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Mass Translation Effort

Initiative to translate most impacting articles, infographics that showed successful viralization in places that are at later stage

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Data driven published articles

Infographics that are updated daily

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by checking daily on rapid change of new cases reported in certain countries, I was curious as to why certain countries saw such rapid increase and realized that while most sources shared the common "number of new cases" and "number of deaths" fewer sources shared the total number of tests being done in each country. 

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

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

South Korea- high testing effort and high number of cases

USA- low/late testing effort and relatively low cases (first days of March) 

Venezuela- no testing or capability to test and no cases When I then thought about the other extreme, my home country of Venezuela, the number of cases would not even blink, and why would it if it was probably the least prepared to begin testing people for possible positive cases. However on the commonly accessed list, it appears that a country like Venezuela was at lowest risk. 

I realized that the list most people had been monitoring did not represent a countries exposure at all, but with the level of testing capabilities of each country you could tell how little a country knew about actual exposure . 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

WhatsApp, Calls

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • Word of Mouth
  • Employer

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

Analysis of Number of cases, average age of cases, size of testing efforts, state of hospitals (# respirators) in order to come up with severity to address the population accordingly on appropriate actions to take.

Being in the US, a country with high interaction with China and having a late start in testing efforts I realized the real scenario was a lot worse than what the published list of cases could say, so I started to protect myself and play my role of social distancing. 

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

people in countries that will evidently see the wave of cases spike soon but have no infrastructure and will probably not get access or preference to test kits, treatments, vaccines etc. 

What is your current profession?

Product Development Engineer (Mechanical Engineer)

In what city are you located?

San Francisco

In what country are you located?

USA with relatives in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Bali and Venezuela.


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Photo of Aimen Awan

Hi Maurizio Mercurio We both have a very similar idea about translation. Let me know if you decide to work on it further. I would love to collaborate with you.

Photo of Maurizio Mercurio

Hi @Aimen Awan. The link below is one of the most complete studies of the situation I have read so far. I like that it invites the reader to translate it and am surprised Spanish is not available yet. I might tackle that translation in the next days. Let me know your thoughts on the article but also next steps you may have been thinking about.

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