In my country, Cameroon, I was disturbed by the fact that persons around me do not take the outbreak seriously, they believe the virus is a government made up thing and the increasing number of cases is becoming alarming, also for the few who believe there is a pandemic, they are misinformed about the virus, for example, I had this "neighbor" who believed drinking all sort of concoctions will make her immune to the virus. Only a few people are tech-savvy and can go online to research and find the right resources regarding the pandemic coronavirus. The fact that persons underrate or are misinformed inspired my proposed solution for this hackathon.
What it does
COVID-KNOW contains information from reliable sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Center of Diseases Control (CDC) and Ministry of Public Health Cameroon and the exact links to specific topics on these different sites. This is to enable Cameroonians to quickly access the information they need. They don't have to search or click many places in order to find the information needed for them. COVID-KNOW also provides statistics on the number of cases, death and recovered cases in Cameroon and other countries. It also provides trending news so users have access to information that can help them from reliable sources. It also has links to the support section of Ministry of Public Health in Cameroon website, to enable people to support the government and medical practitioners in the fight against coronavirus
How I built it
I first searched online and I had access to a lot of resources. I planned the steps involved in developing the app using workstream. I started building the interface and then the server and finally, I connected the interface to the server and other API used. I also used a lot of graphics since there are many people in my community who cannot read very well.
Challenges I ran into
I faced a lot of challenges when designing graphics.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I was able to build a version of my idea that can help people in my community. Regardless of the short deadline, I was able to focus and build my idea with help from professionals.
What I learned
I learned to collaborate and share ideas with others and to work under pressure and attain my goal.
What's next for COVID-KNOW
COVID-KNOW in the future will also provide information not only for coronavirus but for other diseases. COVID-KNOW will also have more infographics so that people of different ages and education can understand the information delivered.
Try It out
express.js, node.js, react-native, redux