The coronavirus outbreak has caused a very negative news cycle, but trust us, there are still positive events happening because of the pandemic.
If you’re experiencing “coronavirus-anxiety” right now, you’re definitely not alone. Coronavirus has become a local phenomenon we can’t ignore – we’re living in a world of enforced self-isolation and the constant government alerts.
However, among the doom and gloom, good things are still happening as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, high-profile celebrities and iconic venues are trying to bring back joy into peoples lives with their creative initiatives.
We’ve compiled a list of serendipitous events that are occurring to ease the coronavirus panic. Because we’re all in need of uplifting content right now.
John Legend is hosting a free live concert from home
American idol John Legend is being quite the legend . The 41-year old singer announced on Twitter recently that he would be hosting a live AND free concert via Instagram Live.
Plus, his model wife Chrissy Teigen will also be joining in with the fun and tunes.
The loved-up duo will go ahead with their makeshift concert on Instagram Live at around 1pm Eastern Daylight Time. They’ll be covering The Office’s theme song, the Kars4Kids jingle, and Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay’s Good as Gold.
For Australian viewers, it’s better to keep your IG Live notifications turned on. It’s a duet you won’t want to miss.
And… there’s no dress code either.
There you go, folks, something exciting to participate in while self-quarantining.
Disney is donating excess foods to food banks
Hearts were broken last week, when Disney temporarily closed all theme parks across the globe to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While that was sad news to every Disney fan – and made the outbreak feel far more real – Disneyland and Disney World is back with a heartwarming update.
On their DisneyParks Blog, they announced they would be donating spare meals to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County in America from their Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.
Following that statement, Walt Disney World joined in too, to donate excess foods such as “fresh salads, greens, and expertly cooked hot items” to another food bank in Central Florida.
With the shortage of food supplies and empty supermarket aisles, it’s touching to hear such an iconic brand taking the lead to help the most vulnerable.
Thank you Disney, for always being so wholesome.
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Frozen’s Josh Grad is offering his free-time to entertain fans via Twitter
Josh Grad, AKA the famous voice behind Frozen’s Olaf, has been doing his part to help the global community during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since 13 March, the 39-year old voice-actor has been reading to fans – old and young – each night on Twitter.
“I’ll try to provide at least 10 minutes of daycare to you and your families a night while we’re going through this unprecedented global event,” he explained in a video.
During the short clips, Grad puts on an entertaining voice for each character. So far he has read Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywal and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
Not all heroes wear capes.
Lizzo making everybody meditate with her on IG
Queen Lizzo is back with her empowering vibes, just when we need it most.
Recently, the sassy singer posted a 30 minute “meditation and mantra to promote healing during this global crisis” on her Instagram account.
She added: “Use at your own pace. Love you!”
Get ready to smash that replay button.
A much-needed charity by Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner
Recently, the lovely American actresses Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner, united on social media to launch Save With Stories – a charity which aims to provide children with education and food during this dire time.
Adams and Garner appeared in their first video together, bare-faced and ready to tackle the problem.
“Welcome to @SAVEWITHSTORIES—a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing (without hair and makeup!!) as a community to support a new fund…” they captioned the clip.
To reach a wider audience and have a bigger impact, they have also partnered with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry.
They added: “These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom.”
Go check out their IG page. These ladies need some applause.
The Metropolitan Opera will be streaming free performances online
To the disappointment of culture junkies, The Sydney Opera House announced they were shutting until the end of March to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
But it might not be the end of all opera performances. The Metropolitan Opera in New York America will be streaming shows online, for free – and in HD – in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s right. You can now enjoy their “Nightly Met Opera Streams”, through their website.
Maybe self-isolation won’t be so dull, after all?
Essential coronavirus reading:
How Australians should sensibly prepare for a COVID-19 pandemic, the most dangerous myths to not buy into, why surgical face masks aren’t the answer, the five-step hand washing method to memorise, the proper way to use hand sanitiser, why hand dryers are a part of the problem and the seven most effective ways to protect yourself, according to a doctor.