Wednesday 15 April 2020

Positive Stories around the World Debasmita Das

         Positive Stories around the World
                                                                                                   -Debasmita Das   

No matter where we may live in this ever-shrinking world, almost everyone seems to be affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). As the days progress, the number of people impacted is increasing at an alarming rate with entire cities under quarantine. In these gloomy times, there is positivity and goodness all around that would light up your day.
·         People are self-organizing to help those in need
Grassroots groups are springing up where people can offer and ask for help from their neighbours. This list includes groups by state in the U.S., as well as several in Canada, Britain, and Germany. In my own community in Toronto, we’re calling it “care-mongering” and people are giving away food, offering to foster animals, and picking up medication for others. Meanwhile, in the U.K., a woman designed a postcard that you can drop off with neighbours who are self-isolating, offering your help with shopping or a friendly phone call.

·         Stores designate certain hours for at-risk shoppers
In countries across the world, including Iceland, Australia, the U.S., and Canada, grocery stores and pharmacies are designating certain opening hours specifically for at-risk shoppers. That way, people like the elderly and immune-compromised are less likely to face massive crowds and long lines.
·         Chinese medical staff bring supplies to help Italy
Last Thursday, medical experts from China landed in Rome with a supply of masks, respirators, and other supplies to help fight COVID-19. The flight was organized by the Chinese Red Cross and brought around 30 tons of equipment to Italy. Besides China, where new cases now seem to be declining, Italy is the worst-hit country in the world.
·         Quarantined residents sing from their balconies
Amid a lockdown, Italians across the country took to their balconies to sing together last week, closing the distance between them with music. Communal singing also brought people together in Lebanon and Israel. Over in Spain, people in one apartment complex even joined together for a group fitness class at a distance, squatting and doing jumping jacks from their balconies.
·         Health care workers get a round of applause
In another display of solidarity-from-balconies, Spanish people emerged at 10 p.m. one evening to give a roaring applause to the heroic work of health care workers during COVID-19. The same also happened in Italy, Portugal, and the Netherlands.
·         Companies offer free services and entertainment for the homebound
To keep us all entertained while we hunker down at home, companies ranging from Internet providers to orchestras are offering their goods and services for free. The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, for example, is streaming operas each night until they reopen.

Debasmita Das   [MBA HR]
Manager HR
AirCrews Aviation Pvt Ltd 
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