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Crowdsourcing wellness checks during the COVID-19 Pandemic with CheckUpOn.Me.

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I recently received a message from a friend I know online. We play video games online with each other, that's about it though. He reached out to me because he was worried sick, and needed some reassurance. His name is Siad.

He's showing all of the symptoms of COVID-19 and has been ordered to self quarantine. He has severe asthma and is worried that he might go down hill too quickly to get himself help and was terrified at the idea of something happening to him and leaving his dog alone with no one to feed it.

So Siad asked me if I could check up on him everyday, and if I couldn't get in contact with him for more than a day to call 911 and see if I could find someone who could take care of his dog. That last part was an odd request.

Then I realized something about Siad... I didn't actually know if he had anyone to check up on him. He's an old guy who never had kids. His wife had passed away years prior. Besides myself, I don't actually know if he had anyone else to talk to.

I don't think Siad is the only person out there with no one to check in on them and most of all, I don't think anyone should be in that situation.

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

This entire situation with Siad was my driving force behind building CheckUpOn.Me.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

I'm on the Progressive Coders Network Staff. I shared it in their Slack. I also shared it in the NJ wide Discord and on a number of other sources (Reddit, other slacks).

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Digital
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • SMS Alerts
  • Employer

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

Accurate testing numbers.

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

Low income area's.

What is your current profession?

Senior Information Security Engineer.

In what city are you located?

New York City, NY

In what country are you located?



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