What can we do to help out our brave front liners while staying at home? Folding@Home has the answer.

Saja #dudukdirumah? Feeling the dissatisfaction of not being productive while at home?

What if we told you that aside from sitting at home, you can actually lend a helping hand to fight against coronavirus? What if just by following your regular schedule, you can contribute to research efforts to find a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus? Folding@Home has the answer.

How does it work?

A brief breakdown: Folding@Home is a distributed computing project where you can donate unused computer resources to aid research efforts. In short, they run simulations of protein structures to find out how they move in relation to one another. This is important because protein plays a significant role in our every day life. It determines the shape of our hair, sense of smell, to feeling the wind on your skin.

Viruses also have these protein that they take advantage of to suppress our immune system and to replicate themselves. As such, it is important to run as many simulations as possible so that we can accelerate the search for a vaccine for the virus.

Think of it this way, theoretically, the more lottery tickets you buy, the more chances you have of winning, right?

Some of the diseases that are already being researched include Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, cancer, and Alzheimers. If you would like to contribute to researching a particular disease, you should change your settings to those specifically. However, if you’d like to focus your efforts on finding a vaccine for COVID-19, you should leave the settings on “any diseases’”.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Now, you can be a hero in your own home too!

How do I be a part of this?

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The steps are simple:

  1. Download and install the Folding@Home program by clicking here.
  2. Register yourself.
  3. Join The Rift’s team by keying in The Rift’s team ID: 250803
  4. Open the program and let it run while you work or play.

What do I get?

For those who are helping us fight against coronavirus, not only will you be helping us beat COVID-19 while staying at home, The Rift is also giving out a little incentive to the top 3 folders! The top 3 folders will each receive The Rift’s Exit Reality 4 tickets for them to enjoy new VR experiences in the park!

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