Netha Hussain is a PhD Student at the University of Gothenburg, a Medical Doctor and an active Wikimedian. Since early 2020, she has been one of the most active contributors to the COVID-19 project, where volunteers make sure that Wikipedia articles are updated, correct and filled with information. In this post, she describes how the Wikimedia movement works with the COVID 19-pandemic.
The Wikimedia community has always responded to crises happening around the world by creating and updating articles, collecting structured data and uploading media related to the crisis. Previous crises that saw prompt response from the Wikimedia community were the Arab Springin 2011, Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and global warming, just to name a few. The crisis response was made possible by the coordinated actions of thousands of Wikimedians from across the world.