How to Help the Fight Against COVID-19 from Home

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Think you need to be a virologist to help in the fight again COVID-19? Think again! All you need is a laptop or PC.

Folding@home is a project focused on disease research. The problems they are solving require many computer calculations and they don’t have the computing capacity to be able to run them. The Folding@home software allows you to be a disease fighter and share your unused computer power to help find potential cures.

For two decades Folding@home has tackled diseases including Alzheimers and Ebola. The pandemic has bumped COVID-19 to the top of its list.

What is Folding?

Folding refers to the way human protein folds in the cells that make up your body.

What will your laptop/PC actually do?

Each volunteer will create a short movie about the jiggling atoms that form parts of COVID-19. Having thousands of minimovies helps Folding@home researchers then understand a virus’ overall behaviour.

How do I learn more/signup?

If you want to get involved in this project or find out more, you can visit their website www.foldingathome.org.

Happy folding!


About the Author

Gemma Elsbury

IT Manager


In 2016, Gemma joined Optima’s network team. Her main priority is to provide support to our clients and internal staff. Gemma also takes care of the day to day running of the networking team, making sure all issues are solved within SLA’s and clients are happy with the support we provide. More about Gemma.


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