This Is How Each Country Is Dealing With Quarantine, And Yes It Involves A Lot Of Noise
In a completely new event for our lifetimes, almost the entire world is in some level of lockdown to try and stop the spread of coronavirus. It’s weird, it’s making us all a bit anxious, but it’s also bringing people together in entirely new ways.
All around the world, people finding themselves stuck in their own homes are coming together with neighbours to connect in the best as safest way they’re able, and they’re getting pretty creative about the whole thing too.
Italy gets to go first because they’ve really been doing the most to keep spirits going as a community. By now we’re all familiar with the literal dance parties happening on balconies, and suburban sing-a-longs.
— 陳.. (@londenbell) March 28, 2020
More recently, Melbournians have decided to…scream together? Look I get it, a big loud scream can actually be so therapeutic. But also, are you ok Melbourne? Some people claim it’s cheering, but you can decide for yourself.
The Brits got themselves together to actually cheer for a reason, like the classy folk they are. A Clap For Our Carers event was organised online and executed perfectly — even the Royal fam joined in.
Much like their partying neighbours, Spain also took to their balconies to make some sweet, sweet music together. Like, it’s actually GOOD. Is everyone there just born musical?
This is huge. The panelaço (banging pots and pans) is a major form of protest. That this is happening in São Paulo, a bolsonaro stronghold shows a real shift. These happened daily leading up to Dilma's impeachment. https://t.co/THpCQm4tB2
— John Milton ✊ (@Geordioca) March 19, 2020
Of COURSE Boston made this whole isolation as a community movement so damn COOL. Seriously, they get several videos because they are making me live. Like an entire block rapping along to The Notorious B.I.G.
Day 7: Residents of Boston’s South End singing “Lean on Me”. From /r/boston. This brought a smile to my face today! pic.twitter.com/7hVI2QXqGf
— Dietrich (@tomfjord) March 23, 2020
And an entirely different block giving up a serious serve of soul juice.
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It’s not on balconies, but we tried. Thanks to my neighbor Joe on sax and thanks @lucywaterhouse for capturing this moment! #blues #harmonica #harp #sax #saxophone #shuffle #street #streetmusic #coronavirus #losangeles #california #music #gettingby #lockdown #quarantine #physicaldistancing #musician #planetearth #humanbeings #humanity
In fact, Americans in general seem to be very into their front yard dance parties. There are a ridiculous number of clips to choose from all around the country.
Japanese drummers are parking themselves outside hotels of quarantined people and providing them with some very cool entertainment.
People in Alexandria, Egypt, joined together in prayer from their balconies, as they practiced social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some locals then continued onto the city's streets, drawing criticism on social media. https://t.co/f8uxOyqG5K pic.twitter.com/9yLDFrDyA0
— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2020
Many Egyptians are keeping it holy by joining in a group prayer from the social distance of their balconies.
Our neighbour putting on a live show!
During these trying times, it’s important to spread a little joy and positivity…
Malaysians are getting in on the block parties, partying on from their individual apartments. Yes, there are also DJs.
— 人民日報 People's Daily (@PDChinese) January 28, 2020
Having longer than the rest of us to get used to/ be driven to insanity by lockdowns, China has taken to recreating normal outdoor activities in the safety of their own homes. But yes, they did also start with shouting together from balconies.
They also invented the Wuhan Shake, and we should never forget.
☘☘☘☘2 days early sun was shining ☘Happy St Patrick’s day If we can’t go to the Parade we will have our own #RTEVIRTUALPARADE
Please, please let me finish on this amazing thought. The Irish dealt with the loss of their St Patty’s day parade by throwing their own mini versions. Truly outstanding areas.
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