Looking for alien life and folding proteins was a thing long before crypto mining with your computing power became a thing. And while the SETI@HOME project has announced that it will stop distributing work and will go into hibernation at the end of March, the Folding@Home project announced their plans to dedicate their efforts in helping the fight against the coronavirus COVID-19. And so can you do by moving your CPU and GPU mining rigs from mining crypto currencies to folding proteins in order to better understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can be targeted with small molecule and antibody therapeutics. With the current crypto market situation and hardly any profitability in mining, caused by the coronavirus panic nevertheless, doing something for the common good might not be a bad idea, right?
What you need to do is just download, install and run the Folding@Home client software for your operating system, it is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux. Then just run the software and select “Any disease” in the “I support research fighting” drop-down box and you are good to go to start helping the coronavirus efforts. If you want to be anonymous user you do not need to register a personality, you are donating your computing power anonymously, or you can register and even join a team. There are actually some crypto projects that allow you to even earn crypto while doing work for Folding@Home, but this is not the focus at the moment, just so you know it is also a possibility.
If you are using the dedicated mining operating HiveOS you can also relatively easy switch your CPU/GPU mining rigs to using Folding@Home instead of crypto mining. There is a detailed tutorial available here that guides you through the steps required to switch to Folding@Home without having to switch the operating system of the rig you are using for mining.