India has a population of 1.4 billion people, so finding oxygen supplies to cope with the recent COVID-19 surge has been difficult, to say the least. Despite hospitals and officials working hard to find resources, the pandemic requires people from local communities to help out! In come the teens of India, who are wrapping up their homework and putting their cellphones to good use. These quick-thinking young people are coordinating oxygen supplies, tracking requests for help, and creating databases of which hospitals have open spots.
One such teen, sixteen-year-old Mahi Saraf, heard about a teacher at her school in the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon, who was ill with COVID-19 and struggling to get blood because blood banks ran out fast. With the help of Google Sheets and a network of friends, she tracked, recorded, and monitored a supply of blood across different parts of the city and finally found enough to help the teacher get treated. As doctors struggle to transport patients and find spots in hospitals for the gravely ill, community networks like this are keeping the country going amidst the worst COVID-19 surge of 2021.