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Johns Hopkins Engineering’s COVID-19 Response

Tracking the Spread of COVID-19

The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has built and is regularly updating an online dashboard for tracking the worldwide spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Whiting School of Engineering is a world leader in engineering research and education. Hopkins engineers have responded to the global COVID-19 crisis by working tirelessly to devise solutions to challenges ranging from tracking the spread of the disease to engineering solutions that address equipment, resource, and testing shortages.

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Sign posted on store window that says "Due to the coronavirus, we will be closed until further notice. Thank you."Individuals Practiced Physical Distancing Before State Directives Made It Mandatory, Study Shows

Residents in all 25 of the U.S. counties hardest hit by COVID-19 began to limit their public movements in the days before states implemented stay-at-home orders, according the Johns Hopkins team of researchers that created the world-famous online coronavirus tracking map.


Making A Better Mask

A cross-divisional Hopkins team is working to design and test plans for a mass-producible reusable respirator mask to support the dwindling supply of N95s.






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Radiologists use deep learning to find signs of COVID-19 in chest X-rays

Johns Hopkins researchers have found that a deep learning algorithm to detect tuberculosis in chest X-rays could be useful for identifying lung abnormalities related to COVID-19.





Rajat Mittal

Researchers Outside Medicine Have a New Focus: COVID-19

Rajat Mittal, professor of mechanical engineering, spent a decade exploring how our larynxes generate sound and the physics behind blood flow. Now the fluid dynamics expert is wholly absorbed in a new scientific quest: to understand how droplets of moisture spread the new coronavirus from person to person.







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International effort delivers N95 masks, face shields for Johns Hopkins health system

A network of JHU faculty, students, and parents coordinated a shipment of 10,000 face shields and N95 masks from China to Baltimore to help health care workers respond to COVID-19.








LabelsJohns Hopkins students develop campaign to combat coronavirus-related racism

A team of Johns Hopkins undergraduates is confronting the rising trend of coronavirus-related discrimination through a marketing campaign they developed to combat racism on campus and beyond. Their project was developed as part of the Advertising/Integrated Marketing Communications class, offered through the Center for Leadership Education.


Drew Grant works with the Elmarco machineHopkins helps local business make N95-style filters around the clock

DiPole Materials, co-founded by Johns Hopkins Professor James West, recruits students and alums to operate a specialized machine that produces enough material to make 2,000 filters a day.




MapWith Covaid, neighbors support neighbors during the pandemic

Johns Hopkins senior Debanik Purkayastha and a team of university students work to build volunteer networks online. The Covaid app aims to match vulnerable residents with neighbors willing and able to help.




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The ill winds of COVID-19

A group of Johns Hopkins mechanical engineers believe fluid dynamics can tell us a great deal about the COVID-19 pandemic—and how people can protect themselves when the country reopens





Screenshot of "COVID Control" app developed by Johns Hopkins researchers. Users—who will be participants in a study—are asked to enter their current temperature and select whether they have experienced fever, cough, breathing difficulties, or a new loss of taste and/or smell in the last 24 hours.Johns Hopkins team launches temperature-tracking study and app to map and monitor potential COVID-19 cases

A team of engineers, epidemiologists, and physicians from Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and School of Medicine have launched a new smartphone app that analyzes users’ body temperatures in a study to predict geographical areas at risk for outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, giving public health experts and government officials critical information to inform decisions on mitigation, resource allocation, and deconfinement.






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First-year engineering student Rishibrata Biswas works on a design from home

For engineering students, classes are an at-home design challenge

Teaching engineering design during COVID-19 is tricky—but Johns Hopkins engineering professors are retooling projects to give students hands-on design experiences at home.






New outbreak model better predicts COVID-19

A team led by computer scientist and cybersecurity expert Anton Dahbura is developing a new model that more accurately understands and predicts the spread of diseases such as COVID-19 in both large and small communities.




Pumpless ventilator developed by Johns Hopkins engineers

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Hopkins engineers develop a promising new ventilator

A team of Johns Hopkins engineers has developed a prototype for a pumpless ventilator that can run for 24 hours on a single 12-volt battery. Designed to operate on pressurized air and oxygen lines already available in hospitals or from simple pressurized air and gas sources in the field, the device has fewer moving parts than traditional ventilators and can be manufactured quickly and relatively inexpensively—factors especially crucial during the current COVID-19 pandemic.




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How social distancing affects air quality and the environment

Peter DeCarlo, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and an expert on atmospheric air pollution, discusses whether reduced human movement and industrial activity during the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact.



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Johns Hopkins hackathon targets coronavirus

The Wall Street Journal covers the low-sleep, high-octane five day session organized by the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design that attracted participants world-wide to team up online and suggest solutions to problems related to COVID-19, such as the equipment shortage for health providers or a better ways of tracking the spread.






Russ Taylor

Meet humanity’s new ally in the coronavirus fight: Robots

Robots are already used in hospitals to disinfect corridors with ultraviolet light to eliminate traces of the novel coronavirus. They help nurses manage routine tasks so they can spend more time with sick patients. Russ Taylor, John C. Malone Professor in the Department of Computer Science, tells the Los Angeles Times that medical robots could also be useful in intensive care units where risk of contamination is a major worry.



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Crystal Watson, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, discusses what the nation needs to do to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic safely and begin transitioning back to normalcy.



BaseballCoronavirus delivers a double whammy to minor league baseball schedule makers

Members of the Johns Hopkins Minor League Scheduling Research Team are trying to create a new batch of pandemic-shortened 2020 schedules for eight Triple A, Double A, Single A, and Rookie leagues. Tony Dahbura, who oversees the scheduling team and is executive director of the university’s Information Security Institute, is working to figure it out.


CellsModeling NPI interventions for COVID-19 at the state and county level

Mathias Unberath, assistant research professor in the Department of Computer Science, analyzed data using the MRC Centre’s Infectious Disease Model and found that, compared with European countries, most U.S. states are in an earlier stage of community spread of the virus, and some are showing the effects of non-pharmaceutical intervention more than others.


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Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Coronavirus is having a major impact on the environment, with reduced CO2, better air quality, and animals roaming city streets

Peter DeCarlo, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, tells Newsweek that scientists have been witnessing a big difference in air quality as a result of strict quarantine measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.







Macromoltek deploys computational design platform to enable Cytovia Therapeutics drug development for COVID-19

Macromoltek, Inc., a Texas-based biopharmaceutical research firm helmed by JHU alumna Monica Berrondo (PhD ’10), announced its computational de novo design capability to speed up the development of human monoclonal antibodies for the potential treatment of COVID-19.

The company also recently announced a partnership with Cytovia Therapeutics that aims to quicken the COVID-19 drug design phase through the use of its proprietary machine learning and AI-driven computational design platform. Berrondo says time is of the essence in the fight against this pandemic, and the platform’s approach to antibody design will help fast track potential treatments for the virus.

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Social media fuels spread of COVID-19 information—and misinformation

Mark Dredze, an associate professor of computer science and a member of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, has launched the website Social Media for Public Health, which aims to combat misinformation, support messaging from public health organizations, and track information about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



Hopkins Engineer holds up a ventilator splitter prototypeJohns Hopkins engineers develop 3D-printed ventilator splitters

In response to a pressing need for more ventilators to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, a team led by Hopkins engineers is developing and prototyping a 3D-printed splitter that promises to allow a single ventilator to treat multiple patients.



CBID virtual hackathon to solve challenges presented by COVID-19Thinking fast in a time of crisis

A virtual challenge brought more than 2,000 people across the world together to come up with solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.





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Johns Hopkins researchers look to Twitter to evaluate social distancing measures

By comparing Twitter data from before and after the COVID-19 outbreak, Hopkins researchers found a profound impact on the movement of Americans—indicating social distancing recommendations are having an effect.





Lauren GardnerBehind the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard

Ensheng Dong, a graduate student of civil and systems engineering with a focus on disease epidemiology, began tracking the spread of the virus in December. On January 22, he and his thesis advisor, Lauren Gardner, co-director of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Hopkins, released an online “dashboard” documenting its spread.

That dashboard, like its subject, quickly went viral. It has become a familiar feature on news sites and on TV the world over, tracking the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, deaths, and recoveries globally.



Visit the Johns Hopkins Medicine Coronavirus Information page for more on the Johns Hopkins response to COVID-19 and ways you can help.

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