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​People Are Rallying Together To Help Elderly And Vulnerable During Coronavirus Outbreak

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​People Are Rallying Together To Help Elderly And Vulnerable During Coronavirus Outbreak

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, people are sharing the ways in which they're trying to help the elderly and vulnerable, having inspired an online #viralkindness hashtag.

From offering to do some shopping for a neighbour in need to crowdfunding money, it seems that many people have been coming together to help the communities around them.

There's now even a dedicated landing page on GoFundMe with more information on how to support others and donate to specific coronavirus fundraisers across the globe.

One fundraiser called 'London Homeless Welfare Team Coronavirus Help' is pooling funds to help protect rough sleepers in north London, having already raised £1,260 of the £5,000 target.

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An update on the page explains: "We recently initiated a project; distributing health packs for the homeless to help stop the spreading of Coronavirus. In these health packs contained information about how to protect yourself and included NHS advice on washing hands with symptoms of the virus. Also included: soaps, tissue packs and water bottles."

It continued: "We believe it's extremely important to get rough sleepers off the streets as they are more susceptible to infections and viruses. They are not able to self-isolate should they become infected."

Another raising money for the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy, has also raised €3,898,280 raised of its €4,000,000 target.

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It's not just been about raising money, either, as many others are also sharing awareness about how you can help others on a much smaller scale.

A printable card created by someone called Becky Vass has gone viral under the hashtag #viralkindness, encouraging people to offer help to those 'self-isolating due to COVID-19'.

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The idea is you print the card off (here's a PDF) before filling out your details, including information on how you can help - with suggestions including picking up shopping or posting mail, along with the simple offer of a 'friendly phone call'.

Reminding people that they should still remain vigilant when helping others, a passage at the bottom of the card also reads: "Coronavirus is contagious. Please take every precaution to ensure you are spreading only kindness. Avoid physical contact (2m distance). Wash yourhands regularly. Items should be left on your doorstep."

Becky Vass, a freelance copywriter who lives in Falmouth, Cornwall, told Huffington Post: "After weeks of news about the coronavirus, I felt as I'm sure many people did, very scared and helpless.

"[My husband] Jon and I were talking about how it must feel if you are at risk or can't leave the house.

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"We wanted to do something to help, but without making things worse."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

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Topics: World News, News, coronavirus

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