With 339,645 confirmed cases around the globe, 35,224 of which reside in the US, the coronavirus outbreak is now in full swing. As entire nations are on lockdown, staying strong may be easier said than done.

But humans are a bunch of tough nuts to crack. To show you just how responsible, conscious, and united we all can be, Bored Panda has compiled a list of ideas designed to fight the virus. From rearranging exhibition displays so everyone can see them from the outside, to inventing a DIY ventilator that saves not just one but multiple lives at the same time, nothing’s impossible when it comes to life in crisis.

And scroll down for our interview with Sonja Trauss, the executive director of YIMBY Law, who shared her views on how the outbreak is changing our societies beyond recognition.

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Art Museum, Closed Due To Virus Outbreak, Rearranged Exhibition So It Can Be Seen From Outside Day Or Night. Salo, Finland

Art Museum, Closed Due To Virus Outbreak, Rearranged Exhibition So It Can Be Seen From Outside Day Or Night. Salo, Finland

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

I'm really glad art is still being made available to people in these circumstances!

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Playing Bingo With Social Distancing

Playing Bingo With Social Distancing

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Bobert Robertson
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4 months ago

This makes me happy, and sad at the same time. Happy to see they are able to keep busy during this time, but sad because these people are cooped up with so little interaction. At least for many they are able to isolate with family (I understand not everyone has family)

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A Mobile Pickup Point In The Hospital Store Where Healthcare Staff Can Pick Up A Food Bag Specially Created For Them After Their Hard Work

A Mobile Pickup Point In The Hospital Store Where Healthcare Staff Can Pick Up A Food Bag Specially Created For Them After Their Hard Work

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Cosika
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4 months ago

Yet here in the UK the supermarkets have had to do an NHS hour because everyone has lost their mind..... Except somehow people that dont work for the NHS are still managing to get in!

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Events of a scale like coronavirus are known to reshape societies in fundamental ways. This is what happened during 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis, or the 1918 flu pandemic.

Among many possible shifts, the current crisis could mark the end of hyper-individualism and resurrect our lost sense of community. Eric Klinenberg, a director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, believes that after the storm calms down, “we will be better able to see how our fates are linked.”

Most importantly, “in the long run, it could help us rediscover the better version of ourselves,” explained the professor.

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Hand Washing Stations For The Homeless

Hand Washing Stations For The Homeless

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Cora Fields
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4 months ago

Beautiful idea

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Supermarket In Denmark Came Up With A Brilliant Pricing Trick To Stop Hand Sanitizer Hoarding

Supermarket In Denmark Came Up With A Brilliant Pricing Trick To Stop Hand Sanitizer Hoarding

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Rowlie
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4 months ago

That escaleted correctly

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Keep The Kids Busy While At Home

Keep The Kids Busy While At Home

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

Brilliant idea! This is something that could be used beyond this quarantine situation too to help children understand the importance of work and the value of money!

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Bored Panda contacted Sonja Trauss and asked her about the ways the coronavirus outbreak is changing us beyond recognition.

Sonja Trauss told us in an interview that for the several years, the US has been living in a bubble. “Food magically appears on the grocery store shelves, the mall opens in the morning, white-collar workers are absorbed into huge office buildings all day.” But the virus outbreak has stopped the seamless pace of our lives which “proceeded like a movie.”

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Canadian Doctor Turns One Ventilator Into Multiple With Some DIY Mechanics

Canadian Doctor Turns One Ventilator Into Multiple With Some DIY Mechanics

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Me_thecrazycatlady
Community Member
4 months ago

Ok. ICU nurse here. I'm not convinced. This sounds like a great way to spread infection. Also, ventilators have a lot of customized settings based on each patient's needs. What if one patient needs increased settings and the other needs less? Too many variables here...

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Using Toothpicks To Avoid Touching The Elevator Buttons

Using Toothpicks To Avoid Touching The Elevator Buttons

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Kaisu
Community Member
4 months ago

This is definitely better than trying to use your elbow or something!

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

But did the person who handled all those toothpicks, putting them in the polystyrene, practice proper hygiene? Or might someone have sneezed on the lot? When I go out in lockdown (due to start in just over 24 hours) I'm going to put a bandaid (sticking plaster) on my poking finger and throw it out after eftpos machine and self-checkout use.

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YoyoSthlm
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4 months ago

But the virus mostly travels via air, not touch. So if someone coughs in the elevator the toothpicks would be contaminated just like the buttons.

Kanga9ine
Community Member
4 months ago

How about taking the stairs. Win-Win for heart and mind.

Laura Pantazis
Community Member
4 months ago

You ever tried to take the stairs in most places? The doors are locked at the top. I learned that one the hard way. Walked the 9 stairs up, only to find the door locked. Had to walk all the way back down to the first floor to take the elevator. The stairs will lead down, but they won't lead up.

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Karen Dyer
Community Member
4 months ago

My question is: how do you stop someone from being a jerk and touching all the toothpicks?

elfin
Community Member
4 months ago

So who touched toothpicks to put them into the backing?

Łukasz Markuszewski
Community Member
4 months ago

What is the 'small letters' language, below the english? Malay?

Troux
Community Member
4 months ago

Filipino

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Aliya Clark
Community Member
4 months ago

good idea!

Donald Schofield
Community Member
4 months ago

I never touch an elevator button......ever!

jenjie.newt
Community Member
4 months ago

Even the toothpicks are socially distanced

ArmyDog07
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone touched the toothpicks to put them there.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
4 months ago

Wear gloves, or wash your hands after touching it, or use your elbow, or just take the stairs. Inconvenient but doable.

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
4 months ago

Jeez, just use your pinkie knuckle of your non-dominate hand. It's a heck of a lot easier. You're gonna have to wash your hands eventually, anyway.

Bored Lazy Lizzy
Community Member
4 months ago

But someone HAD to have touched the toothpicks to put them in the styrofoam...

European other
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a punishment to me !

Max L.
Community Member
4 months ago

Step 3 very important

Gipsy Kings fan
Community Member
4 months ago

The language looks like Tagalog. Asia is SO FAR AHEAD of the U.S.A. in terms of being prepared for this pandemic. A friend of mine recently got back from Vietnam; her tour had to be cut short because of the crisis. Their government has great controls set up. Anyone who gets off a plane has to fill out a long form stating not only what flight they were on, but what seat number they had. Upon entering different cities officials take people's temperatures using a forehead thermometer.

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
4 months ago

What if the person the put all those toothpicks up used their bare hands

Animal lover❤
Community Member
4 months ago

This is something we could have always used

Angga Yonathan
Community Member
4 months ago

I used my knuckle tho

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
4 months ago

I thought this was a plinko game at first.

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
4 months ago

These toothpicks were clearly made for Gollum

N G
Community Member
4 months ago

This is great... you can also pick your teeth with them and put them back for the next person to use.

K.Kobayashi
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4 months ago

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OK... but good luck getting the toothpick into the bottle without touching the end of the bottle.

Hailtobaphomet
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4 months ago

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Step 4. Lean against the elevator railing and get germs anyway

FF Bougnat
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4 months ago

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And what if after having used it for the elevator one use it for its normal use?

Tai Dallen
Community Member
4 months ago

I would assume the placement of the (very obvious) Trash Bin is to dissuade people from doing that. And also... really have to be a bit daft to do it. Especially as those toothpicks look more like cut wooden dowels/skewers or stakes than small toothpicks.

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Shelli Aderman
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4 months ago

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But the toothpicks aren’t sanitary, either! JUST USE YOUR KNUCKLE! 🤦🏽‍♀️

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Australian PSA

Australian PSA

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doges are kool 12345
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4 months ago

Ahahahahha

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At this point, coronavirus is revealing some of the limits of our institutions—medical ones in particular. All the unlikely scenarios have now become possible. Sonja explained: “It is possible for there to be too many patients. It is possible to run out of gloves and face masks.” She continued, “There will be patients dying in the hallways of some hospitals because there are only so many rooms and ventilators.” 

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They Took The Furniture Out Of Starbucks So People Won’t Gather Here

They Took The Furniture Out Of Starbucks So People Won’t Gather Here

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elfin
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4 months ago

So the furniture is in quarantine.

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Distancing Solution In A Danish Supermarket

Distancing Solution In A Danish Supermarket

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Kaisu
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4 months ago

This is a really good idea and I feel like all grocery stores should implement this right now!

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Due To COVID-19, I’m Having To Go To All Of The Grocery Stores In My Area And Install Plastic Sneeze Guards On The Check Stands

Due To COVID-19, I’m Having To Go To All Of The Grocery Stores In My Area And Install Plastic Sneeze Guards On The Check Stands

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Shelli Aderman
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4 months ago

Not all heroes wear capes! 💕

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Many of us have been forced outside the comfort zone of our idyllic households. Trauss believes that “individuals are learning that it is up to each of us to issue, and follow, our own mini shelter in place and handwashing edicts.” We are all more aware that “there’s no potion a doctor can give that will fight COVID-19, living or dying depends only on our immune systems.” Our individual bodies have to stand and fight.“

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Someone Placing Random Hand Sanitizer Station Around In Public Places

Someone Placing Random Hand Sanitizer Station Around In Public Places

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Ruth oro
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4 months ago

Real hero!

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#14

He Comes To Talk To His Dad Every Day Since The Nursing Home Is On Lockdown

He Comes To Talk To His Dad Every Day Since The Nursing Home Is On Lockdown

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
4 months ago

Sweet. Dad's home is also shut, the cafeteria is closed and they hand deliver plates to the residents. Just worried it will be hard to get Dad up and around after weeks doing nothing.

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This Ad By Saudi Health Ministry "Thanks To Every Person Who Didn't See This Ad. Stay Home"

This Ad By Saudi Health Ministry "Thanks To Every Person Who Didn't See This Ad. Stay Home"

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Daniel Lewis
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4 months ago

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Certainly Saudi women won't see this sign because they are not allowed to go out in public.

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Perhaps paradoxically,” Trauss said, “when individuals realize that no one is in charge, and therefore, no one else can save us, we begin to see more communal behavior.” We start to think of new solutions to unite. Trauss named some of the exemplary behavior: “people are making masks at home, checking in on neighbors, following the shelter in place orders to protect themselves and their families.”

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NZ Supermarket

NZ Supermarket

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doges are kool 12345
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4 months ago

This is what I call protecting!

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#17

My Work Got New Key Rings

My Work Got New Key Rings

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Bobert Robertson
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4 months ago

This is a good gesture, but I can just see myself having the cleanest pocket in town

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#18

The Way My Local Grocery Store Started Double Wrapping Bread To Reduce The Spread Of Coronavirus

The Way My Local Grocery Store Started Double Wrapping Bread To Reduce The Spread Of Coronavirus

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panda to nobody
Community Member
4 months ago

They should always do this... I hate buying bread in plastic, but people touch the bread in the paper bags.

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News Outlet In Canada Is Taping Their Microphones To Hockey Sticks To Maintain Social Distance

News Outlet In Canada Is Taping Their Microphones To Hockey Sticks To Maintain Social Distance

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Shelli Aderman
Community Member
4 months ago

Because Canada! 💕

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The President Of Slovakia Showing Up In Her Hand-Tailored, Matching Fabric Surgical Mask

The President Of Slovakia Showing Up In Her Hand-Tailored, Matching Fabric Surgical Mask

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Juniper
Community Member
4 months ago

She is not making a fashion statement. Masks are in shortage in Slovakia so many sew their own or buy from small artists who do this to support them in these times. Many people also sew them for free for elderly, people with compromised immune system or kids. Medical masks need to stay in hospitals not get hoarded by politicians.

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Good Socializing Etiquette In The Era Of The Coronavirus

Good Socializing Etiquette In The Era Of The Coronavirus

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Ieva Nura
Community Member
4 months ago

And everyone with their own chairs

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Taking Social Distancing To New Levels

Taking Social Distancing To New Levels

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Alex Fierro
Community Member
4 months ago

Cool idea, but I must ask: How would you collect the shawarma? Wouldn't it be too heavy to just stick on top of the drone?

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#23

Road Maintenance Doesn’t Stop, I Made A Hand Washing Station For My Crew

Road Maintenance Doesn’t Stop, I Made A Hand Washing Station For My Crew

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Spring Fisk
Community Member
4 months ago

wonderful

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#24

The Waiting Room At My Doctor's Office Today

The Waiting Room At My Doctor's Office Today

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
4 months ago

This is actually to accommodate people with backwards head syndrome.

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If You Don't Have A Stand-Up Desk At Home, This Might Be A Solution

If You Don't Have A Stand-Up Desk At Home, This Might Be A Solution

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doges are kool 12345
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4 months ago

Finally not a picture-perfect work desk! Nice improvising!!! ♥️

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Every Other Table Is Closed To Ensure Distance Between Customers And Avoid Spread Of Coronavirus

Every Other Table Is Closed To Ensure Distance Between Customers And Avoid Spread Of Coronavirus

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Tai Dallen
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4 months ago

There is no sit down eating, or really sit down anything, where I live.

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