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Epidemic Response

Epidemic Response

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Prevention & handling of widespread infectious diseases through science and tech, with focus on COVID-19

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Welcome new Heroes (including all user testers)!

Visitors, explore and click the tabs from DATA to EVENTS (scroll left on mobile)

What is our purpose with this Quest?

  • To create agile, interactive, and complete overviews and roadmaps of the technologies driving progress on handling and preventing COVID-19 and future epidemics, and then help accelerate that progress

How?

  • The publicly available databases and roadmaps we create as a community help align all entities working on solutions and identify where to focus efforts and resources for maximum impact
  • Enable anyone, even non-technical people, to take action to fight COVID-19 with science, technology, and innovation via our tasks
  • Provide an open source pre-projecting platform to nurture ideas and breed innovation for new and improved solutions
  • This all leads to making the most of our global resources, collaboration, and impact to accelerate progress on the most ideal, affordable, and sustainable solutions

Want to help?

Volunteering Heroes, go take action with a Task, be vocal in the Labs, or post in the newsfeed!

 

Current Quest objective: Reach 150 Quest followers by February 5th, 2021!!! (Date extended to align with our usability testing)

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Check out our curated list of COVID-19 resources below from our LIBRARY section...

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Feb 24, 2021

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/vaccine-wary-france-turns-citizens-panel-boost-trust-covid-19-shots

All across Europe, coronavirus vaccines are in scarce supply. But in France, they are also surprisingly unwanted: Recent polls suggest just 57% of the country intends to get vaccinated, whereas in the United Kingdom, 89% wants to get a shot for COVID-19.


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Feb 24, 2021

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00290-x

It is clear that coronavirus vaccines are safe and effective, but as more are rolled out, researchers are learning about the extent and nature of side effects.


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Feb 17, 2021

https://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0YT8RMkm?share_id=eyJ1c2VyaWQiOjEyMDQ2NjAzLCJkb2NfaWQiOiIwWVQ4Uk1rbSIsInRpbWVzdGFtcCI6MTYxMzU2NzY0MDMwOH0=&share_destination_id=MTIwNDY2MDMtMTYxMzU2NzY0Nzk3OQ==&s=a7&pd=00oXs337&hl=en_US

People with blood type O have a lower chance of being infected with or developing serious illness from COVID-19, a recent study says. Research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine looked at more than 225,000 people who had been tested for COVID-19 between Jan. 15 and June 30, 2020. Scientists found that people with blood type O negative had a 2.1% chance of testing positive for coronavirus—the lowest probability among all blood groups. The highest probability was in the blood group B positive, at 4.2%.

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Feb 15, 2021

Wishing Humanitrack a happy 3rd birthday today and a big thank you to everyone for shaping it into the impactful company, community, and platform that it is meant to be. We have such an exciting outlook for this new year...we are finally getting to the point where it all finally comes together and we can continue to clearly identify and overcome the roadblocks to make it all a success. The path forward has never been clearer as it is here on our birthday and it makes me so excited to see the potential of what we can achieve in this next year with the support of amazing humans!


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Feb 05, 2021

https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210205/climate-change-may-have-helped-covid19-emerge

It's a link few might have considered, but a new study indicates that climate change may have prompted the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising temperatures caused by greenhouse emissions have boosted the growth of bat-friendly forest habitat in China's southern province of Yunnan and neighboring areas, making the region a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses.


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Feb 05, 2021

https://www.newson6.com/story/601d983e7e116019ba0d29b5/uk-study-will-test-if-getting-doses-of-2-different-covid19-vaccines-is-effective

A new vaccine trial is underway in the U.K. to test whether mixing and matching different COVID-19 vaccines for the first and second doses is effective. If effective, this might provide more flexibility in vaccine rollout. Mixing vaccines might also give a person better protection, scientists say.


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Jan 29, 2021

https://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0YSPk4JR?share_id=eyJ1c2VyaWQiOjk4OTYyNDUzLCJkb2NfaWQiOiIwWVNQazRKUiIsInRpbWVzdGFtcCI6MTYxMTk1NDE0NjM3MX0=&s=a7&pd=06hEebLe&hl=en_US

A global study of nearly 44,000 found that the COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson is 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe disease. The study was conducted in the U.S., Latin America and South Africa. The vaccine did better at preventing disease in the U.S. – 72% — and less well in South Africa – 57% efficacy. The efficacy seen in Latin America was 66%.

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Jan 29, 2021

https://newscenter.lbl.gov/2021/01/12/odd-structure-of-orf8/

A team of biologists who banded together to support COVID-19 science determined the atomic structure of a coronavirus protein thought to help the pathogen evade and dampen response from human immune cells. The structural map – which is now published in the journal PNAS, but has been open-access for the scientific community since August – has laid the groundwork for new antiviral treatments and enabled further investigations into how the newly emerged virus ravages the human body.


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Jan 28, 2021

https://physicsworld.com/a/covid-19-how-physics-is-helping-the-fight-against-the-pandemic/

With the world in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jon Cartwright investigates how physics-based techniques are helping scientists study viruses, including this latest novel coronavirus

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Jan 26, 2021

https://news.yahoo.com/cancer-drug-27-5-times-125800514.html

Researchers reported Monday in the journal Science that a drug developed to fight multiple myeloma has proved 27.5 times more effective at treating COVID-19 than remdesivir in laboratory studies with infected human lung and kidney cells. The drug, Aplidin or Plitidepsin, was also effective at fighting COVID-19 in lab mice. Aplidin was developed in Spain from a tubular, plantlike marine animal called a sea squirt. It has gone through a Phase II trial against COVID-19 and is awaiting a Phase III trial.


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