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The Coronavirus Tech handbook is a crowd-sourced library for technologists, civic organizations, public and private institutions, researchers, and specialists on all kinds working on responses to the pandemic. It is a rapidly evolving resource with thousands of expert contributors.

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What are you hoping to find in the handbook? Write below:

  1. Real-time statistics with graphs - infections, deaths etc...
    1. See the Epidemiology section, below
  2. I am organizing a mutual aid group, I am looking for resources
    1. See the Volunteering & Mutual Aid section, below.
  3. Recommendations/ best practices for communal living situations? How to live in a shared space with 10+ people... 1 kitchen, 1 shower, bathroom etc.
    1. See coronavirustechhandbook.com/home-troubles
  4. Looking for ways to use my skills as a software developer to help with COVID-19 response.
    1. Great! A good place to start is just tidying the handbook, and you'll come to understand the landscape as you do it!
    2. You could help 'lockdown' PWA app that will show various lockdown states for countries across the world helping people to find out if they can travel and at what restrictions https://github.com/Code-for-All/lockdown/
  5. Is there a way to search the handbook (or find out where links in the link drop end up)?
    1. Coming soon!
  6. What resources exist that show what surveillance systems are being put in place to track COVID-19? I(tracking movements on trains, buses, buildings, etc.) What expiration date do these surveillance systems have, if any?
    1. See https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/democracy
    2. See also https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/self-reporting
    3. https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/democracy
  7. A list of findings from any user research (scrappy is fine!) conducted? So that we can better understand problems people are facing as we build?
    1. See coronavirustechhandbook.com/service-design
    2. https://medium.com/@jain.sm/covid-19-a-biological-perspective-d5ea9cedb517
    3. https://medium.com/@jain.sm/covid-19-biological-perspective-part-2-d9d274654fe8

helpdesk archive

Link Drop

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Crisis Help. Map of helpers

#map for initiatives, events and companies in need

Makervsvirus.org network of makers delivering 3dprinted and injection molded face shields in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Application for managing mutual aid hubs (currently used in the east riding, UK) - includes mapping and location tools, volunteer registration (public form), beneficiary management and task management. UK focused but could work anywhere. Data remains kolsecure within the specific "hub". Cloud app - no installation needed. (ISSUE: REQUIRES PASSWORD)

✉️[email protected]
Mutual Aid User Guide


Free online trainings and webinars


The map above shows you how much influenza-like illness above the normal expected levels we have detected since March 1.



Australian Government 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-isolation and test status notification' form

Australia New South Wales (NSW) COVID-19 statistics, with heat map, Confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW by postcode

Australia Queensland (QLD) Governement 'Special team to boost tracking and enforcement in bid to halt coronavirus'


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Volunteering & Mutual Aid 🙋

Getting Sick 🤒

Medicine & Care 🏥

Medical Equipment 😷

Epidemiology 📈

Information Ecosystem 📰

  • Public Advice Information aimed at the general public, such as public health advice, educational summaries, diagnostic questionnaires, surveys, and hygiene tips.
  • Fighting Misinformation Solutions to online trust, verification, fact checking, and reader experience in the interest of addressing misinformation in all of its forms. 
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Coverage for Coronavirus Tech Handbook

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_Tech_Handbook
  2. http://gizmodo.com/technologists-are-crowdsourcing-a-coronavirus-handbook
  3. https://www.vice.com/en_us/5dm4mb/people-are-trying-to-make-diy-ventilators-to-meet-coronavirus-demand
  4. https://www.tijd.be/dossiers/coronavirus/techsector-brainstormt-tegen-de-klok-om-coronacrisis-te-bestrijden/102140979.html
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csy67r (Transcription)
  6. https://www.alliancemagazine.org/blog/how-should-philanthropists-respond-to-the-coronavirus/
  7. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article/Engineers-develop-share-open-source-designs-DIY-ventilators.html
  8. https://fundraising.co.uk/2020/03/18/tech-resources-to-help-fundraisers-amid-the-coronavirus-outbreak/
  9. https://www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/manufacturing-a nd-covid-19-ways-your-company-could-help/ 
  10. http://cybersalon.org/coronavirus-tech-handbook/ 
  11. https://www.localmedia.org/resources-for-journalists-covering-coronavirus/
  12. https://www.irishtimes.com/businesshnology/coronavirus-tech-handbook-guides-you-through-the-mayhem-1.4205062
  13. https://singularityhub.com/2020/03/15/coronavirus-seven-ways-collective-intelligence-is-tackling-the-pandemic/
  14. https://troymedia.com/business/help-navigating-covid-19-impacts-on-your-business/
  15. https://www.getrevue.co/profile/caseynewton/issues/can-we-fight-coronavirus-with-location-data-234378
  16. https://www.cebm.net/oxford-covid-19/covid-19-registered-trials-and-analysis/
  17. https://cronyclecovid19.substack.com/p/covid-19-help-is-other-people-252817
  18. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/worldwide-hackathon-hospitals-turn-crowdsourcing-3d-printing-amid-equipment-shortages-n1165026
  19. https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/5dm4mb/people-are-trying-to-make-diy-ventilatorscoronavirus-demand
  20. https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/anaesthesia/trainee-resources
  21. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/worldwide-hackathon-hospitals-turn-crowdsourcing-3d-printing-amid-equipment-shortages-n1165026
  22. https://citizentv.co.ke/blogs/bwire-artificial-intelligence-could-be-helpful-in-dea-covid
  23. https://thelivinglib.org/the-coronavirus-tech-handbook
  24. https://www.techworld.com/news/tech-innovation/technologists-lead-crowdsourced-coronavirus-tech-handbook-response-3784912/
  25. https://www.innovatorsmag.com/covid-19-tech-handbook/
  26. https://www.cwi.it/channelworld-it/coronavirus-tech-handbook-wikipedia-emergenza-covid-19-126732
  27. https://www.aiin.healthcare/topics/healthcare-innovation/crowdsourcing-3d-printing-covid-19-equipment-gaps
  28. https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-03-25/coronavirus-reveals-the-true-value-of-the-internet/
  29. https://nationaldmo.org/covidresources/campaign-resources/
  30. https://80000hours.org/covid-19
  31. https://flipboard.com/@michelh57/managing-thru-the-virus-c297ku9bz
  32. https://i-hls.com/archives/100113
  33. https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/27/uk-tech-industry-forms-code4covid-org-to-fight-the-coronavirus-crisis/
  34. https://twitter.com/nesta_uk/status/12Regards42785542246412288
  35. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/31/virus-neighbours-covid-19
  36. http://oecd.org/coronavirus/en/#country-policy-tracker
  37. https://www.nesta.org.uk/feature/unprecedented-times/
  38. https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/mobilising-collective-intelligence-tackle-coronavirus-threat/
  39. https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-04-01/the-horror-films-got-it-wrong-this-virus-has-turned-us-into-caring-neighdbook/
  40. https://library.educause.edu/resources/2020/3/coronavirus-tech-handbook
  41. https://www.journaliststoolbox.org/2020/04/02/flu_and_miscellaneous_medicalhealth_sites/
  42. https://londonfuturists.com/2020/03/30/online-futurist-activities-gathering-pace/
  43. https://www.debatingeurope.eu/2020/03/30/how-can-we-use-technology-to-fight-the-coronavirus/#.XoZzWtPTXOQ
  44. https://www.maddyness.com/uk/2020/03/26/coronavirus-tech-handbook/
  45. https://www.hematology.org/covid-19
  46. https://browse.welch.jhmi.edu/covid-19
  47. https://en.brinkwire.com/science/coronavirus-engineers-share-designs-for-diy-ventilators/
  48. https://www.cwi.it/channelworld-it/coronavirus-tech-handbook-wikipedia-emergenza-covid-19-126732
  49. http://www.ciokorea.com/news/148108
  50. https://institute.global/policy/technology-and-response-covid-19-our-approach
  51. http://apps4good.rc.asu.edu:8000/