In addition to practicing physical distancing and engaging in protective measures like hand hygiene, you can contribute towards slowing the spread of COVID-19 by self-reporting how you're feeling (whether you're healthy or unwell). This type of information can help public health officials better track the real-time spread in neighbourhoods, and make more informed decisions about how to protect citizens and distribute urgently needed resources.
No contribution as a citizen scientist is considered too small - you can help in flattening the curve by reporting your symptoms here:
For Canadians: FLATTEN | For US Citizens: COVID Near You
Led by University of Toronto's Associate Professor Tara Moriarty & McGill University's Professor Guillaume Bourque, this initiative is founded by a group of Canadian researchers, students, activists and web developers who want to help Canada's COVID-19 response.
Support the Canadian COVID-19 R&D community by answering the call for these types of support: Providing access to human resources and expertise and/or donating reagents and equipment.
The project's goals are to support front-line healthcare workers, expand capacities of public health and research labs, and serve as a source of expertise on COVID-19.
Citizen science (CS; also known as community science, crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, volunteer monitoring, or online citizen science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists. Also sometimes described as "public participation in scientific research," participatory monitoring, and participatory action research, whose outcomes are often advancements in scientific research, as well as an increase in the public's understanding of science. Often this participation is in collaboration with or under the direction of scientists.
Some common types of citizen science-powered initiatives include crowdsourcing, data analysis, data collection, data validation and screening.
[Definition adapted from original in Wikipedia, Mar 31, 2020]
Help out scientists by downloading Folding@home software so that your own computer can contribute towards powering simulations on how Coronavirus viral proteins work, which may be useful in identifying new therapies or cures. If you have already installed Folding@Home, check out foldthenorth.ca to learn how to join team Government of Canada!
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