The A2P team is strongly engaged in the global COVID-19 response strategy. Here are a few examples of our activities:

  • Hoarding in science, no thanks. Openness and transparency in crisis mode and beyond
    During the current SARS-COV-2 pandemic, the scientific approach is ostensibly unable to keep up with the rapid pace at which the crisis is spreading. After developing a research idea, it usually takes years to publish the results. Now, however, things need to move faster. One more reason to embrace open science practices. Rima-Maria Rahal & … Read more
  • Day 18: DIY sanitizer
    University and research institute labs around the world have repurposed their inventory and skills set to produce self-made sanitizers. Here are two examples, from Nigeria and Sweden: https://twitter.com/OvieAli/status/1243831079053725697?s=20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIaw7cXwhKI Download the WHO Guide to local production of handrub formulations: who.int/gpsc/5may/Guide_to_Local_Production.pdf
  • Day 15: Harnessing the Open Science infrastructure for an efficient African response to COVID-19 [preprint]
    Cite as: Havemann, Jo, Bezuidenhout, Louise, Achampong, Joyce, Akligoh, Harry, Ayodele, Obasegun, Hussein, Shaukatali, … Wenzelmann, Victoria. (2020). Harnessing the Open Science infrastructure for an efficient African response to COVID-19 [preprint]. doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3733768 Authors Core team:  Jo Havemann, 0000-0002-6157-1494, Access 2 Perspectives & AfricArXiv, GermanyLouise Bezuidenhout, 0000-0003-4328-3963, Oxford University, AfricArXiv & Access 2 Perspectives, South Africa & UK  Correspondence: (JH & … Read more
  • Day 11: Multilingual COVID-19 Information Videos
    There is a lot of information circulating about COVID-19 – some more reliable than others. For many individuals, it is stressful to sort through differing messages – often in languages that are not their mother-tongue. We propose to address this with short, consistent messages provided in as many regional/local languages as possible. For that, we … Read more
  • Day 10: Mapping the COVID-19 global response
    COVID-19 relevant information and resources by country License: CC-0 Click on individual nodes and view information by country info hotlinesgovernmental informational websites, Twitter feeds & Facebook pagesfact checking online resourceslanguage indicator DIY resources clinical staff capacity buildingetc. With the navigation buttons to the right, you can zoom in and out, select and focus on specific … Read more
  • Day 8: Leveraging Open Hardware to Alleviate the Burden of COVID-19 on Global Health Systems
    Maia Chagas, A.; Molloy, J.; Prieto Godino, L.; Baden, T. Leveraging Open Hardware to Alleviate the Burden of COVID-19 on Global Health Systems. Preprints2020, 2020030362 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0362.v1). Abstract With the current rapid spread of COVID-19, global health systems are increasingly overburdened by the sheer number of people that need diagnosis, isolation and treatment. Shortcomings are … Read more
  • COVID-19 Research & Outbreak Mitigation
    Refer to the Wikipedia article 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic or the World Health Organization's situation reports for most recent reported case information. Cross-sectional model of a coronavirus. CC-BY-SA 4.0 scientificanimations.com/wiki-images/ Protect yourself and others from infection by following these suggestions: HandwashingRespiratory hygieneSelf-isolation and self-quarantineSocial distancingContribute to vaccine research (see below) Stay calm and wash your hands. In between, check these … Read more