When a tragedy strikes, it often brings out the best in humanity. Health care workers, first-responders, grocery-store workers, food-pantry volunteers, truck drivers, teachers and many more are on the front-lines helping us get through this pandemic. What is talked about less are the behind the scenes coders, IT professionals, and creative problem-solvers using their skills to fight COVID-19. Below are just a few examples.
Coders are currently volunteering their time to use available data to create models and visualizations to track the spread of Coronavirus. These models will then be used to make predictions and decisions on how to stop the virus in its tracks. (Andrej Kovačević).
According to Catherine Shu, programmers in Taiwan helped prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in their country despite how close they are to China, the center of the outbreak. Coders created a city-wide alert system with maps to warn people about places (hot-zones) they should stay away from due to confirmed cases of the virus. They then created an application that allowed people to find which pharmacies had masks to prevent hoarding, making sure everyone had access to this important item.
Coders and web developers are helping small businesses shift their operations to online. Programmers have worked with restaurants to create more user-friendly online menus to help them increase their online food/pickup orders. Web-designers are also volunteering their time to help businesses create and improve their websites to make the transition to online selling. (Natasha Mascarenhas)
WhyHunger, an organization dedicated to helping people find food has teamed up with programmers to create an interactive map that helps individuals and families find free meals when they are in need. (Ken Mingis)
Coders and other IT professionals will continue to be critical in the fight against COVID-19. When we face an unprecedented challenge, it takes all kinds of heroes with varying abilities and talents to overcome it.
How Programmers Can Lend a Hand To Help Fight COVID-19 by Andrej Kovačević
Tech for good during COVID-19: Pivots and partnerships to help people deal by Natasha Mascarenhas
Tech pitches in to fight COVID-19 pandemic by Ken Mingis