CURRENT RESEARCH EFFORTS
Making Use Of This Complimentary Resource
Streamlyne developed C19Priority.ai to address the very real needs of researchers and the general public as we all struggle to understand and combat COVID-19. Artificial intelligence underpins the C19Priority.ai website.
All tools throughout this website are complimentary, with resources for both the general public and our research community. Researchers can use the site to locate relevant research quickly and efficiently. Members of the public can use the self-assessment tool and locate resources for COVID-19 testing and related health and social services in all 50 states. As scientists work toward cures, vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, knowledge is currently our best weapon. We invite you to explore C19Priority.ai and hope you find it useful in your own fight against COVID-19.
– Randy Ozden, CEO, Streamlyne
USING THIS WEBSITE
Here is a quick video walkthrough to help you make best use of this website and the tools provided
WHY SUPERCOMPUTERS ARE A BIG PART OF FIGHTING COVID-19
Dr. Jeremy Smith is a molecular biophysicist who uses the laws of physics and principles of chemistry through supercomputing to understand biological systems. He leads a research team from the University of Tennessee (UT) and the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) that is using ORNL’s IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer to identify promising compounds that may result in a drug to fight COVID-19.
To date, over four million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide. While promising developments for certain drugs used to treat the respiratory virus continue to emerge, there is currently no cure or widespread treatment plan available.
Earlier this year, Jeremy and his colleague, CMB postdoctoral researcher Micholas Smith, paved the way for future drug research when they identified small-molecule drug compounds of value for experimental testing with SARS-CoV-2. The researchers performed calculations on over 8,000 compounds using Summit’s virtual high-throughput screening to find compounds that are most likely to bind to the primary spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 and stop the viral lifecycle from working.
“The goal of our work is to provide accurate predictions of which chemicals will bind to viral proteins and stop the mechanisms the virus needs to replicate,” Jeremy explained. “We’re doing lots of careful calculations as quickly as possible because speed is important here.”
Image courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
USC MILITARY ALUMNI SERVE AS HEROES IN PANDEMIC
Whether on planes, trucks or ships, Trojans use their training and USC connections to help communities facing COVID-19.
WHEN THE UNIVERSITY Park Campus closed to most faculty, staff and students in March, Justin Lee ’17, MSW ’20 headed home to Oregon with his younger brother. Only three days later, he unexpectedly turned around and drove back to Los Angeles.
The National Guardsman’s unit had just been activated.
Lt. Lee reported to a tactical operations center in Palm Springs, where he oversees platoons on humanitarian missions throughout the region. As of June, he had helped distribute more than 15 million meals to Californians in need.
Before COVID-19, service organizations in the community were primarily staffed by volunteers. But those volunteers needed to stay home during the pandemic, Lee explained. “We were called in to help, and the need has grown many times over.”
Research associate creates face shields on University of Kansas Medical Center printer
Christopher Neal wanted to help health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, so he joined a regional “maker army” creating protective face shields for medical personnel. Face shields have been the No. 1 item to for area hobbyists to make because of their relatively simple design. Groups from high schools, neighborhoods and even universities (such as the University of Kansas Center for Design Research and the Spencer Museum of Art) are filling orders normal manufacturers cannot right now.
Neal, Ph.D., is a research associate for the Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (KIDDRC) at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and he leveraged his own skills as a scientist and a sculptor and joined the group PPE for KC-Kansas City Metro. With the KIDDRC leadership’s blessing, Neal has been using the KIDDRC’s 3D printer to produce these sought-after pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE). They are using Facebook to connect face shield makers with facilities that need them.
One study reported a 96% reduction in inhalation exposure at distances where subjects were 18 inches apart and a 92% decrease when they were 6 feet apart.
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Steps we can all take to curb the spread of disease
Wear A Mask
Wear a hygienic mask in public and follow recommended and mandated protocols as they change.
Wash with soap for at least 20 seconds throughout the day and after leaving public spaces.
Stay 6 feet apart from those outside of your immediate household as symptoms may be undetectable.
Busy public locations can facilitate the spread of disease, so best to avoid or visit during non-peak hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, this novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness.
As stated by the CDC, COVID-19spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Avoid being exposed by staying home as much as possible, keeping a mask on in public places, washing hands frequently, and practicing social distancing. Follow the news and updates from your local government and municipality for new recommendations and best practices.
According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, chills and loss of taste or smell. The CDC has also noted that a signficant number of COVID-19-positive patients exhibit no symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
About Our Consortium
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the White House, leading research groups and technology companies have prepared a dataset that includes thousands of articles about COVID-19, and related viruses. The dataset is updated continuously as new research is published in peer-reviewed publications and archival services like bioRxiv, medRxiv, among others.
Conventional literature searching techniques are both time-consuming and error-prone. Streamlyne applies its natural language processing and other AI and machine learning techniques to provide the tools for the research community’s ongoing fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Streamlyne’s machine learning platform lets researchers easily tap into this resource to aid in their own research and collaborate with other researchers.
We hope the tool will speed up your efforts in searching for answers.
– The COVID-19 Priority Consortium Team