How Scientists Can Volunteer to Help Fight COVID-19

How Scientists Can Volunteer to Help Fight COVID-19

Bench scientists all around the globe who were actively studying the cause and remedies of the current COVID-19 pandemic has been forced to shut down or scale back from their experiments out of COVID-19 precautions. But all these factors don’t mean their expertise or skills can’t help them in contributing to the worldwide effort to stop the spread of the pandemic.

In the previous month, a doctor at Harvard University made an international database which can help scientist all over the globe to list their different skills and their equipment having a hope of getting matched with other scientists who can use their support during this time of infection. A significant number of scientists have already signed up to this database. They are in the hope of helping in many other ways from reviewing the literature, donating supplies, and even answering questions about the virus that gets submitted by the members of the general citizens.

Things That A Scientist Can Do Staying In Any Part Of The World

  1. They can design or build many useful equipment or technologies such as software, hardware or even masks.
  2. Comment or review on several preprints related to the novel coronavirus.
  3. They can build several tools to mine coronavirus data for getting the first-hand impression on essential insights.
  4. They can design or develop inexpensive yet efficient ventilators.
  5. Can create strategies that can decontaminate the N95 masks.
  6. Can give answers to the questions of the general public.
  7. They can even help in using 3D printers to print PPE or personal protective equipment.

Several Ideas And Ways To Donate Supplies From The Labs

Many universities across the globe have organized several drives for surrounding businesses and laboratories to donate personal protective equipment such as face shields, masks, and gowns to different hospitals and healthcare workers. Many are even helping by collecting sample RNA reagents and testing kits.

Local Programs

Many universities and institutions are working in unity to organize volunteers who are capable of chipping in, from phone calls to laboratory work to child care. A few of these are listed down below:

  • The students studying in Minnesota are helping COVID-19 healthcare workers by providing childcare.
  • A long list of volunteer opportunities from acting as a medical scribe, to contact tracing and laboratory works has been compiled by the associates of George Washington University in Washington, DC.
  • CSSC or COVID-19 Student Service Corps are giving all efforts to help the healthcare workers by providing teaching support, child care, phone follow up with patients and a lot more.

While each and every country is facing the pandemic with courage, doctors, nurses and the medical team still remains to be in the first line of defence. Current reports state that there is a massive shortage of trained nurses and medical staff in the US.

In order to fulfil the deficit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some other American government organizations came up with some brilliant ideas and plans. Their plan includes several instructions for the nursing schools and Institutes of Higher Education of America to fight against this dreaded disease. Erudite online nursing schools, being an elite institution, has come up with many online accelerated nursing programs to help the existing nurses in their fight against the COVID-19 disease.


SOURCES

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html#health

https://www.fda.gov/home

 

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