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Through corporate acts of generosity and appreciation, staff going the extra step to express kindness and humor, and fatherly love, companies, workers, and individuals continue to do their part to make the world a little safer and more joyous during these pandemic times.

UV Sanitizer Donates 100% of Its Proceeds to Coronavirus Relief

Casetify has created the UV Sanitizer that kills 99.9% of the germs living on your cell phone. When you place your smartphone inside the case, six Mercury-free UV lamps sterilize for three minutes; a button allows you to also activate a 15-minute intensive sanitization. It has not yet been proven to be effective in sanitizing from COVID-19, but since cell phones are dirtier than you may think, it may be worth using it anyway.  In March and April, Casetify donated 100% of the proceeds from the UV Sanitizer to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. This $100,000 went to those on the front lines and to communities in need.

Costco Gives First Responders Priority Admittance

With stores limiting the number of shoppers inside at a time, long lines are forming outside of supermarkets across the country. While many grocery stores have instituted a designated first hour of shopping exclusively to senior citizens and those most vulnerable to COVID-19, Costco has additionally begun letting healthcare workers and first responders skip waiting in line. With proper identification, healthcare workers, EMTs, pharmacists, police officers, and firefighters can get priority access at any time of day.

New York Park Creates Social Distance Circles

In 2018, Brooklyn’s Domino Park opened up to much fanfare next to the old Domino Sugar Factory that had been around since 1856. After a brief stint of snow earlier this month, the weather has turned warm, enticing New Yorkers out of quarantine. The city’s parks have become crowded despite mandates to practice social distancing so Domino Park came up with a creative solution: they painted social distancing circles on the lawn so that people can relax outdoors in safety. Just another instance of New York City parks creatively responding to COVID-19.

Doglike Robot Spot Tracks Social Distancing at Singapore Park

Singapore went a little more high-tech than Brooklyn to help people maintain social distancing at parks. A robot named Spot — not to be confused with Boston Dynamics Inc.’s Spot, which is being sent to work on an oilrig in the Norwegian Sea — has been dispatched at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to help keep park-goers safe from COVID-19. The National Parks Board and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group let Spot loose, outfitting the four-legged robot with sensors that determine what’s in its path and cameras featuring GovTech-developed cameras to gauge visitor numbers. Reports say the cameras will not collect personal data or track individuals.

Man’s Best Friend Could Sniff out COVID-19

Calling all cocker spaniels and labradors, there’s a new job for you! Throughout history, dogs have been put to work as guard dogs, seeing-eye dogs, emotional support pups, bomb sniffers, drug detectors, and, during the pandemic, wine deliverers. Now, “COVID dogs” are being trained to sniff out the coronavirus before common symptoms even appear, just like how some are able to detect cancer. Trials are being done with the above-mentioned breeds by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Durham University, and Medical Detections Dogs. Previously, dogs have been able to accurately pick up on the distinct smell of malaria and find it among 250 people, so there’s the possibility that COVID-19 likewise has a particular odor that the dogs will be able to detect in a fast and non-invasive manner. 

Video Game Industry Launches Campaign to Spread WHO’s Health Tips

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending ways for people to stay healthy, physically and mentally, during COVID-19. Among the WHO’s tips are keeping up with activities you enjoy and staying socially connected. To maintain social distancing, they suggest using online channels but urge video game players to balance this with offline activities. Online multi-player video games are surging right now as people turn to technology to stay connected. Now, leaders in the gaming industry are teaming up to spread the WHO’s advice for decreasing COVID-19’s reach through the campaign #PlayApartTogether.

Diners Don Pool Noodle Hats to Socially Distance at German Cafe

We reported recently about how schoolchildren in Hangzhou, China, are wearing Song dynasty-style headwear to help enforce social distancing, and now a café over in Schwerin, Germany, has instituted a similar measure. After restaurant restrictions were lifted, Café Rothe limited its seating, going from 36 to 12 tables inside and 20 to 8 outside, to increase the space between them. They also handed out straw hats affixed with two pool noodles so that diners could enjoy their food and beverages while maintaining social distance. “It was a perfect gag and of course it was funny, our customers were really into it. But what it did show to us (was) how difficult it is to keep a distance of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet),” said owner Jaqueline Rothe.

Israeli Hospital Staff De-stresses, Humors Patients by Dancing

While New York hospitals may be playing pop songs to celebrate when COVID-19 patients are taken off a ventilator or able to go home, workers in the coronavirus isolation ward pop-ups of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Israel are dancing. Nursing student Shuli Naftali said she was trying to inject a little humor into the lives of scared patients by dancing and posted a video of Keter Unit 5 dancing to Pharell Wiliams’ “Happy.” When she sent the video to a colleague, Galia Wollman, a nurse who likewise worried that the hazmat suit she wore for safety didn’t allow her empathy to be fully expressed, rose to Naftali’s challenge to get in on the act, and soon other units were creating their own dance videos.

Father Constructs At-home Graduation Stage for Daughter

We recently highlighted a man who might just win Son of the Year, but today we may have found a candidate for Father of the Year. Graduates aren’t getting to have the ceremony they’ve worked so hard to achieve this year. One such graduate was Gabrielle Pierce, who spent the week crying because she wouldn’t get to celebrate the milestone of the traditional graduation walk across the stage to get her diploma at Louisiana’s Xavier University. No father likes to see daughters cry, and Torrence Burson was no exception. Waking up in the middle of the night, he got a flash of inspiration: he’d build a stage himself at home in the front yard. Neighbors came out to line the street, and drivers drove by shouting well wishes. It just goes to show how being handy and innovative can turn a disappointing circumstance into an unforgettable, newsworthy celebration! Watch the heartwarming video here.

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