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Advice for potential patients

🔗https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1241131202322497536
how to wash your hands

🔗https://thespinoff.co.nz/covid-19/25-03-2020/the-side-eye-viruses-vs-everyone/?amp&__twitter_impression=true
The Side Eye: Viruses vs Everyone

🔗https://www.caltech.edu/about/news/tip-iceberg-virologist-david-ho-bs-74-speaks-about-covid-19
The Tip of the Iceberg: Virologist David Ho (BS '74) Speaks About COVID-19

Advice- mental health
🇺🇸🔗https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/covid-19-lockdown-guide-how-manage-anxiety-and
Tips and tricks on how to manage your anxiety from home to stay mentally healthy as well. 

🔗https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/virtual-dinners-conversation-menus/
conversation menu

🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bTkD_SlKFf6tJHvAgUNiRh9TxdRWwjlzoEN0ZNlLPhU/edit
STAR Project (Paisley) - Covid-19 Contingency Plan. aim to tackle the impacts of COVID-19 which has exacerbated issues such as isolation, mental health and food insecurity within an already marginalised community.

🔗https://coronavirus.medium.com/
Developing stories on Medium

🇬🇧🔗https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Public and Government Services

🇬🇧🔗https://twitter.com/i/events/1239876088337059840
Coronavirus Tweets from UK authorities 

🌍🔗 https://bit.ly/covid-info-list
List of trustworthy information on Covid-19 for the public, for every country in the world (ministries of health, research groups etc)

🇩🇪🔗https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/press/2020/coronavirus.html
Guidelines from the German Federal Ministry of Health - FAQs, important links and numbers for people in Germany

🇬🇧🔗 https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=447860064422&text=hi
GOV.UK launched a @GOVUK Coronavirus Information Service on @WhatsApp.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Coronavirus advice from the NHS

🇺🇸🔗https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
US CDC Advice for individuals and communities, including community mitigation

🇺🇸🔗https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm
Advice on actions to prevent flu by CDC

🇳🇱🔗https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19
Dutch government covid-19 site, with links to all current government advice on coronavirus across a range of themes eg which shops are allowed to remain open, what to do if you have symptoms, reporting requirements for medical staff.

🇳🇱 🔗 https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Dutch public health ministry, coronavirus advice (in English, also available in Dutch), with links to current data, public health advice, travel advisory.

Advice from Institutions

🇺🇳🔗https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
World Health Organisation Portal- Official regularly updated portal with practical advice for the public including:


🇬🇧🔗COVID-19 Service User Advice DOTW
🗣https://www.redcross.org.uk/
British Red Cross Guidelines for symptoms and what to do in many languages available as Word or PDF downloads

🔗https://www.endcoronavirus.org/ 
🗣https://necsi.edu/
End Coronavirus- The focus of our work is to provide relevant information that leads to pragmatic actions for single individuals, families, employers, governments and NGOs.

🔗 https://www.flattenthecurve.com/
🗣 https://twitter.com/figgyjam
Flatten The Curve- Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and thorough guidance compiled by Julie McMurry, MPH. Supported by National Centre for Health Data and Innovative Support for Emergencies Diseases and Disasters



🔗https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/14-03-2020/after-flatten-the-curve-we-must-now-stop-the-spread-heres-what-that-means/
After ‘Flatten the Curve’, we must now ‘Stop the Spread’. Here’s what that means

🔗https://instedd.org/blog/pandemic-preparedness-covid-19-update-citizens-guide/
InSTEDD- Community Pandemic Preparedness Guide 

🔗http://www.wecommunities.org/ 
All of the chats on this website are run by healthcare professionals who believe passionately that through connecting people and sharing information ideas and expertise we can share best practice and ultimately provide better care.

🔗https://practicalwaystostopcoronavirus.wordpress.com/
Practical ways to stop coronavirus: Simple explanations of the basic things everyone can do, collected in one place. A resource to be used, shared, improved

Learn More about COVID-19

🇺🇳🔗https://openwho.org/channels/covid-19
Education and training, WHO: Coronavirus learning resources by OpenWHO 

🔗https://www.coursera.org/learn/covid-19
Learning more about COVID-19- Science Matters: Let’s talk about COVID-19. e-learning course offered by Imperial College London. Coursera.

🔗https://www.covid-19facts.com/?page_id=83607
🗣https://www.rb.com/
Tackling the Novel Coronavirus online course- launching 23 March 2020 - enrollment now open

🔗http://www.microbe.tv/twiv/
🗣 [email protected]
Weekly podcast, English, by top virologists and infectious disease doctors covering the latest research and governmental response to COVID-19 and they also answer listener questions.

🇩🇪🔗https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU31mw90re0&feature=youtu.be
informative illustration of how the virus attacks the body.

🇬🇧🔗https://lifeapps.io/lifeology/covid-19 (English) 
🇨🇳🔗https://lifeapps.io/lifeology/covid-19-zh (Chinese)
by Shauna Bennett, illustrated by Elfy Chiang, reviewed by Tara C. Smith, Ian Mackay and other virologists and MDs. [via this tweet and this post]

Tracing the Outbreak

🔗Ecosystem survey Google Doc.
A survey of the projects working on the contact tracing and mapping part of the problem, data sets, media coverage etc - too much to put in this subsection of the Tech Handbook.
(Please, if you add anything in this section pleas eadd to that document as well).

🔗 COVID-19 Track
🗣https://covid-19-track.com/about
Website with strong data visualisations built to provide the public with crowdsourced information on COVID-19-Tracker

🔗 covid19risk.com
🗣 [email protected]risk.com
We hope to slow the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 with crowdsourced data.

🔗http://epirisk.net/
🗣GleamViz 
EpiRisk is a computational platform designed to allow a quick estimate of the probability of exporting infected individuals from sites affected by a disease outbreak to other areas in the world through the airline transportation network and the daily commuting patters. It also lets the user to explore the effects of potential restrictions applied to airline traffic and commuting flows.

🔗https://yjlou.github.io/2019-nCov
🗣[email protected]
COVID-19 Location History Tool- A tool to compare user’s location history with patients’. It uses Google Maps Timeline KML data. All the data comparison is processed in local so that the user’s data are NOT shared with any government. Repository here https://github.com/yjlou/2019-nCov/tree/master/countries
Send a note to [email protected] if any government announces patient’s location history data. <= this may be dodgy?

🔗https://c19.mitra.biz
Data sets (Currently Korea, Israel, Diamond Princess) with converters to different formats. 

🔗https://www.bing.com/covid
Microsoft Bing COVID-19 Tracker

Online Questionnaires and Diagnostics

🇬🇧🔗 NHS 111 Online - About coronavirus (COVID-19)
🗣 https://www.nhs.uk/contact-us/
Tool from the NHS to give advice on what to do next based on your symptoms.
Github: https://github.com/111Online

🇺🇸🔗https://www.solvhealth.com/
https://medium.com/solv/solvs-covid-19-response-free-telemedicine-for-providers-on-the-front-lines-of-care-4d03a7939918
Instant and convenient healthcare. They claim to be offering free telemedicine for providers in the US.

🇺🇸🔗 https://covid19.fas.org/l/en
🗣Federation of American Scientists
The Federation of American Scientists has focused their recent efforts on consolidating and clearly communicating the most crucial information on COVID-19. In the past weeks, we have worked with members of Congress, crowdsourced public questions/concerns from Twitter, and provided scientifically backed summaries, answers, and recommendations.

🔗ShouldISelfIsolate.com
Quiz website. Try to work out whether people should self-isolate or not.

🔗https://twitter.com/Comparativist/status/1235481955296108550
Automate this Face Mask Decision Tree- Build a tool for people to know if they ought to wear a face mask. The decision tree is here already.

🔗 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/COVID-19Impacts Fast Future's flash foresight survey designed to explore the broader possible consequences of the pandemic for the economy and society as a whole. All respondents will be sent a free copy of the survey findings and we'll donate $1 to the Save the Children Fund for each completed survey. The results will also be made available for free online for the benefit of all. The survey closes at midnight PST on Sunday March 29th.

🔗https://www.bmj.com/content/368/bmj.m1182?fbclid=IwAR2pjBW_FhBUDwyMVYCWKO0-d-dh9UtXZ7w8ofiA_fQAM_O-NkzJpzfW-f0
Covid-19: a remote assessment in primary care

Children and Youth 

Please also see https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/childcare


🇺🇸🔗https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fchildren-faq.html
CDC Childhood advice

🔗https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-guide.html
Live Science “ultimate kids’ guide to the new coronavirus”- Kids like you are likely wondering, "Will school be closed?" and, "Should I be worried about getting sick?" To help guide you through a confusing situation, here are answers from science to all the questions you may have. 

🔗understandingcoronavirus.org
Understanding Coronavirus visually, for young people- Open source comic for learning about COVID-19 (written and drawn for teenagers and adults). Graphic medicine booklets + posters available on github: https://github.com/goinvo/COVID19

Elderly

🔗https://futuredotnow.uk/devicesdotnow/
Getting the most vulnerable online during the COVID-19 crisis

Advice and Resources for Specific Groups

https://github.com/britishredcrosssociety/covid-19-vulnerability
British Red Cross: Prototype COVID-19 vulnerability index, modelling clinical vulnerability and social vulnerability

Pregnant Women (inc. Breastfeeding)

🇺🇸🔗https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/pregnant-women-and-children.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fpregnant-women.html
Advice for pregnant women by CDC

🇬🇧🔗https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/
Advice and information for pregnant women and their families from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. 

Birthrights
🇬🇧🔗https://www.birthrights.org.uk/covid-19/
Charity set up to protect and advocate for women's human rights in childbirth, including specific advice for women due to give birth during the pandemic.

Non-verbal People

🔗https://www.vocable.app/
Free, open-source iOS & Android app that allows non-verbal patients to communicate using head tracking. Potential use case with ventilator-dependent patients. Similar tools in healthcare cost tens of thousands of dollars and aren’t widely available.

🔗https://onacard.org/en
Communication cards for COVID-19 treatment/carer teams with deafness/ conditions that prevent them from being able to speak

People with Disabilities

🔗https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2020/03/08/5-things-to-know-about-coronavirus-and-people-with-disabilities/#10720eb1d21f
🗣Forbes
Overview of how COVID-19 can impact on the lives from a medical and social perspective of people with disabilities

🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-PpyrWoz-Q5Eoooh0rqfDvsqlGf1aQ8WxaKEaslWhCU/edit
Useful links and resources for differently abled (disabled) people during the pandemic

People with Asthma

🇬🇧🔗https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/ 
Asthma UK

People with Cancer

🇬🇧🔗https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/get-help/physical-help/cancer-and-coronavirus 
Cancer and Coronavirus

🇬🇧🔗https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus-and-cancer
Cancer and Coronavirus by Cancer Research UK

🇬🇧🔗https://ovarian.org.uk/news-and-blog/news/q-coronavirus-and-ovarian-cancer/
Coronavirus and ovarian cancer

People with Diabetes

🔗https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus
Advice for people with diabetes

People with Lung Condition

🇬🇧🔗https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus
Advice by British Lung Foundation

People with Heart Disease/COPD

🇬🇧🔗https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health
Advice by British Heart Foundation 

People with HIV

🔗https://www.poz.com/article/people-hiv-need-know-new-coronavirus
What People With HIV Need to Know About the New Coronavirus

People with Multiple sclerosis (MS)

🇬🇧🔗https://www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/ms-and-coronavirus-care-and-support
General care and support for MS and coronavirus

🇬🇧🔗https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/treatments-and-therapies/disease-modifying-therapies/covid-19-coronavirus-and-ms
Disease modifying therapies (DMTs): COVID-19 coronavirus and MS 

🇺🇸🔗https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-you-need-to-know-about-Coronavirus-(COVID-19)
What You Need To Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice for Refugees

🇬🇧🔗https://righttoremain.org.uk/brand-new-videos-about-the-uk-asylum-system/
Right to Remain- Brand new videos about the UK asylum system

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🔗https://www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk/covid-19/
☎️ 0141 223 7979
Scotish Refugee Council.

Hygiene

Masks

For more information please see https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/ppe


🔗https://medium.com/@matthiassamwald/promoting-simple-do-it-yourself-masks-an-urgent-intervention-for-covid-19-mitigation-14da4100f429 
DIY mask template

🔗https://twitter.com/tom_at_octue/status/1240261672973017088  
First prototype for a medical mask / cartridge sterilizer

🔗https://www.appropedia.org/DIY_masks
Sample pages: DIY masks

🔗https://medium.com/@matthiassamwald/promoting-simple-do-it-yourself-masks-an-urgent-intervention-for-covid-19-mitigation-14da4100f429 
DIY mask template

🔗http://www.overcomingbias.com/2020/03/know-when-to-fold-em.html
"As soon as your body notices an infection, it immediately tries to grow a response while the virus tries to grow itself. From then on, it is a race to see which can grow biggest fastest. And the virus gets a big advantage in this race if its initial dose of infecting virus is larger. This effect is widely known and acknowledged by experts, and it is one of the main rationales given for wearing masks, gloves etc. That’s not just to cut the chance of an infection, but also to cut the initial dose."

Digital Tools

🔗 https://washyourlyrics.com/
🗣 https://twitter.com/neoncloth
Handwash Instruction Chart Generator- Generate hand washing infographics based on your favourite song lyrics

🔗https://twitter.com/instantiator/status/1237656419798745088
🗣@instantiator
Washbert (originally ‘Wash Friend’) is an Agent for the Google Assistant. Tell it you’re washing your hands, and it’ll make a hilarious pun and play ~20 secs of (attribution-free) music to make you feel like a hero for longer. Currently in alpha, contact @instantiator to join the alpha, beta, or help port it to Alexa/Siri.

Mental Health

🔗📺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AmQ9ORSNds 
EFT Tapping for coronavirus to manage anxiety

🔗https://www.virusanxiety.com/ 
Tool Kit for Coronavirus Anxiety 

Humor

🔗🗣https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronavirus.memes 
Memes to make light of the situation. Not intended as laughing at suffering.

🔗https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5uNoit6qrxtNnKQTRR6LFm
Pasta against the virus - to support Italian artists. 

Consumer Advice

🇬🇧🔗https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-sales-and-pricing-practices-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Government advice regarding over charging and how to report pricing offences

🇬🇧🔗https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-your-travel-insurance/
Advice from the UK consumer group on your travel rights, mortgage and benefits etc.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-mortgages-savings-borrowing-and-benefits/
Mortgage advice by Which?

🇬🇧🔗https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirus-outbreak-cancelled-or-postponed-events-can-i-get-my-money-back/
Cancelled and postponed events

Travel Advice

🔗 https://scottscheapflights.com/coronavirus-and-travel
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), many airlines have suspended flights and offered free changes or refunds for travel to impacted areas. We’ve collected some resources to help our members make sense of it all.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.britishairways.com/en-us/information/incident/coronavirus/latest-information
Update from BA

🇺🇸🔗 https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/other-alerts/coronavirus-travel-updates
Updates from Delta

🔗https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-airlines-are-waiving-flight-change-fees-because-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-2020-03-03
Update from Marketwatch

News & Information Portals

🔗https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemicTalk:2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic
Wikipedia Article: 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic

🔗https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/dont-panic-the-comprehensive-ars-technica-guide-to-the-coronavirus/
Don't Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated daily]- More than 263,000 people have been infected with a new coronavirus that has spread widely from its origin in China over the past few months. Over 11,100 have already died. Our comprehensive guide for understanding and navigating this global public health threat is below.

🔗 https://www.covid-19facts.com/
COVID-19 FACTS

🔗https://twitter.com/i/lists/1233189888062672898
Tweets of Coronavirus

🔗https://www.rb.com/
The aim of COVID-19 facts is to provide accurate and credible information to counter myths that are gaining traction on social media platforms. COVID-19 Facts is a Public Health Information campaign brought to you by RB, the makers of Dettol & Lysol.

🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w6nLdsSLpF1ar3U72ShXhrT0gv6ns_yiGpRigfAxCDA/edit?usp=sharing
COVID-19 International Media Brief - daily summary of notable Coronavirus articles from The Guardian, The New York Times, The Spectator, The BBC, The Nation, The Atlantic, the Financial Times and more.

🔗https://coronatab.app/
Open source browser extension showing localized Coronavirus statistics, news & advice every time you open a new tab.

🇬🇧🔗www.stopthespread.info
All the coronavirus information you need in one place, with information only from national healthcare agencies and the WHO. Launched 16 Mar 2020 in the UK. Scaling soon across countries! Based in Cambridge, UK