Outside-The-Box Ways Communities Are Handling The Current Crisis

PSA: Be safe, stay home, and stay informed. -Ed

If movies have taught us anything, it's that whenever a crisis hits, society falls apart and people start tearing into each other like they're fighting over flatscreens on Black Friday. But real life is both more surprising and more positive. People quickly start figuring out how to take care of themselves and those around them, in ways you wouldn't expect.

For example ...

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GANGS ARE TRYING TO KEEP THE INFECTION RATE DOWN IN RIO DE JANEIRO'S FAVELAS. They've imposed curfews on many of the makeshift towns, and cut shops' aSource: The Guardian

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A HUGE PARISIAN FOOD MARKET, THE BELLY OF PARIS, IS GOING ONLINE. The 600-acre Rungis market got shut down along with everything else, but it's abouSource: The Local

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terut BUDAPEST'S AIRBNBS ARE BEING TURNED INTO QUARANTINE UNITS. Through the Facebook group Budapest Airbnb community for the health workers, AirBnBSource: The New York Times

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SPANISH SHOEMAKERS SEWED FACE MASKS. A nurse in the town of Petrer had the idea to ask aparadoras, women who stitch shoes at home, to make (badly needSource: El Pais

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JAMES MICHENER 4WASA Michener James MOXENX ZNACHOIN A UPMPU Lv LIBRARIES ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE STILL HAVE BROADBAND. Tens of millions of AmerSource: VICE

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A WISCONSIN MANUFACTURING COMPANY IS MAKING FREE DESKS FOR KIDS LEARNING AT HOME. They're doing it to give kids a sense of normalcy and to make SURE eSource: WEAU 13 News

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HHEE T T CO FAVOR TEXAS GROCERY CHAIN H-E-B LAUNCHED A REMOTE SHOPPING LINE FOR SENIORS. Customers aged 60 and over can order from a special list of pSource: Retail Leader

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BIKERS SHIP PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO NYC DOCTORS. They're part of Masks for Docs, a network of people who donate equipment like masks and hand sanitizeSource: VICE

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BABY nOOC ZEEMAN ZEEMAN A CLOTHING SHOP ON THE DUTCH-BELGIAN BORDER IS STAYING HALF-CLOSED. Belgium has shut down all non-essential stores, unlike theSource: The Guardian

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Caremongering co-founder Valentina Harper THE LATEST TREND IN CANADA IS CAREMONGERING. Caremongering is about using Facebook groups to connect people Source: BBC News

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OKZOOMER YALE STUDENTS STARTED OKZOOMER, A DATING SERVICE FOR COLLEGE KIDS STUCK AT HOME. It connects students across the U.S. for virtual Zoom dates.Source: Rolling Stone

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Outside-The-Box Ways Communities Are Handling The Current CrisisSource: The Guardian

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