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Worldwide, People Clapping for Hospital Workers

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April 3, 2020 -- People all over the world are opening their doors and windows to cheer and clap for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

For the past few days, countless New Yorkers have leaned out of windows, stepped onto balconies or fire escapes, and even climbed onto roofs to applaud hospital workers during the evening shift change.

In Seattle, one nurse was brought to tears after the city’s Office of Arts and Culture asked residents to collectively cheer on health care workers every night at 8.

People in the United Kingdom are cheering, too -- including some of the smallest members of the British royal family. Kensington Palace shared a video of Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Prince George clapping for members of the country’s National Health Service. 

For weeks, people in Italy have shared videos of their neighbors chanting and singing from windows, in an effort to cheer on hospital workers and lift their neighbors’ spirits.

 

Many cities are urging residents to shelter in place, as COVID-19 continues to spread. The CDC says avoiding close contact with others -- along with proper handwashing -- can help prevent infection.

Citations

Twitter: @GothamKenny, March 27, 2020.

Twitter: @EStavropoulos21, March 28, 2020.

Instagram: @amyschumer, March 31, 2020.

Seattle.gov: “Seattle comes together to celebrate people on the front lines in #MakeAJoyfulNoise.”

Twitter: @MaraCurley, March 27, 2020.

Instagram: @kensingtonroyal, March 27, 2020.

Twitter: @jennavehvi, March 13, 2020.

CDC: “How to protect yourself.”

 

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WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on April 03, 2020

Sources

Twitter: @GothamKenny, March 27, 2020.

Twitter: @EStavropoulos21, March 28, 2020.

Instagram: @amyschumer, March 31, 2020.

Seattle.gov: “Seattle comes together to celebrate people on the front lines in #MakeAJoyfulNoise.”

Twitter: @MaraCurley, March 27, 2020.

Instagram: @kensingtonroyal, March 27, 2020.

Twitter: @jennavehvi, March 13, 2020.

CDC: “How to protect yourself.”

 

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