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Daily template[edit]


Last month's wikipedia top views[edit]

According to official wmf statisitics about half the articles on the top 100 list of most viewed articles on English Wikipedia were related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between them these articles captured 143,017,593 page views out of a total of 389,228,425*

Most of these articles were created recently. Are they encyclopedic or news? Crystal Balling? We'll have to wait patiently for April's numbers to settle these questions.

* The following are not included in the count: Main_Page (306,073,672) and Special:Search (49,703,268)

Projects pages[edit]





Related Commons discussion[edit]


Simple wikipedia[edit]




Life + Community[edit]


stories of life + recovery

Music + Art[edit]

Science + Engineering[edit]

Virology + Biology[edit]

How-to guides[edit]

evergreen: the Corona Tech Handbook | WikiHow:Covid-19

Collaboration Sprints and Events[edit]

Health and care[edit]


evergreen: Map of Testing Centers
  • Korean phone booth testing (as of 3/18?) (where else?) (capacity, cost, time?)

Health equipment[edit]

evergreen: PPE matchmaking | Flow diagram of mask + ventilator supplies

Health guidelines[edit]


WM Hackathon[edit]

General thoughts:

  • Use AirDroid to develop mobile interfaces

Tools in development/use

  • Covid-Obit - to help file obits for people who died of COVID. (Vera)
  • Spreadsheet tool - using a programmed Google Sheet to generate json to update a .tab file on Commons

Related tickets and requests

  • ...



  • Main article and its translations
  • Misinformation explosion and articles dedicated to it (active on EN, deleted in ML)
    • One specifically on health disinfo; one on inflammatory/racist info
  • Drug research and implications
  • Other derivatives: disease surveillance
    • Little info on affect on different ages, professions, race/ethnicity [N wants to work on them]
  • Art and animations: N nags her partner to make them :)
    • Some come from NIH and others.
    • Some are generated from data
    • Videos are mainly of white men performing procedures... few from E.Asia or the south
  • Many people are watching related articles to find information as it's inserted.

Urgent needs[edit]

Testing capacity[edit]

Italy has a shortage of test kits. Recently 50k were provided by China.

The US has a shortage of test facilities, and needs local university and hospital labs to speed up testing.

  • The CDC is doing almost no direct tests. They aggregate data with minimal transparency and are often out of date. Modelers may need to get data directly from states. :
  • States have capacity, but have been told not to test, or restricted in who they could 'officially' test. They need to ignore those restrictions
  • Universities and local hospitals have potential capacity, and need to upgrade facilities and focus them on coronavirus. Ex: UW Virology Lab, Brigham + Women's Hospital
  • Anyone with a Roche cobas machine should convert its use to covid testing.
  • Quest + LabCorp promised to spin up testing this week but have no staff to do so -- possibly for lack of funding... ? Ensure they have new hires asap.[citation needed] (AB)

Reagents and kits[edit]

  • For swab tests, nylon swabs and test tubes are in short supply as of March 11.
  • For blood tests, reagents aren't in short supply but they aren't currently widely used in the US.[citation needed] (AB)
  • For full kits, Qiagen has been providing reagents and test kits at scale on request, and needs steady + predictable demand. (they were acquired last week by Thermo Fisher).

Coordinated data + dashboard[edit]

Data coordination[edit]

  • Microsoft BI, Arcgis, and Tableau should all have solutions for
    • making Covid data more accessible across instances (ways to find related layers / sources, as you build a new one)
    • making data more accessible to viewers (options to export/download raw daa, when you encounter one online)

Worldwide data[edit]

United States data[edit]

Status, visualization[edit]


Rough aggregate data: , HealthMap


Specific local models: China, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam

Data only: (US)

Models of spread[edit]

Good local modeling requires tracking of individual patients. Line lists of patients, infected and monitored, and careful tracing of their contacts, is essential for this. In countries where that is available, local models can predict outcomes. While such lists are rarely available in real-time to the public, but in pandemics that is the only efficient way to proceed.


Example city models:


Checklists; protocols -- documents by country (classified and grouped)


Drug Testing[edit]

One instance of a virtual test underway of preventive drug efficacy (via AB):

  • A drug is already in use in many countries, can be used quickly; requires raw materials from China.
  • 2-wk controlled experiment: run on people in households w/a known infected person -- see if this reduces likelihood or severity of getting it themselves.  Needs 2000 participants in a randomly controlled trial.
  • Replicating doctor-maintained workflows to track individual cases + suspected cases and follow them. Working on a "line list": one line per case, with geography -- something some states or cities cluster by township, but rarely more granularly. Necessary for city-level modeling.
  • Needed: Corona tests to confirm one person in a household is infected. Wanted: helpers who have done randomized trials and can work on stats and spreadsheet/case management.  

Other drugs in testing or trials:



Testing is in short supply. The US lags the most in this.

Regional testing[edit]

  • WA: the UW virology lab is testing ~1000 samples a day and growing rapidly. Other unis should do the same.
  • NY, MA, CA, TX, others will all need this.

Test approaches[edit]

  • US standard: swab, package, and ship. Currently vials and swabs are back-ordered in the US by ~5wks.
  • SG standard: blood draw + direct testing.
  • RNA vs antibody tests: the latter tests exposure, including after the fact [signal of immunity]


see also visualizations

Maps: Commons, (arcgis), ...

Visual essays: Act Today or People Will Die

COVID and people's Privacy[edit]

In the wake of COVID many small organizations (mom & pop business, doctor's offices, non-profits), including our own wmf, have recently started using technology such as w:Zoom Video Communications for conducting w:video conferencing. They use this technology to avoid face-to-face communication with clients, customers, or colleauges. Technology such as Zoom is advertised as "free software", but it costs money to produce, and companies that own such free software must make money in order to stay in business.

Smile of the day[edit]

Participating groups[edit]

External groups

with websites + other contact info: roster


SJ talk  23:48, 13 March 2020 (UTC) .