As the first wave of infections rose in Canada, our multidisciplinary team worked collectively and cohesively to identify areas of need and create agile solutions in response. These solutions included creation of a website to host pan-Canadian research databases to help interconnect the research community and a nationwide volunteer database to facilitate identification of qualified personnel for public health, long-term care and community-based initiatives.
Currently, we are using our network of multidisciplinary experts and volunteers from our volunteer database to tackle one of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic: the rampant COVID-19 misinformation. We have partnered with a number of Canadian organizations to launch a series of science communication initiatives to help bridge existing knowledge gaps and dispel myths surrounding COVID-19 and the Canada-wide response.
Since its start, COVID-19 Resources Canada has:
- Recruited and deployed thousands of volunteers in pandemic-related initiatives across the country;
- Tackled misinformation through community discussion forums, expert written articles and social media campaigns;
- Created databases to help scientists working on COVID-19 projects find funding opportunities and collaborators, exchange reagents, and list their projects and expertise.