Two days ago, a close friend of mine found out that her residency director passed away after contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus from a patient. I didn’t know what to say to her or how to console her. I wanted to make her smile, so I showed her what the world was doing to show how grateful they are to healthcare practitioners all over the world. How the world views them as ‘Heroes’. It worked. I realized then that you need to see it too. So, without further ado, here are some of the ways the world is saying “Thank You” for the work you are doing.
Performers Say Thanks!
‘Notes’ of Appreciation:
Lucia Lin and three members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) put on a virtual mini-concert for the physicians at Emerson Hospital in Concorde, Massachusetts. “It is my hope that this mini-concert will be a respite from your long days and bring you some moments of joy to help replenish your spirits,” says Lin.1
Concert in the Yard:
Taking all the protection measures, eight musicians from the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Contemporary Music Orchestra performed a concert in Attica, Greece, to thank the Evangelismos Hospital workers.2
“We Are Together” Concert
On April 11th, 2020, the TV channel “Russia-1” hosted a live broadcast of a concert titled “We Are Together,” performed by Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova. The piece was an homage to the countless doctors attending to COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. The artists performed on stage for a multi-million TV audience, while the audience hall itself was empty.3
Artists Say Thanks!
Black Rock in Melbourne, Australia
Artists Bridgette Dawson and Melissa Turner, of Melbourne’s Murals, depicted medics in the atlas pose holding the world’s weight while standing on the novel coronavirus themselves. When asked why they did it, Dawson replied by saying, “How do you thank these guys for that? How do you express it? All we can do is paint.’’4
The NaTemat Group commissioned a large-scale mural showing medical professionals as unsung heroes. ‘Nie każdy bohater nosi pelerynę’ directly translates to ‘Not every hero wears a cape’.5
The Artist Franco Rivolli dedicated this piece to medical workers who are carefully protecting the world from the virus. “A tutti Voi… Grazie!” means “To All of You… Thanks”. This depiction of a nurse cradling Italy is on the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital for all to see.6
The most iconic ode to all healthcare professionals worldwide is ‘Super Nurse!’ by artist FAKE.7
Banksy, the king of graffiti, decided to go black and white with his piece “Game Changer”, a picture showing a kid playing with a nurse superhero toy, while the batman and spiderman toys are discarded in a trash can.7
Wonders of the World Say Thanks!
The Eiffel Tower displays a new message in light to all healthcare workers; “MERCI,” which translates to Thank You in French. It also tells everyone to stay at home, so that you won’t have more patients to worry about.8
Lights projected a medical outfit on the Christ the Redeemer statue on Mount Corcovado on Easter this year to show healthcare workers the appreciation and gratitude they deserve. The word “Thank You” was written in many languages and projected on the statue.9
People Say Thanks!
- The Chicago Police Department says thanks to our heroes by cheering them on before they get to work.10
- Miggy’s Gift, a local non-profit organization raising awareness on skin cancer, directed all their community service for two months to provide warm meals to different hospitals, fire/rescue, and police stations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the frontline men and women so bravely placing their lives at risk to help others.”11
- Dr. Uma Madhusudan, an Indian doctor, was uniquely. Passengers held ‘Thank You’ placards and signs as they drove by her house.12
Dr Uma Madhusudan, an Indian doctor, was saluted in a unique way in front of her house in USA in recognition of her selfless service treating Covid patients pic.twitter.com/Hg62FSwzsP— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) April 20, 2020
- Sarah Gruhn, an art teacher at Florida Christian School, Miami, instructed her 8th grade art students to create artwork to express their gratitude towards primary-care providers.13
- People have even taken pictures of hand-made paper medals and thank you cards to send healthcare workers along with their virtual hugs.13
- A man even went as far as dressing his dog up as a medic outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London during the nationwide ‘Clap for Carers’ initiative to show his gratitude to the United Kingdom’s National Health Workers (NHS).14
There are so many different ways people want to thank you in any way they know. Putting up every single one would make this article quite lengthy, and your dopaminergic pathways would be set to overdrive. Just know that the world does care, understands (a little bit) and cheers you on as you continue to battle COVID-19. I hope this article has shed a tiny beacon of light amidst the angst and pain you must feel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2 “ERT’s Musical ‘Thank You’ to Doctors and Nurses.” YouTube, uploaded by EPT A.E, 23 Apr. 2020, www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8xbRoUGriA&feature=youtu.be.
3 “Russia 1 TV Channel of RTR, Hosts Live Broadcast of Concert - WE ARE TOGETHER.” Https://Www.Abu.Org.My, www.abu.org.my/2020/05/08/russia-1-tv-channel-of-rtr-hosts-live-broadcast-of-concert-we-are-together. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.
4 Webb, Carolyn. “‘All We Can Do Is Paint’: How Street Artists See Coronavirus Outbreak.” The Age, 20 Apr. 2020, www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/all-we-can-do-is-paint-how-street-artists-see-coronavirus-outbreak-20200420-p54lhq.html.
5 Kepa, Marek. “Keep Your Chin Up: Polish Art Humour During the Pandemic.” Culture.Pl, 13 May 2020, culture.pl/en/article/keep-your-chin-up-polish-art-humour-during-the-pandemic.
6“Coronavirus, Gigantografia e Scritta ‘Grazie a Tutti Voi’ All’ospedale Di Bergamo.” Il Giorno, IL GIORNO, www.ilgiorno.it/bergamo/cronaca/coronavirus-gigantografia-ospedale-1.5067201. Accessed 13 Jan. 2021.
7 Ricci, Benedetta. “Coronavirus Street Art: How the Pandemic Is Changing Our Cities.” Artland Magazine, 26 May 2020, magazine.artland.com/coronavirus-street-art-how-the-pandemic-is-changing-our-cities.
8“France: Eiffel Tower Says ‘Merci’ to Healthcare Workers Fighting COVID-19 | AFP.” YouTube, uploaded by AFP News Agency, 29 Mar. 2020, www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zANW73PIlw.
9 “Christ the Redeemer Statue Lit up in Tribute to Health Care Workers Battling COVID-19 | NBC News NOW.” YouTube, uploaded by NBC News, 13 Apr. 2020, www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5QREcDXIGk&ab_channel=NBCNews.
10“Send a Message to Our Frontline Healthcare Workers - UChicago Medicine.” UChicago Medicine, www.uchicagomedicine.org/patients-visitors/patient-information/coronavirus-information/send-thanks-to-our-staff. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.
11 “Where We’ve Been.” Miggy’s Gift, miggysgift.org/where-weve-been. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.
12 “Dr Uma Madhusudan, an Indian Doctor, Was Saluted in a Unique Way in Front of Her House in USA in Recognition of Her Selfless Service Treating Covid Patients.” Twitter, uploaded by Harsh Goenka, 21 Apr. 2020, twitter.com/hvgoenka/status/1252305840171888647?lang=en.
13 Florida, Nbc South. “Thank You! Your ‘Messages of Gratitude’ for Frontline Heroes.” NBC 6 South Florida, 23 July 2020, www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/thank-you-your-messages-of-gratitude-for-frontline-heroes/2222981.
14 Deshpande, Salil. “Photos: How the World Is Thanking Doctors.” Condé Nast Traveller India, 4 May 2020, www.cntraveller.in/story/photos-world-thanking-doctors-covid-19-pandemic-images-india-italy-london-australia.