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Every Person Matters: Find Your Place in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Users complete a simulation by indicating characteristics of their individual lives to quantify impact of good/bad choices in community.

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I saw a visual that compared the spike of deaths/100,000 caused by the Spanish flu in a city that strictly followed protective procedures and one that neglected those instructions for a few weeks until the harm became more obvious. 

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Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

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

As a student studying science, I rely on data to inform my future actions and questions. Coming from a reliable source, this data led me to observe the obligation to trust data that, even though it may inconvenience me, has sound roots and a clear conclusion. After seeing this figure, I severely reduced my contact with others and began immediately encouraging those I know to do the same. 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Social media and word of mouth. When friends or family told me of plans to run to the store or to go out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I shared the visual with them and did my best to relay the importance of trusting past data and implementing informed action in response. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • Word of Mouth

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

I want to realistically know what to prepare for. Until now, the nation has been in a mode of survival. Studying neuroscience, I know that this mindset leads us to think and act in extreme ways and to lose the brain capacity to rationally plan. Although our officials are trying to remain optimistic, having an idea about what is to come will help everyone seek the resources they need and lessen the fear and extreme measures taken while experiencing the situation in real time. 

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

Although not a specific population, rhetoric should shift to focus on the common good. It is a natural instinct to protect oneself while scared, however, without addressing the needs of everyone in the community by social distancing, donating blood, not overstocking, etc., the healthcare system will become overwhelmed and all will suffer in the end. We need to communicate that all must act as one to overcome this virus.  

What is your current profession?

Student-Neuroscience and Behavior

In what city are you located?

Chicago, IL

In what country are you located?

United States


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