In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, different entities around the world are trying to minimize the amount of time it takes to get critical information. One promising endeavor is the COVID-19 Evidence Accelerator.
There is a distinct difference between public health and health care. The former is about caring for the population at large—implementing preventative measures and dealing with widespread issues as they arise.
TREND uses social media conversations to understand the impacts of rare disease on communities. We can use these same techniques to understand the impact of COVID-19 on people and we can do so without asking them to do anything more than they are already doing.
Like most businesses around the world, TREND has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. We are posting this open letter as a way to let everyone know where we stand today, and where we plan to go in the future.