The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone’s lives: most of us are staying home to do our part to prevent the spread. Those of us in essential help roles are working harder than ever to serve those who have contracted this deadly disease. The news is alarming in terms of what else might be coming. The stress levels across the globe are rising. But it’s helpful to remember that we’re all in this together.
Mr. Rogers once said that whenever frightening events would happen, his mother would tell him to look for the helpers, because there would always be good people helping each other.
Here is a list of ways people are helping others to reassure you that all is not lost. We’re including links to some services that might be useful to those who need them.
We’ll continue to add to this list as we see more helpers. If you have any suggestions for us to add, please comment below, or comment on our social media accounts with #AllinThisTogether.
- cannabiiisk, _lauragold, ilysteph95 are taking this pandemic seriously, and staying home despite the difficulty this poses.
- jv_str & california_r6_girl are checking in on their neighbors, especially the elderly and isolated ones.
- nickschultz24 posted “Our local power plate meals (upscale nutrition and macro-breakdown specialist prep) is giving 400 meals to the public school system to give away to families and students in these difficult times!”
- marlene_schultz1 posted that her apartment complex management is allowing all renters to stay rent-free for two months!
Companies Reminding Us that We’re All This Together
- AST Sportswear in Brea has switched from manufacturing clothing to making facemasks to protect healthcare workers. “I have to do something. I have a big factory. I can do something,” CEO Abdul Rashid explained.
- Breweries all over the country are making hand sanitizer to meet the sudden increased demand.
- Local supermarkets are adding “senior citizens only” shopping hours to ensure they have access to the supplies they need.
- Although Disneyland is temporarily closed, they are donating their unused food to Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Chef José Andrés of Los Angeles fed quarantined cruise ship guests earlier this month from the outbreak. This week he announced that eight of his restaurants in New York and Washington, DC will become community kitchens for those who need food during the pandemic.
- Here’s an article about 50 companies who are giving back during the coronavirus outbreak.
- And then there’s this viral tail – er, tale – of the man who sent his dog to the store with $20 and a note requesting Cheetos. It all worked out great, but we just hope everyone washed their hands!
Because it’s so important for people to stay home, many attractions have temporarily shut down. But many are offering virtual tours, so if you’re stuck at home, you can still do some sight-seeing:
- 12 Famous Museums Offering Virtual Tours
- 5 National Parks Offering Virtual Tours
- Google Arts and Culture Museum Collections
- Kennedy Space Center
Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
- SCRIBD – Free 30 days unlimited digital books, audiobooks and magazines
- Sling TV free streaming
- Kahoot Remote Learning for Schools
- More education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings
- Free digital library books, magazines, etc. at Hoopla
- Learn a language through Duolingo
Free Online Courses
- 500 free Ivy League courses you can take online during coronavirus quarantine
- Planet Fitness free online classes
- Scholastic free online courses so kids can keep learning while schools are closed
- LinkedIn – opening up 16 of its learning courses for free
- Free courses on Coursera
At TorkLaw, we are following all federal, state and local guidelines to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. We are still fully operational, continuing to work on cases and respond to your questions. For more information about our response, please read this message from our founder Reza Torkzadeh.
We are also consistently updating our blog post with the full details on COVID-19, so check back for the latest.
We will get through this troubling time. Remember, we’re all in this together.
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