood, or taking a break, every now and then, from the news cycle.


Re: 10 Other Ways Scientists Can Help During The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic by joshbj(m): 12:18pm On Mar 28, 2020
Nice, but please itemize your points for easy understanding

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