Only 51% of low income Americans have access to the Internet, while 71% of them do have access to a basic phone with texting capabilities. Our goal is to alleviate the burdens of those disproportionately affected by the pandemic by disseminating information that keeps them informed so that they can make educated decisions. covidsms decreases the gaps in technology literacy by simplifying information to text form, making it more accessible.
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Data retrieved from The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering and the LA County Department of Public Health.
Data retrieved from GoodRx.
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What is covidsms?
covidsms was created by a group of Stanford and Johns Hopkins Computer Science and Public Health students who identified a need for streamlined local communication as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The platform provides a simple and accessible method for community members to stay updated with local COVID-19 information and for city officials to share updates, ask questions, and collect community feedback.