Corona Compassion Around the World People Are Finding Creative New Ways To Support Each Other

The coronavirus is forcing us to keep our distance from other people. Yet these extraordinary times have also brought forth moments of warmth and solidarity. People are offering each other words of encouragement and banding together to fight their loneliness.
In many countries, children have painted rainbows and hung them in their windows.

In many countries, children have painted rainbows and hung them in their windows.

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A man walks alone through Seoul: South Korea is already several weeks into its outbreak of the coronavirus.

A man walks alone through Seoul: South Korea is already several weeks into its outbreak of the coronavirus.

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Cho Soojung used to struggle to fill her days. Now she does yoga, cooks and decorates her planner.

Cho Soojung used to struggle to fill her days. Now she does yoga, cooks and decorates her planner.

Dalgona coffee

Dalgona coffee

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New Yorkers are now largely required to remain indoors.

New Yorkers are now largely required to remain indoors.

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The clarinetist Yoonah Kim playing Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," a performance she streamed live.

The clarinetist Yoonah Kim playing Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria," a performance she streamed live.

Yoonah Kim
Italians have been going their windows and balconies to sing the national anthem and popular Italian hits.

Italians have been going their windows and balconies to sing the national anthem and popular Italian hits.

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Neighbors in Madrid communicate with one another over their balconies.

Neighbors in Madrid communicate with one another over their balconies.

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Residents of Madrid who live adjacent to a hospital hung a banner with a heart on it.

Residents of Madrid who live adjacent to a hospital hung a banner with a heart on it.

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American professor Steven Katz, who is living in Barcelona for six months with his wife, has to stay inside his apartment.

American professor Steven Katz, who is living in Barcelona for six months with his wife, has to stay inside his apartment.

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In cities all over Europe, people have been going out onto their balconies or leaning out their windows and applauding the doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.

In cities all over Europe, people have been going out onto their balconies or leaning out their windows and applauding the doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.

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This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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