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
Community Member
8 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
Community Member
8 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
Community Member
8 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
Community Member
8 months ago

Beautiful idea

jamie1707
Community Member
8 months ago

It is, but please don't read the redit thread it came from.

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TUBLOVER3
Community Member
8 months ago

Great idea , but they need a trash can too!

Victoria Swift
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

Or maybe you know, peel back all the dumb regulations that stopped housing growth forcing thousands of families living in the margins out into the streets. But sure, let's pat you on the back for throwing up a dirty foot powered hand washing station.

mom24boys
Community Member
7 months ago

LA and San Francisco should have done this years ago. Maybe they wouldn't be suffering from all the other plague like diseases that are happening, beside Covid19

okpkpkp
Community Member
8 months ago

It looks like my hometown, San Francisco.

Faith Nicole
Community Member
8 months ago

This should be out all year, not just with this virus going around. Beautiful idea

Erica Stewart
Community Member
8 months ago

This looks like San Francisco.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
8 months ago

If there's any hope of populations isolating, the homeless need to be homed. Surely with tourists being locked out of countries, there are empty hotels the government could take over for the purpose.

Chris Watson
Community Member
8 months ago

Building them accessible toilets would be nice don't you think?

Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

They left quite a mess around there.

Laura Gritsons
Community Member
8 months ago

oh wow! this is great

William McGivney
Community Member
8 months ago

Well done! 🤗

Erin
Community Member
8 months ago

Many stores around here setting these up on the sidewalks and I love it. It is the "Spread Love Not Germs" initiative.

Chelsea Bates
Community Member
8 months ago

Anyone else see the Oreos?

Chancey
Community Member
8 months ago

It's Oreo ice cream!!!

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Erica Kendrick
Community Member
8 months ago

The FNAF t-shirt just lying there is a bit weird, though!

Sheryl O'Sullivan
Community Member
8 months ago

This should have happened anyway, virus or not.

David Jeu
Community Member
8 months ago

How come we don't have those in Belgium ? 😤

European other
Community Member
8 months ago

Just look after them !

Full Name
Community Member
8 months ago

This should be #1

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8 months ago

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Roland Trego
Community Member
8 months ago

I hope they leave them there. I would love to see the return of the pissoir, too.

Xi Jinping
Community Member
8 months ago

你喜欢看男人小便

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Animal lover❤
Community Member
8 months ago

I'm glad someone is finally thinking of them

kingsnyder
Community Member
8 months ago

lol fnaf shirt

Sean Harrison
Community Member
8 months ago

The homeless already have those, they are called "bathrooms". Pretty much all Humans use those.

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8 months ago

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无家可归者太愚蠢了,无法使用这些

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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
Community Member
8 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
Community Member
8 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

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Australian PSA

Australian PSA

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doges are kool 12345
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8 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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8 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
Community Member
8 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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8 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
Community Member
8 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
8 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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#15

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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8 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
Community Member
8 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
Community Member
8 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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Norma
Community Member
8 months ago

This is brilliant! And no plastic!!! #forthewin

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#19

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
8 months ago

Because Canada! 💕

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#20

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
8 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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#21

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
8 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
8 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
8 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
8 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
Community Member
8 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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8 months ago

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

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