As the outbreak of the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, people want to help. But how?


Austinite Ron Lynch had a simple idea: He wanted to make it easy for Americans to connect with people in need, in their own cities, right now. So on Saturday he created a Facebook group called Intellihelp that allows members to quickly and easily respond to neighbors who post that they are in need of general items such as food or transportation as a result of the coronavirus and its impact on daily life.


"If you’re stuck at home and need help, if you are out of work and short of food, if you have a child or pet that needs supplies, we are here to help," Lynch posted to the group.


The group, which was formed on Saturday evening, already has more than 4,000 members.


Here’s how it works. First, a person in need posts the word "HELP," their general location and a summarized request of what they need to the group. Then, someone in their area responds with "GOT THIS" and sends a private message to that person to coordinate the delivery of whatever it is they need.


"Our aim is to help anyone who needs help," Lynch posted to the group. "It will give us all a simple mission when required. If you see a location where there is no member but you know someone, do the right thing. Jump in and solve it. You have the power. Use it."


Learn more about the Facebook group here. Find the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak at statesman.com/coronavirus.