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The Uncut Team : A group of school students are running a nationwide database of verified COVID resources

School students have come up with their own way of fighting the second wave. They have grouped to form The Uncut Team which is running a nationwide database of verified COVID resources alongside running a 24/7 Instagram helpline.

We are currently witnessing a humanitarian crisis in India of a magnitude never seen before. The past few weeks had been tormenting for everyone as we experienced our medical infrastructure crumbling under the pressure of the global pandemic. However, the situation is improving. All sections of society have come together to pool resources to the best of their abilities. Some teenage school students took it upon themselves to connect covid patients to life-saving medical resources before it is too late in these trying times. These school students prepared a website for their initiative “The Uncut Team’. This website has a nationwide database of 24/7 updated and verified COVID relief resources like oxygen cylinders, plasma, ambulance services, doctors, beds, blood banks, mental health counsellors, medicines and  meal services.

The Uncut Team - Website

Tia and Suhani, class 12 students of DPS, Vasant Kunj  originally founded “The Uncut Team” to promote the culture of parliamentary debates. However, recently they switched their efforts towards solely providing information around COVID resources. The idea was very spontaneous. An outsourced database prepared by them saved the life of a COVID Positive friend in dire need of an ICU bed. It made them realize that they were not merely putting out information but had the potential to save lives! Since then, there has been no looking back for the team. It has grown from 55 core members in the beginning to 155 members now. Around 100 volunteers from around the country have stepped in to help the situation. These students coordinate among themselves through WhatsApp groups and meticulously keep a tab over the resources.

Besides this, they have launched an Instagram helpline to connect COVID patients with verified medical resources. However, it has not been an easy road for these young enthusiasts as they have been juggling the work along with online classes and board exam preparations. “The volunteers work from 10 am to 8 pm, while the core members work in shifts barely managing 5 hours of sleep,” Sana, a member of the team said. The paucity of the available resources many times leaves them heartbroken as they are unable to provide for all those who reach out for help. At this time, they remind themselves that they did the best they could. Since they are constantly in touch with the traumatic news, they do get overwhelmed sometimes. “In such moments, family is my go-to support system,” Sana adds

The Uncut Team
Some of the response the team receives over messages

What motivates them to work ceaselessly every day, is the love they receive from the people. Knowing that their efforts are not going in vain. Sana narrates one incident when there was a hospital bed required in the Delhi NCR region at 12 in the night. The oxygen levels had dropped to 83 and there were no beds available. “Our team tried to find beds but to no avail. We then managed to get a home ICU setup. But as soon as we managed it, the patient refused the offer. We were back to square one. We kept on searching for leads and after two hours of frantic calls and texts, finally managed to find a lead. We sent it to the person but there were no further updates.” She recalls. “The next morning we received an update stating that they found the bed at night thanks to us, and they were grateful. This moved us!”. She says,  One could feel happiness in her voice  when she tells us this story. “ I felt so lucky that I could be of use to the people in times like these. When we realize what we do is helping save lives, we don’t feel tired. In fact, we are pumped with more enthusiasm to continue doing it”.

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