Lads, it has been another weird week.
The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a lot of sadness, anxiety and upset globally. We have, of course, been asked to social distance from each other, in the hopes of stopping the spread of the illness.
If you have turned the news on at any stage in the last 2 weeks or so, you will have been bombarded with news about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). And while we do think it’s important to stay informed, it can get a bit overwhelming.
So, I have decided to share some good news with you all. Lovely things that have happened this week, stories that show how amazing communities are, and just general stuff to make you smile at a time when you may really need a reason to.
We clapped for out healthcare workers
At 8pm yesterday evening, people all over the Island of Ireland stood in their gardens and gave a massive round-of-applause to our healthcare workers. These are the people working tirelessly to help save lives during the outbreak of COVID-19. It was a small, but heat-warming gesture.
Last night we stood to applaud our incredible frontline workers. To help further we will:— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 27, 2020
Pay student nurses ✅
Secure PPE (arriving Sunday)✅
Hire more staff ✅
Open more beds✅
Follow public health advice ✅
In this together #coronaviruspic.twitter.com/SQys8otbi1
Vodafone are helping ALONE.
In a really gorgeous turn of events, the kind hearted folks at Vodafone have donated 1000 smart phones and 2000 €20 credit top ups to ALONE, the charity supporting older people in Ireland. The phones are being distributed to older people so they can stay in touch with people during this period of social distancing. How nice is that?
To keep the most vulnerable in our society connected, Vodafone Ireland Foundation is providing older people in isolation with 1,000 new smart phones, pre-loaded with essential apps for communication and emergency services through @ALONE_IRELAND #KeepingIrelandConnected pic.twitter.com/OtOPBBtFER— Vodafone Ireland (@VodafoneIreland) March 26, 2020
BounceBack went live.
We know that this is a hard time for people, especially those who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Here at Jobbio, we have created a website called BounceBack, a destination for anyone who has found themselves without a job as a result of the Coronavirus. It’s a place where people can register their details and their job interests quickly, and join a community of gorgeous humans that have found themselves in a similar boat. Let’s try get everyone back on their feet ASAP!
The weather was gorgeous.
Guys, at times like this, its so important that we appreciate the little things, and the small wins. The big one we had this week? Sure, wasn’t the weather absolutely gorgeous? We know it can be tough spending so much time alone or inside, but the sun shining means that if you do go out for a little social distance stroll, you can really enjoy it!
Student nurses will be getting paid during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Yesterday, our Minister for Health Simon Harris announced that student nurses will be paid for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. The minister said student nurses and midwives will be offered a contract as a Healthcare Assistant and be paid for their work. He said this will allow students to complete their placement and continue to complete the course. Student nurses are being asked to apply online through HSE.ie/oncall.
You have to love our little country! Have a nice weekend everyone, be safe.