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In December 2019, Dr. Li Wenliang attempted to warn the world about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Since Dr. Li Wenliang’s death from COVID-19, February 7, 2020, COVID-19 cases continue to increase with over 70k cases a day in the US, 200k cases a day globally. The United States, Brazil, India, South Africa and Russia lead the world in COVID-19 cases and continue to rise exponentially. As of July 20th 2020, there have been over 14.5 million global cases of COVID-19, resulting in over half a million deaths.
14.5 million+ people around the world continue to be impacted by COVID-19 at an unprecedented scale; spread rates, intervention measures, medical care, and economic impact measures vary greatly. This variability has resulted in volatility and increases of spread, hospitalizations and deaths in minority and impoverished communities. LatinX persons are contracting COVID-19 at a rate 4 times higher than that of non-Hispanic white persons, while non-Hispanic black persons can contract COVID-19 at a rate 5 times higher than non-Hispanic white persons according to the CDC.
The result is high uncertainty for most individuals about how to best make decisions to reduce their risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, and to help steer those who have the virus to the best resources available. Current spread and hospitalizations in the U.S. have exponentially risen. Hospitalizations rates have more than doubled since the end of April 2020. As of July 22nd, 2020, the U.S. is the epicenter of the COVID-19, with 70k+ confirmed new cases a day.
Dr. Li Wenliang was actively trying to combat misinformation and warn the world about the reality of COVID-19. Contributing to the rise of spread, hospitalization and death are active disinformation media campaigns discouraging mask wearing, social dancing, early detection, and testing and precautions required to reduce the impact of COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations.
In an effort to inform the public, organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and private industries have launched data repositories, APIs, and public service campaigns to inform and educate the public about the novel COVID-19.
Deliberate misinformation campaigns, disparate data sources, and inaccessible tools have kept current solutions from scaling to address the individual needs of under-served populations.
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Design and develop a cross platform bot, named Li, that decreases the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 in an effort to increase early detection, masking, testing, social distancing, and treatments among racial and ethnic minority populations.
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