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RIT graduate puts project together to help COVID patients after the death of her grandfather

Raven Brown
Updated: May 16, 2021 06:34 PM
Created: May 16, 2021 05:48 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A recent RIT graduate is hoping her capstone project makes waves in the world of technology to help isolated COVID-19 patients. 

“It’s based on COVID patients and how their challenges are, going through isolation,” Monika Verma says.. 

Verma is turning her loss into a chance to help others. 

“It all started by my own family problems in June, my grandfather passed away because my whole family got COVID and they all could not get testing at the moment and it'd been four days and my grandfather passed away, which was very shocking because he was the healthiest in the family,” she says. 

She’s a graduating RIT human-computer interaction master's student. '

After the death of her grandfather and her family contracting COVID-19 in India, she knew she wanted to make sure others wouldn't go through the same thing.

“[I] realized that he always used to say, 'always help peop,le even though you cannot, even though you don't feel like it,'” Verma says. 

She interviewed covid patients from the US, Bulgaria, India, and Brazil for her data, to see if technology is helping them where they are from.

“Basically [it's] how to provide communication when you are in isolation for COVID patients, so this is the basis of my project,” Verma said. 

She says her findings found challenges that were related to work, personal life and living conditions in isolation, fear of losing someone, or not being able to find the right info on their symptoms.

“Not many people take it positively, not many people take it in a radical way, they all get if you are close to your family or people who you live with you should always feel like you should be with them when they are sick,” Verma says.

She hopes her research will point to the creation of an app or product to help those get through future pandemics. 

“We can create a product for the covid patients where you know you can measure all of your readings and you can directly send it to a doctor,” she says. 

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