May 10, 2021

Covid-19 facts for children, teenagers and the elderly

Covid-19 presentation at school by Cristian
Covid-19 presentation at school by Cristian

Dear supporters,

 

We hope that you all continue to be well and safe. We also hope that most of you are already or almost vaccinated against Covid-19!

 

In this new report, we want to update you about outreach activities that we performed during these last months with your help. And once again, we would like to deeply thank you for your contributions, which are always greatly appreciated.

 

During the last months, scientists and volunteers from our non-profit association Sponsor Science (Apadrina la Ciencia; www.apadrinalaciencia.org) have been working really hard to spread knowledge about COVID-19, with a special emphasis on preventive measurements and the importance of vaccines. But also transmitting more basic science about SARS-CoV2 and the research being performed about this new virus.

 

We have focused on three groups of people which include children, young teenagers and the elderly. In the first two cases we believed that it was of paramount importance that our children and teens get the most complete and real information about Covid-19, since many of them are overexposed to social media and other sources of information where, unfortunately, fake news are so abundant these days. To this aim we imparted the conference entitled “Covid and pandemics” to several groups of students of ages between 12-15 in the school La Presentación-FESD (Villaba, Spain). No less important is to provide information and education to our elderly, the population that more severely suffered the effects of this pandemic. With this aim we participated in the Senior Program of the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) imparting a four-hour course entitled “Covid-19: a medical challenge for the XXI century”.

 

It was really interesting to observe the differences of knowledge and concerns in these different audiences. From the naïve and sane curiosity of the younger kids who had been less exposed to false information, to the more incredulous attitude of the older teenagers, with some of them even believing in conspiracy theories that circulate in the web. Hopefully, we convinced them to be more critical in these matters and only believe information that has scientific evidence, although we have to admit it that it was a hard job with some of them…

 

With the elderly it was a completely different story, being most of them very interested in how to improve measurements to prevent the spread of the virus and totally convinced of the importance of vaccination. In this sense, to communicate to this population was an easier job for us.

 

But these experiences, which were very rewarding, allowed us to verify that, despite the abundance of information in the media, there is still a profound lack of knowledge in the society about Covid19 and SARS-CoV-2. In this sense, we think that our small contribution to spread this knowledge has been greatly positive, something that it was possible thanks to your support!

 

Have a nice spring, and continue to be healthy :) 

 

Stay tune for updates on our ongoing new and exciting outreach activity!!!

Jan 19, 2021

All together to defeat COVID-19

Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"

Dear supporters,

Apadrina La Ciencia (Sponsor Science) Team hopes you and your loved ones are well and managed to start the new year with tons of positive energy and solidarity.

A lot has happened since we last contacted you! And we want to share the scientific advances reached to decrease COVID-19 with those of you who made them possible through your donations. We have not achieved the final defeat yet, but we are on the right track:

Strike 1! Reduce COVID-19 spread through early diagnose and selective confinement. Thanks to your contributions a research team was able to specifically perform hundreds of PCR tests out of the thousands run on residents and workers at nursing homes, and prevent many fatal infections. Their exceptional work has been recognized in many articles and they have even been stars in a comic strip by Peridis, a very famous Spanish cartoonist, to celebrate their prize as best “Network against COVID-19 in 2020” presented on November 19th 2020 by FEI (Foro de Empresa Innovadoras).

https://tribuna.ucm.es/news/reconocimientos-fei-2020-maria-vallet-red-ucm-de-laboratorios-covid-19

https://twitter.com/sebbm_es/status/1329702915188121600?lang=bg

Strike 2! Generate viral-related products for diagnostic kits or vaccines. Some of your donations were assigned to finance new technologies that focus on the use of plants as biofactories to obtain large amounts of viral proteins needed for antibody detection or antibody induction. Their work has been presented to the general public in a webinar about research in covid-19.

https://www.imib.es/ServletDocument?document=67792

Strike 3! More research to identify coronavirus weaknesses and turn them against the pathogen. Your economic support is enough to cover a part time salary to support the advancement of a young researcher career. We aim to complete the amount required to cover the salary for a one-year full time contract for a scientist, a total of 22,000.00 €, dedicated to learn about virology.

As you can see, we are cornering the coronavirus, but we are not done yet! Now we need your help more than ever to eliminate this undesired companion. We invite all of you to continue supporting our initiative by spreading the word all over the planet, the more the better.

We know, it is an ambitious challenge, but joining efforts, we can definitively defeat COVID-19!

Best wishes,

Apadrina la Ciencia Team

Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"
Prize as best "Network against COVID-19 in 2020"

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Jan 12, 2021

Fun science dissemination for children and adults

Dear supporters,

Hope you all had a good starting of the year.

In this first report, we wish to share with you the initial outreach activities that have been performed with your help. And to express our gratitude to you all for your donations in these difficult times, your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Since September 2020, scientists and volunteers from our non-profit association Sponsor Science (Apadrina la Ciencia; www.apadrinalaciencia.org) have been working hard to share with the society their research and knowledge about COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes it. There is no doubt that more informed citizens take better decisions and are more protected from dangerous fake news and manipulation. We are convinced that it is possible to start our educational mission with children who, in spite of having limited access to after school activities due to their socio-economic status are as curious and eager to learn as others. Therefore, we have provided our experience as virologists and teachers to communicate to 11 to 13-year-old students and their families, updated facts about this coronavirus. In collaboration with the School of Education from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid we have presented two webinars of the series “Living with virus” (one in September and one in November) that were followed by a loooong list of questions from the audience.

Christmas time was a perfect moment to share through our social networks the scientific carol performed by researchers singing some personalized lyrics about the importance of science, research and vaccination. A great communication idea from Apadrina la Ciencia staff, don´t you agree? 

You have further information on the Christmas carol initiative here (in Spanish): https://es-es.facebook.com/apadrinalaciencia/videos/856772471821194/

Christmas in Spain is also intimately linked to sharing national lottery tickets with family and friends. Apadrina la Ciencia has taken this opportunity to offer solidary lottery tickets to all the volunteers, members, supporters and collaborators. We did not win any money but we shared the illusion and spread the word about the importance of science for better lives.

Together with that, we also decided to wish everyone a happy new year and create a video with a recap of what we managed to achieve throughout 2020.

You can watch the video here (in Spanish): https://www.facebook.com/apadrinalaciencia/videos/672572616747839/

Thank you for your great support to our cause! We’ll keep you posted!

Have a nice winter/spring, and be healthy! :)

Apadrina la Ciencia Team

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