Aim

Develop a solution to mitigate the psychological damages induced by the quarantine and the Covid-19 in general.

Problems

a. Social isolation.
b. Stress/Anxiety.
c. Panic => Careless behaviors, Aggressivity, Impression to suffocate (worsened in case of Covid or other diseases affecting the respiratory tract), useless crowding of hospitals.
d. Absence of a treatment and proper understanding of the virus => Fear of the unknown
e. Stress for a prolonged period of time has been scientifically shown to lower the immune defenses (Gruzelier et al., 2001, 2002), which is the only tool toward recovery.
f. Post-traumatic stress and other nefarious psychological effects do arise on a significant part of the population quarantined after prolonged exposure (Brooks et al., 2020).

OpenSynaps

OpenSynaps team worked on an app using different techniques from psychology (operant conditioning, autohypnosis, art & sonotherapy, subliminal conditioning, breathing techniques) in combination. More info on our website: OpenSynaps.com Its main goal is to be extremely simple to use, available on mobile platforms (aka: smartphones) and provide some relief to its users. It teaches them how to create an operant reflex that they can consciously and quickly activate in order to calm down, thus reducing anxiety and stress, and potentially defusing the onset of self-induced panic.

Team

Charly Hayoz, Matteo Mancuso, Patrick Sgrò already prepared the app, as an adaptation of a commercial app that they were developing (OpenSynaps Mental). The OpenSynaps Immun app, was developed to help deal with the actual crisis and is available on both the Play Store and App Store. It will be available to whoever whishes to use it, for free for as long as the quarantine will last (at least in Switzerland)

Needs

  1. Give the app visibility, so that as many people as possible can benefit from it.
    a. Marketing
    b. Advertising strategy
    c. Translations, voices to record in other languages and expansion to other countries/markets
  2. Testing / Validations
  3. Others / Suggestions ?

Bibliography

Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet, 395(10227), 912–920. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30460-8

Gruzelier, J., Champion, A., Fox, P., Rollin, M., McCormack, S., Catalan, P., Barton, S., & Henderson, D. (2002). Individual differences in personality, immunology and mood in patients undergoing self-hypnosis training for the successful treatment of a chronic viral illness, HSV-2. Contemporary Hypnosis, 19(4), 149–166. https://doi.org/10.1002/ch.253

Gruzelier, J., Levy, J., Williams, J., & Henderson, D. (2001). Self-hypnosis and exam stress: Comparing immune and relaxation-related imagery for influences on immunity, health and mood. Contemporary Hypnosis, 18(2), 73–86. https://doi.org/10.1002/ch.221

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