Call for scientists and health professionals to provide COVID analysis on breaking news

With our entire economy and way of life at a near standstill from COVID-19, and one person dying in the US every 30-60 seconds during peak outbreaks, people are desperate for accurate news and information they can trust. But in a deeply divided political and emotionally charged environment, is it possible to receive objective information? Can we ever get the straight story without political bias?

Today, we are announcing a call for scientists, health professionals, and associated content experts to contribute to Viral Feedback, a non-profit, non-partisan platform for scientists, health professionals, and associated content experts to provide high quality and data driven analysis of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19-related news reports, government actions, breaking scientific papers, and other media.

This analysis is provided by writing annotations as a layer over original articles to provide additional context, validate claims, or provide data to demonstrate that a statement is poorly supported by current scientific expertise. Through a new web standard using open source technology, these annotations are visible in context.

This model and its underlying technology are already in use within the climate science community at climatefeedback.org which has been using Hypothes.is to annotate climate-related research and news coverage since 2014.

Science is an evolving process. What we know today may change based on what we learn tomorrow. Viral Feedback strives to bring current scientific perspectives to social media and news stories based on the most recent data and emergent findings.

If you are a qualified scientist or doctor who would like to write to improve the public’s understanding and response to COVID-19 by providing non-partisan analysis, we would love to hear from you.

You can sign up to volunteer by filling out this google form.

Examples of annotations that address common questions including the following:

Is COVID-19 worse than the seasonal flu? How bad really is COVID-19?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/LI_nVgl5Eeu-gvcIqPhVaA

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/m4r4bAQkEeufL5uF1r7SHA

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/Ddm7uBoqEeuYTg8jqneFmA

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/9E_fYPIfEeqnBbvF7rfGvw

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/xwxb9vIUEeqyYkfQLFVv-w

What do we know about vaccines?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/UQzeNiEREeuOEmtUaUroCQ

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/NIy3nCnZEeu9mZfuNOLHDA

Do masks work?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/qafKaPOqEeqtyY9wZES2HQ

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/xxIxPvIUEeqEsI8HOnrGIg

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/OXxl4MSyEeqXretys2gNDQ

Are lockdowns worth it?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/Ny--0ilHEeuf81-a0br3zA

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/szhLir-rEeq3JvP_Z5lIOA

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/_NGorBPHEeuQbAP_FCWm4Q

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/h5fadApUEeuCh6sIaQ_nTw

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/h4yMFApUEeundC83Tw-eqA

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/gUSO7hpCEeuz9Ws9MnraMQ

How is COVID linked to mental illness?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/jCV27CQ5EeuqXf94BcMH_w

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/Ny--0ilHEeuf81-a0br3zA

Should we let the virus infect the young while protecting the old or wait for a vaccine?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/qJ9LvvnWEeqLnL_4G61Zlg

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/ia_gKvbxEeqhS1fN-X8onQ

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/lXdZ2B6_Eeu4sPc7Hk5CJw

Is the false positive rate of PCR skewing the pandemic data?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/Dwng-P6-Eeq9HueziwDjKg

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/K12u_P0oEeqjJPcyXEd7Pw

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/b48WYvbDEeqFExdFY2BkFg

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/o7caMvRjEeqHmDPQw1o2kw

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/5YDLAvKhEeq-cJv0hbShqQ

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/xxvo5vIUEeql6aOtaZoOKg

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/Eb1SGM1YEeqf5-ekHzknTQ

What is the role of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in the pandemic?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/bjTvngmNEeuUsaNA0FME6w

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/xwxb9vIUEeqyYkfQLFVv-w

Does hydroxychloroquine work?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/LnWAmv3tEeqLAVOb0mW7zQ

How does immunity to COVID-19 work?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/O3X8NPlREeq9NddXWuGT8A

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/qtAqEuiqEeqFtaeFfL3DzA

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/pDri0ATbEeuCHhuXWU_YXA

Did COVID-19 exist before 2019?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/qsneMuiqEeqHAf9xW_QPhg

How many unidentified cases of COVID-19 exist?

https://viralfeedback.org/annotations/lw-vbt84Eeq6fDsM6HcrlQ

Interested in learning more? Check out the Viralfeedback.org blog!

Viral Feedback

Providing scientific perspectives on public information regarding COVID-19.

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