Inspiration

The entire global dynamic has shifted because of COVID-19. There have been nearly 20 million confirmed COVID cases since the first outbreak; of those, over 12 million have recovered. I was inspired to help recovering COVID patients because my English teacher is currently in recovery, and a lot that she's been struggling with has to do with her mental health. I hope to ease this burden for current and future COVID patients through Coping with COVID.

What it does

Coping with COVID is an online website and repository of mental and respiratory health exercises. These include medically-acclaimed breathing exercises, mindful journaling prompts, weekly lifestyle quizzes, and a platform for community advice and therapy. It provides a safe space for recovering COVID patients to access resources and voice their thoughts.

How I built it

I built this website using the Wix website builder and editor. In order to code the animations for the breathing exercises, I used block coding, in Scratch.

Challenges I ran into

The main challenge that I ran into was getting the dynamic journaling page to work; since I was planning to set up a new prompt every day, I had to figure out how to automate that process so each day you log in, a new journal prompt is already waiting for you. There weren't many internet resources covering the topic, but through a pretty intense series of trial-and-error, I managed to figure it out.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I'm proud of creating my first website! I haven't ever built a website before, so this was a big step for me to take. Hopefully next I can learn a coding language or two ;)

What I learned

Computer science-wise, I learned a lot about setting up websites, from rich text editors to dynamic databases and everything in between. But I'm also glad that I had the opportunity to learn about different respiratory therapy techniques and mental health exercises.

What's next for Coping with COVID

I am planning to launch some social media accounts, namely on Facebook and Instagram, to develop a platform and connect with the individuals that require my services the most. If Coping with COVID ever gets big, I might host some virtual breathing events or mindfulness lectures for the community, so they have more resources and know that they aren't facing this alone.

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