Status

Project Status and Timelines

What are the Timelines?

  • Volunteer sampling application ready: goal is the week of April 6.
  • Volunteer sampling occurring: we hope to have tens of thousands of volunteer samples within a few days of the app being ready.
  • Multiple machine learning teams up and running and making progress: the week of March 29.
  • Feasibility checkpoint: in April, we will know whether we are on the right track.
  • Earliest possible results: depends on how many machine learning teams participate and a number of risks.

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APRIL 8 (DAY 23)
We now have 8 machine learning teams in multiple countries stating they will participate, and others currently considering it. We feel confident that once data arrives, we will cross 20+ teams. See the contributors page for a list. Still going through mobile app approval processes while we have iterated on one of the apps to improve it.
APRIL 2 (DAY 17)
The programming of the collection app is complete and the website has been greatly updated on many pages. We are awaiting submission approval while we continue to tweak the details of how volunteers collect the audio (like how they hold the phones and where). The number of people involved continues to grow.
MARCH 25 (DAY 9)
We are reaching a critical juncture in testing a particular method of getting lung sounds. One experiment we did revealed extremely promising results, but another experiment is showing very poor results at the moment and is being repeated to understand why. This is where we anticipate the probability of success going way up or way down.
MARCH 22 (DAY 6)
We now have some support from the medical community to optimize the collection of essential diagnosis data. At the same time, we are reaching out to COVID-19 patients who may provide positive test samples to refine our research. With each day that passes, we are receiving information that is making us feel more confident about the likelihood of success. Still far from certain, but too great to ignore given the massive and fast impact it could have globally.

MARCH 21 (DAY 5)

We are now making positive headway within the medical community to assist with optimizing the collection from a medical standpoint, as well as exploring ways to get known COVID-19 patients to provide positive test samples to help us. With each day that passes, we are receiving information that is making us feel more confident about the likelihood of success. Still far from certain, but too great to ignore given the massive and fast impact it could have globally.

MARCH 19 (DAY 3)

Today, we have several people working on the collection application, and it’s full steam ahead. We now have a mock-up of the collection mechanism and a new methodology plan to have machine learning teams collaborating rapidly, without duplicating efforts. We are hoping for 10 machine learning teams to participate, but we are planning an architecture that can handle up to 40 teams participating.

MARCH 18 (DAY 2)

Additional donors allowed the project to keep rolling. Western Economic Diversification took the first government support step. We are hopeful of receiving more funding that we’ll need next week; we are waiting for no one and waiting for nothing to launch the project

MARCH 17 (DAY 1)

The Caredemic project began rolling on March 17; several initial contributors made it possible to take our first steps. A day later, we have 10 people working on it, an outline of the phase 1 requirements, and key contacts to help spread the word about the project. #COVID19