© David Ramos/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 15: People applaud from a balcony during a flash mob called through social media and messaging platforms, aimed to thank workers in the fight against coronavirus on March 15, 2020, in Barcelona, Spain. As part of the measures against the virus expansion, the Government has declared a 15-day state of emergency which will come into effect today. The Government of Spain has strengthened up its quarantine rules, shutting all commercial activities except for pharmacies, food shops, gas stations, tobacco stores, and news kiosks in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, as well as transport. Spaniards must stay home except to go to work but working from home is recommended, going to buy basic things as food or pharmacy products are allowed but it must be done individually. The number of people confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain has increased to at least 7,753, with the latest death toll reaching 288, according to the country’s Health Ministry. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
22 march 2020
Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel are being called heroes for their dedication as they continue working in increasingly dangerous conditions — with masks and other protective gear in short supply. In light of this, a campaign is taking off on Twitter to hold a nightly show of appreciation for health care workers on the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19.
As millions stay home across the world to help slow the spread of coronavirus, health care workers remain on the job to tend to the overwhelming numbers of people who’ve been sickened by the virus.
Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are being called heroes for their dedication as they continue working in increasingly dangerous conditions — with masks and other protective gear in short supply.
The pandemic is a serious problem, and it requires a serious policy response. The paid-leave proposals floating around Congress won’t cut it. Many progressives and conservatives have long supported a federal paid-leave policy. And the intense concern brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic may make it harder for an already-too-tempted Trump administration to resist a large number of calls for this new entitlement — at least as it would apply to workers who may become sick or must stay home to care for family members. In light of this, a campaign is taking off on Twitter to hold a nightly show of appreciation for health care workers on the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19.
#Solidarityat8 asks people to go on their balconies or open their windows and doors at 8 p.m. Sunday and cheer, clap or just make some noise to honor the people who continue to work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other medical facilities.