We are at a critical phase in the coronavirus outbreak.
There cannot be any complacency as to the need for global action. Now a pandemic, over 860,700 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in 118 countries, and more than 42,300 lives have been lost.
Since January, teams at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have mobilised to help slow the spread and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The skills and expertise of our staff mean that we are uniquely placed to both mount outbreak response efforts and to advise on their mitigation. Working around the clock, our global public health experts provide accurate information and advice to governments, industry and the public around the world.
Our mathematical modellers have been mapping the virus since the earliest days of the outbreak. Their insights into patterns of transmission, behavioural response and control measures have been informing the global response to COVID-19. With data and analysis open to collaborators globally, their work helps assess how many hospital beds will be needed, the stress on healthcare systems and how regional and national communities can prepare.
LSHTM experts from the ARCTEC group are working closely with Ketchum, a communications consultancy, to support schools and families by providing educational materials for children about the science behind COVID-19, and to ensure maximum awareness and understanding of the recommendations set by governments. This includes the development of bespoke messaging and toolkits such as downloadable lesson plans and educational activities to support families that are home schooling, to ensure all ages of children are taught about the COVID-19 virus.
Working alongside partners, Medical Detection Dogs and Durham University, LSHTM experts are looking into whether mans best friend could play a role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus. Our rigorous research has shown how diseases have their own unique odour and to date we have proven that dogs can be trained to detect malaria with high accuracy. We are beginning an intensive preparation to train dogs within six weeks to help provide a rapid, non-invasive diagnosis towards the tail end of the epidemic. Once trained, dogs could also be used to identify travellers entering the country infected with the virus or be deployed in other public spaces.
We are a leading voice in response to the outbreak in an uncertain world. Our experts provide measured, objective analysis, supporting outbreak surveillance and helping to combat misinformation and discrimination. With an expert view of infection control, we continue to share knowledge and guidance with live-streamed panel sessions, podcasts, and press interviews.
There is no time to lose.
We need your support so our researchers can continue their real time response to this outbreak. With your help, we can increase understanding of COVID-19, improve global response efforts, and ensure that the latest insights are effectively communicated.
All donations received will be used to support LSHTM's response to COVID-19.
- Continuing to predict transmission rates is crucial to help manage the global response. A donation of £500 could fund one hour of mathematical modelling and inform preparations in countries that do not have robust healthcare systems.
- We are launching a Massive Open Online Course, bringing together the latest of what we know about COVID-19. A donation of £250 could fund half a day of translation into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin or Italian, making this information accessible to those in countries where outbreaks have, or may still, occur.
- Our LSHTM Viral podcast has listeners in 143 countries. A donation of £100 could support production costs so we can continue sharing expert guidance and insight to a global audience, dispelling rumours and combatting fake news.