Some of these requests for help are almost desperate

https://epcced.github.io/ramp/

> RAPID ASSISTANCE IN MODELLING THE PANDEMIC: RAMP

>This is a nationwide call for rapid assistance in modelling the pandemic (RAMP), addressed to specialists in any or all of the above areas, and indeed to the scientific modelling community more widely. **Possible assistance could include advice on importing modelling elements from other research domains** ; undertaking the software engineering needed to port vastly enlarged datasets into existing pandemic models; data analytics to create predictive empirical models from real-world data; offering new perspectives on existing modelling strategies; and adding to human and computing resources more generally. Another role could be to review and filter the numerous COVID-relating modelling efforts from scientists in other fields that are already starting to appear online, feeding through to SPI-M and/or other bodies, contributions that might have substantial impact on planning.

> This call for assistance is addressed to the wider modelling community (including data analytics) in academia and industry. Our initial focus is on the UK community but this is an international emergency and we welcome contributions from non-UK based scientists, while realizing that they might wish to prioritize any similar initiative in their own countries.

The bolded part is the important part, in so far as applying concepts from other disciplines as [I commented elsewhere](https://forum.azimuthproject.org/discussion/comment/22013/#Comment_22013).