Realizing that we’re all in this together

It’s tempting to think that you are alone during this worldwide epidemic and no one else will understand how you feel. However, there are millions of people in the United States and around the world who have lost their jobs, and many people who themselves have had COVID-19 or have loved ones who have been affected by COVID-19. The novel coronavirus has affected people on every continent except Antarctica, and that means it’s something relatable that everyone around the world can talk about and know. This man had coronavirus and survived—here’s what he wants you to know.

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Being thankful for the little things

When was the last time you were thankful you were able to open the front door of your home, step outside, and breathe in the fresh air? When was the last time you were thankful to give your family members and friends a hug? What about that time you went to a favorite restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday? There are many small things to be thankful for.

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Taking the time to have video calls with friends and family

What was once a weekly catch-up happy hour with friends at a favorite local bar has turned into a weekly catch-up happy hour with friends…at home. You’re starting to realize that you don’t need to be out somewhere doing something to enjoy the company of family and friends. Simply being in their presence, albeit virtually, is enough. Here are 22 heartwarming stories of true friendship that will make you want to call your bestie.

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On May 1, 2020.

Capt. Tom Moore, a British Army veteran who fought in World War II, celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday in a selfless way. In an effort to raise money for England’s National Health Service, Moore did a daily lap around his garden 100 times. His goal was to raise 1,000 pounds (about $1,250) for hospitals fighting COVID-19. However, as of his birthday, he has raised 31 million pounds (over $38 million). “It’s unbelievable that people would be so kind to give that sort of money to the National Health Service,” Moore said. To honor the veteran, two fighter aircrafts flew through the sky on his milestone day.

A woman helped an elderly couple get groceries.

In a Twitter thread that was shared over half a million times, a young woman explained how she helped purchase groceries for an elderly couple that was afraid to enter a grocery store.

Rebecca Mehra@rebecca_mehra

I went to the grocery store this afternoon. As I was walking in I heard a woman yell to me from her car. I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband. She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store.

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Rebecca Mehra@rebecca_mehra

I went to the grocery store this afternoon. As I was walking in I heard a woman yell to me from her car. I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband. She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store.

Rebecca Mehra@rebecca_mehra

Afraid to get sick as they are in their 80’s and hear that the novel coronavirus is affecting older people disproportionately. And that they don’t have family around to help them out. Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I

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Rebecca Mehra@rebecca_mehra

Afraid to get sick as they are in their 80’s and hear that the novel coronavirus is affecting older people disproportionately. And that they don’t have family around to help them out. Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I

Rebecca Mehra@rebecca_mehra

would be willing to buy her groceries.
I bought the groceries and placed them in her trunk, and gave her back the change. She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help.

We are living in unprecedented times, and as COVID-19 spreads across the nation and world, the stories about how people are coping, battling, and persevering through the outbreak have become more important than ever.

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