We're in a deeply unsettling, downright terrifying time right now—there's no denying that. The Coronavirus is swiftly spreading, and there's little we can do to stop it. Schools are shutting down, cases are rising, business are struggling—this is, unequivocally, a dark time. And if it has you feeling down, you're absolutely not alone.
But through the devastation, the fear, the unknown, there have been slivers of pure light. We're seeing people come together thanks to this nasty virus. We're seeing young people help elders. We're seeing how family members show up for one another in times of need. We're seeing how social distancing can actually bring us closer to one another in some truly unexpected ways. And you know what? Those are the sort of things we need to hold on to right now.
Viral video shows Chinese singer holding a concert to entertain others quarantined during coronavirus
As we're quickly learning, social distancing can be extremely difficult. It's natural that we will succumb to feelings of loneliness, isolation, boredom and fear if we take the necessary precautions to flatten the Coronavirus's curve. But the neighbors of 27-year-old professional singer Wang Congjin were in for a treat: Wang put on an impromptu concert from his balcony.
The video, which was filmed last month, shows the young musician singing into a microphone. As he performed, neighbors began waving their phones in a show of solidarity—it's such a beautiful visual of how people can find new ways to connect in a time of social distancing.
Unfortunately, the concert was called off, according to MSN: Authorities were concerned about infections being transmitted between residents. Still, the gesture itself is so wonderfully inclusive and thoughtful.
Italian neighbors make music together from balconies, windows and rooftops
How do you find joy when your entire country is on lockdown thanks to a terrifying, poorly understood virus? You band together (literally!) with the people who live near you…and without making close contact with those people, you manage to bond in a way that is artistic, uplifting and incredibly unifying.
Quarantined residents came together from their homes to make music: According to the New York Times, it started with the country's National Anthem. Residents joined in the music-making in different ways: Some played instruments, others banged pots and pans. Poignantly, the music ended with a nationwide round of applause for the healthcare workers who are putting it all on the line to save the country's ill.
All of Italy is under house arrest, and the country has seen incredibly grim statistics where the Coronavirus's spread is concerned: The country saw 368 coronavirus deaths in just one day. The situation is tragic and horrifying but wow—what an unbelievable way for the country to come together in solidarity. We have goosebumps just thinking about it.
A husband's romantic gesture to his isolated wife goes viral
Talk about the real-life version of The Notebook: Bob Shellard and his wife, Nancy recently celebrated their 67th anniversary….unfortunately, they were forced to practice social distancing from one another on the big day.
Since Nancy is in a nursing home, Bob was unable to visit his bride due to coronavirus restrictions. But, he was still able to celebrate with her in a seriously romantic way. Bob stood outside his wife's window and held up a sign that read "I've loved you for 67 years and still do. Happy anniversary."
We. Are. Melting.
Nancy stayed inside, but waved and blew her husband kisses through the window. We sincerely hope this beautiful couple can be reunited soon.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $1 million to relief efforts
It's no secret that the Coronavirus's implication extend beyond the threat it poses to our health. The virus has also thrown many families and businesses into financial crisis—and groups and people alike need our help right now. Enter Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, who recently donated $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.
"Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Ryan & I are donating $1 million to be split between @feedingamerica and @foodbankscanada," Blake wrote in a post shared to her Instagram feed. "If you can give, these orgs need our help…Remember the love that can travel through all this," she wrote. "Communities are stepping up—shopping for the elderly, making lunches for children. We can all do something for one another, even if that's simply staying home."
Of course, most of can't give anywhere near this amount…and that's okay. But if you feel compelled to do something to help the people who are hit so hard by this virus, and if you have some extra to give, consider following in this couple's incredibly generous example and pay it forward.
How to 'ride' Disneyland + Disney World attractions from home during coronavirus
Last week Disney announced it was closing its parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Disney fans were understandably disappointed, but now many are living vicariously through old videos of the ride experiences offered at the parks.
As first reported by Rich Juzwiak at Jezebel,"There exists something of a cottage industry of YouTube videos showing the full experience of rides at Disney (and other parks)—often from line to drop-off." A theme park fan, Juzwiak admits videos aren't a good substitute for roller coasters but the medium can capture some of the magic of the "of dark rides—the slow-moving attractions that guide riders through truncated narratives of Disney movies".
Ellen DeGeneres is calling celebs while social distancing
Ellen DeGeneres isn't working but that isn't stopping her from making viral content from home.
The talk show host has posted multiple videos of herself calling other celebs who are self-isolating and they are helping people smile during this tough time.
In one video Ellen calls Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.
"Whatcha doing?" she asks Timberlake. He and Biel say, "nothing."
"Me too," says Ellen. "All right, well, I'll talk to you later."
So she calls John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
"It's Ellen," she said. "What's going on?"
The two tell her "not much" and explain they're just hanging with Miles and Luna.
Ellen says: "I wish I had kids right now…I'm so bored."
She's making light of a serious situation but it's nice to laugh during this difficult time. Our kids will keep us busy during the isolation period (but there will probably be times when we are just as bored as Ellen).