Justin Trudeau gets some celebrity assistance to encourage people to stay home, how to “look for the helpers”, innovation from Dyson for COVID19 patients, new demands on tech as more people work from home, Facebook’s Coronavirus Community Hub, and some Friday Fun.
Justin Trudeau Enlists Canadian Celebs to Encourage People to Stay Home
As more and more governments ask citizens to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is recruiting some famous faces to help get the word out.
Earlier this week, the PM shared a Twitter video of himself talking about the spread of the virus and how Canadians can help. He called out Michael Bublé and Ryan Reynolds and asked that they record their own videos to encourage others to stay home, too.
It didn’t take long for the digital “chain letter” to grow, with notable figures like Seth Rogen, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, Lilly Singh, and more participating.
You need to stay home. And so do your friends and family members. Help spread the word with your own video – and tag your friends to remind them to stay home too. And together, we can #PlankTheCurve. @MichaelBuble and @VancityReynolds – can you help? #StayAtHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/f1PQQrzMIK
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 23, 2020
Another important message from an important celebrity. Let’s spread the word not the virus. I happily nominate, @stevenpage @Sethrogen and @TerryR49776917 #PlankTheCurve #StayAtHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/IRJNI9Y6G9
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 23, 2020
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) March 24, 2020
Orapin Marketing + Public Relations Encourages People to “Look for the Helpers”
In an effort to help people see the good in the world amid this difficult and uncertain time, Orapin Marketing + Public Relations posed a simple question to their community:
“How are you helping?”
The answers were collected and shared on Orapin’s blog, and they’re sure to inspire, or at least put a smile on your face! Eden Spodek, our founder, contributed how she’s making a difference from both a personal and professional standpoint.
What ways are you helping or giving back during this time? Share with us in the comments below.
Dyson Designs a New Ventilator to Help COVID-19 Patients in the UK
It took just ten days for James Dyson to design a new ventilator for coronavirus patients. The company has received an order from the UK government for 10,000 “CoVents” and can be manufactured quickly, efficiently, and at volume.
— Forbes (@Forbes) March 26, 2020
According to the company, the CoVent has been designed to “address the specific needs” of coronavirus patients and will be ready by early April.
Tech Companies Report Increased Usage as More People Work From Home
Some of our favourite digital tools like Slack and WhatsApp are reporting an increase in users during the coronavirus pandemic. With more people looking for reliable ways to stay in touch and stay productive, it’s no wonder that growth surges have been detected.
Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield took to Twitter to describe what recent weeks have looked like for the company.
My day job (also: night job) is CEO of Slack, a publicly traded company with investors to whom I am a fiduciary, 110k+ paying customers of all sizes, and thousands of employees I care about very, very much. The last few weeks have been 🤯😳😢 Here’s what it's been like. [Thread]
— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart) March 26, 2020
What other tools are you relying on from a business perspective or otherwise amid the age of social distancing?
Facebook Launches Community Hub to Fight Coronavirus Rumors
The Coronavirus Community Hub is Facebook Messenger’s newest feature that offers tips, authoritative information and other resources about the coronavirus outbreak. The feature is similar to the information hub found on WhatsApp, another Facebook-owned messaging service.
According to the company, people around the world have been using Facebook’s instant messaging service more than ever before, with a whopping 70% more people participating in group video calls on the platform.
Besides being a reliable source of information, the hub will also recommend activities such as scheduling virtual play dates for parents to engage with their kids’ friends.
People are using their extra time at home to create and share new fun (and silly!) content on platforms like Twitter and TikTok. Check out some of our favourites below!
Quarantine day 11:
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 22, 2020
While social-distancing this daddy and daughter just caught her first fish.
Sweetest thing you’ll see today…💪❤️🌎😇❤️😉 pic.twitter.com/vQp1Q8mRor
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 20, 2020