There are a number of collaborative, crowd sourced research initiatives underway internationally.
CovidSurg is a collaborative by the Globalsurg group to gather data to help understand the outcomes of COVID-19 infected patients who undergo surgery. Some Irish centres are already enrolling in the collaborative and there are local ethical requirements that must be observed even in the current context.
The group have already hosted webinars and published the first few reports in major journals.
For more, visit the website https://globalsurg.org/covidsurg/
PanSurg is a similar initiative providing a global hub for surgeons and related professionals to share experiences, policy, data and research for the delivery of safe, effective surgery during the pandemic. Several research projects are under way.