learn about COVID-19, its impact, and what you can do about it.
Spanish Version: https://www.covid19atf.org/blog/aplana-la-curva-con-nosotros
False information is dangerous as it spreads unnecessary fear and anxiety to the general public. It is our mission to spread awareness about the current situation and provide resources for those who need them most. We are a motivated group of teenagers passionate about science and dedicated to educating people about COVID-19 and supporting those in need.
COVID-19 is a disease that is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, which stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. COVID-19 is a novel virus, which means developing a vaccine to create immunity to it is unknown territory. Scientists have yet to conduct much research on a vaccine. Some of what we know is that there are three main antigens (essentially toxic molecules that cause an immune response): the spike-protein, the membrane-protein, and the nucleocapsid-protein. These antigens bind to a receptor protein called ACE2 in human cells. The virus then uses the information encoded in its genetic material to reproduce. The copies of this virus then infect more cells, spreading the virus throughout the body.
While scientists try to find and ethically test an effective vaccine, it is our duty as a society to take measures to limit the spread as much as we can by practicing social distancing and wearing masks when in public. We also need to support each other as much as we can because this is a difficult time for everybody.
As a group, we are starting some different initiatives to do our part. Some of our projects include: creating educational resources to support elementary and middle school students and providing peer tutoring, bringing awareness to mental health issues that people are facing especially caused by the current crisis, as well as producing and distributing face masks to those who wouldn’t have access otherwise.
In order to effectively execute these projects, we need your support. Please subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on instagram (@covid19aft), and if you have money to spare, donate to our Venmo so we can support some amazing foundations. Any support or donation will help - all proceeds will go towards our Coronavirus relief fund. Thank you for your support.
Jennifer and Maddie
Authors and Editors