We continue to develop resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. See COVID-19 initiatives on Appropedia for more information.

COVID-19 initiatives on Appropedia

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This is a meta-list of the articles and projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a complete list of articles, see Category:Flu pandemic.

How can you help?[edit]

Appropedia is looking to gather information on solutions that are appropriate and effective. We are looking for solutions that, despite any type of technology used, are low-cost, reproducible and resource-accessible to the vast majority of the world population. Developing great documentation is hard, but necessary for creating real impact.

If you want to support us, you can do any of the following:

  • Edit and expand an existing literature review by adding sources. See MOST literature reviews for reference.
  • Creating new literature reviews for open source projects.
  • We need a process for peer-reviewing DIY projects for PPE.
  • At least one third of the global population[1] is currently under one or more forms of restriction in relation to COVID-19W. Help us devise a list of appropriate technology resources for people in isolation to solve basic survival problems with the use of appropriate technology.
  • Help us search on Appropedia, for solutions to ensure a decent quality of life for the world population after the pandemic subdues.

Information resources[edit]

Previous thoughts on pandemics[edit]

  • Influenza pandemic, written almost 10 years ago, focused on severe scenarios, which according to scientists and planners are and will remain possible.
  • PandemicOSAT is an essay (based on Ebola), composed by User:LucasG, with a focus on the design of appropriate technology for use during a pandemic or in preparation for it. For a more recent essay of his, see My Ideal Panflu.

Fab labs[edit]

Technology research and development[edit]

2020 Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology Group COVID19 Projects & Publications

Literature reviews and evaluation criteria[edit]

PPE and medical equipment[edit]

  • PPE is Protective Personal Equipment: masks, hoods, etc.
  • More_better_PPE provides the RIP framework (which should be relocated), criteria for classifying PPE
  • MTU 3-D printing PPE, provides a list of some of the medical equipment being produced at Michigan Tech, through the use of 3D–printers.
  • Open source ventilator, is documenting the process of open source ventilator development at MTU.
  • Tools for Fabric Mask Makers, is documenting tools that can be used for sewing fabric face masks, including creating printable templates for DIY tools.
  • PandemicOSAT is a generic page, not just for PPE, about how to find niche products for development.

Non-medical technology[edit]


Disaster response[edit]

After the crisis[edit]

  • We are in the process of developing a list of OSAT resources, that may assist in alleviating any negative after-effects on survival and livelihood, once the most-devastating wave of the pandemic, has subsided. To review and contribute to this resource, See: Appropriate technology resources for COVID-19 crisis.