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COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Information Guide

This guide is a living document. More content will be added as new information and resources become available and as the COVID-19 situation develops. Last updated: Oct 12, 2021

How Can You Help?

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


How Scientists Can Help

What is Citizen Science?

What is Citizen Science?

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]

How Citizens Can Help