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STAWAY COVID App – Mobile application to track COVID-19 contagion

STAYAWAY COVID is a system that, thanks to the voluntary participation of the population, will support the country in the screening of COVID-19. The mobile application will be available for iOS and Android (free).

The STAYAWAY COVID app can be installed on mobile phones and used to detect the physical proximity between smartphones, in order to inform users who have been in the same space as someone infected with the new coronavirus over the previous 14 days. Thanks to this information, users can promptly request a diagnosis for the infection, even before the occurrence of any symptoms.

When a user is diagnosed with COVID-19, and after his/her permission, the codes he/she has broadcast over the previous 14 days will be publicly shared via an official server. This way, the application helps others by alerting and notifying them about their contact with someone infected with the virus. This process takes places without ever revealing the identity of the users involved.

In this sense, and thanks to STAYAWAY COVID, each citizen is informed, in a simple and totally safe way, about the possibility of contagion, taking into account the monitoring of previous contacts. If everyone uses the application, it will be a valuable and decisive ally to curb the progression of COVID-19, especially since there is no vaccine to treat this disease.

An INCoDe.2030 initiative supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology.


  • Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP);
  • Keyruptive;
  • Ubirider.


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Observador | Everything we already know about the Portuguese app that tracks contacts
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PNEUMA ventilator

PNEUMA – emergency ventilator

PNEUMA is an add-on device that automates the self-inflating bag, thus presenting itself as a last resort solution to ventilate patients having difficulty breathing. This field ventilator includes and enhances the main benefits of the self-inflating bag, recognised by healthcare professionals. The device is used regularly in the clinical context, but is now being adapted to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Considering the scarcity of ventilators in the actual context, INESC TEC and several other partners have been working on PNEUMA, a prototype for a low-cost and easy to assemble field ventilator, which aims to address the following demands:

  • Temporary support in second and third-line hospitals:

Patients awaiting transfer to central hospitals, including patients without COVID-19.

  • Scenario of moderate shortage of ventilators:

Alternative to transient invasive ventilation in patients with acute respiratory failure requiring volume and respiratory rate control;

Availability of ventilators for cases that require the fine monitoring of parameters - pressure exerted, inspiratory/expiratory ratio (I:E), etc.;

  • Scenario of critical shortage of ventilators:

Possible alternative in the event of the complete absence of ventilators.

The team responsible for the development of this ventilator are working pro bono. The results will be available as open source, in order to enable the local production of this alternative ventilator in any country.



INESC TEC - with the support by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP)

IEP – Instituto Electrotécnico Português; INEGI – Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

In liaison with ARS Norte

Information reporting to INFARMED.

Support to validation and usability testsFMUP/CHUSJ and ICBAS/CHUP – Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto/University Hospital Centre of São João and Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences/Porto Hospital Centre

Advisors, other support and individual participants

In-kind and institutional support
AIMMAP – Associação dos Industriais Metalúrgicos, Metalomecânicos e Afins de Portugal


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RTP | Faculdade de Engenharia do Porto desenvolveu ventilador de emergência
Exame Informática | Pneuma: Universidade do Porto prepara produção de ventilador de baixo custo
Sábado | Covid-19: Especialistas do Porto desenvolvem ventilador para apoiar hospitais portugueses
Público | Ventiladores made in Portugal em contra-relógio no combate à covid-19
BIP INESC TEC Magazine |
INESC TEC desenvolve ventilador de pandemia para apoiar hospitais portugueses

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Diaries of a Pandemic

Diaries of a Pandemic

The study “Diaries of a pandemic” invites citizens to answer a set of question on a daily basis, which will help understanding the evolution in the lives of Portuguese people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main objective of this study (launched on March 23) is to understand the dynamics of citizens’ adaptation to the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal. Citizens are invited to answer a small set of questions on a daily basis (it should take 5 to 10 minutes). The questions are available online, and they aim to measure people’s social interactions and the frequency they resort to healthcare and commercial services – as well as the presence of symptoms and confirmed cases – during the course of the COVID-19 epidemic in Portugal.

In addition to the responses to the questionnaires, the only information requested is an email address, for the purposes of registering and receiving daily reminders. After signing up, each user will receive a daily reminder notifying them to answer the same set of questions, always concerning the previous 24 hours. Once a week, each participant will also be asked to answer a set of questions about their well-being in the context of the current epidemic.




Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP)


INESC TEC e newspaper Público



PÚBLICO | ISPUP, INESC TEC e PÚBLICO lançam "Diários de uma Pandemia"

Expresso Online | Instituto da UPorto lança 'diários' para compreender adaptação ao surto

TSF Online | Inquérito indica que se fazem 6 novos testes diários por cada mil pessoas

Observador | Estudo do ISPUP revela que um terço dos inquiridos sente frustração por não cumprir rotinas

Visão Online | Covid-19: Um terço dos inquiridos sente frustração por não cumprir rotinas – estudo ISPUP

RTP - Bom dia Portugal| Comentário de Felisbela Lopes






“Measuring the Iceberg” study

“Measuring the Iceberg” study

An international team of researchers, including the Portuguese Carlos Baquero (INESC TEC/Uminho) and Raquel Menezes (Uminho), developed an open social media survey in order to estimate the number of confirmed cases with COVID-19 symptoms and monitor their evolution in eleven countries.

In this study, called “Measuring the Iceberg”, anyone can access the “Measuring the Iceberg) survey (available here) and the participants only have to answer two questions: how many people do you know in your geographic area andhow many of them have symptoms associated with COVID-19 (or have been diagnosed with the disease)?

The data are then treated and processed to eliminate outliers, through statistical techniques. Finally, they are compared with other estimates, which infer the number of cases according to the evolution of mortality rates reported by official channels, and their relationship with the mortality rate among the cases reported in Wuhan (about 1.4%), in order to validate their accuracy. The key advantages of this method are simplicity, proximity to real cases and anonymity.


Coordinator: IMDEA Networks, Madrid, Spain

Portuguese entities: Universidade do Minho e INESC TEC

Other entities: University of Washington, USA; U. Kaiserslautern, Germany; University of Trento, Italy; QMUL, UK; Inria Rennes, France; TU Darmstadt, Germany; Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece; U. Cyprus, Cyprus; USC, USA; Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine; EvoLogics, Germany; UC3M, Spain; MIT, USA; Algolysis Ltd, Cyprus; U. Edinburgh, UK; Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan; U. Concepción, Chile; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.



Público Online | Covid-19: Equipa de 11 países (Portugal incluído) lança questionário para saber quem tem sintomas

Renascença Online | "Covidografia" ou "Medir o icebergue". Sucedem-se as plataformas que "fazem contas" à Covid

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Protective visors

Protective visors

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, several INESC TEC researchers are involved in the production of visors, which are currently being distributed among to the São João, Santo António, Gaia-Espinho and Pedro Hispano hospitals, as well as healthcare units in the Northern region. These visors are 3D printed and they are crucial to protect the healthcare professionals who are fighting against this pandemic.

INESC TEC contributed to the optimisation of the 3D models, as well as to the printing and logistics processes. Anticipating the dissemination of this initiative, INESC TEC developed an information and decision-support system for planning the production and distribution of printed products, such as visor supports and swabs.



Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (INEGI), Faculty of Engineering of the University do Porto (FEUP) and Porto School of Engineering (ISEP)

INESC TEC, students and several companies



P3 | A Academia do Porto está a combater a covid-19 com impressoras 3D (e não só)

Notícias ao Minuto | U.Porto e Politécnico criam viseiras para profissionais de saúde

S+ |  Covid-19: U.Porto e Instituto Politécnico criam viseiras para profissionais de saúde da região

INEGI | Já foram doadas mais de 5 mil viseiras de proteção individual impressas em 3D com ajuda do INEGI

U.Porto |  U.Porto mobiliza comunidade para a produção de viseiras de proteção