The latest social trend is asking Americans to make some noise for health care workers

Even if people are separated within their own communities, they still come together to support those at the forefront of the coronavirus outbreak.

Thanks to a viral Twitter campaign called # Solidarityat8, at 8 o’clock in the evening. For the past few nights local time, Americans have opened their doors, stood on porches, and made noise – some by applauding, others by banging pots and pans – to express their gratitude to health professionals.

While about 80 million people in the United States have been told to stay at home, nurses, doctors, and other health professionals continue to work, often risking their own exposure to COVID-19 due to a lack of protective equipment.

“Thank you, everyone on the front line of this # COVID19 fight, ” tweeted a # Solidarityat8 participant. “Healthcare workers, emergency responders who are at risk. Grocers, pharmacists, and anyone else who has essential supplies in stock. Thanks! Make some noise people!”

“At 8:00 PM ET, my husband and I went out on the porch to clap and cheer up health workers, first responders, scientists, and truck drivers!” wrote another. “Thanks to them and many more” helpers “.”

Some participants have opted for a quieter approach, their lights flash.

As a Twitter user pointed out, the movement actually started abroad.

“Millions of people in different countries make it a habit to go to porches, balconies or windows every night at 8am to applaud health workers,” he explained. “Come with me to show some of them # solidarityat8, starting tonight, and invite your neighbors to do the same! ‘

In Italy, where the death toll was recently higher than in China, where the virus originated, the inhabitants started to sing.

A video from Siena shows a moving rendition of a traditional folk song.

In India, where strict movement restrictions also apply, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked residents to applaud and play instruments for health workers on Sunday evening.

Many celebrities have also joined in the United States. Actor Taye Diggs Retweeted dozens of messages, and singer Neil Diamond shared a call to action with his followers.

“Thank you to health workers, first responders, supermarket workers, food service and utility workers, delivery staff and everyone on the frontline to keep everyone safe. We applaud you !!! Diamond wrote.

And “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon started his own version called the “cowbell challenge”, which he announced on Thursday.

“I watched the clips you showed from everyone in Italy,” he told Savannah Guthrie via video chat. “On Friday … I want everyone to get your cowbell, bring out a pan and a pan … open a window, open a door. If you have a balcony, good for you. Let’s go, let’s make some noise and tell this virus to come from us. “

To join the viral trend, post a video of yourself or your family showing support for health professionals at 8pm. local time and share it online with the hashtag # Solidarityat8.

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