Nobody expected 2020 to be like this. All media channels encouraging people to stay at home. All theaters, cinemas, gyms, and museums being closed. All hospitals around the world filled with people, some even unable to help others. It seems like everything has stopped in the great pandemic of the 21st century—coronavirus. One artist decided to show us how to adapt to these uneasy and extreme times.

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Colin L
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5 months ago

Who cares for the caretakers?

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Chase Ighani
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5 months ago (edited)

I feel this needs a little context as some may not realize the significance of the items on the cart or the image. This is meant to show a Haft Seen. The Haft Seen is a traditional display of items signifying spring and rebirth. For Iranians, the first day of spring is also the start of the new year, Nowruz, and so it occurred during this crisis. Nowruz is meant to be a time of celebration and family, not being in quarantine in a hospital bed. This is meant to show doctors doing what they can to make patients feel more at home and bring what little comfort they can during a time that that is meant to be joyful.

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39-year-old Iranian artist Alireza Pakdel creates mindful illustrations that reflect on the world’s current situation and show how to fight the spread of this invisible enemy. His illustrations capture the harsh reality of those who sacrifice themselves to take care of us—doctors, policemen, firemen, and nurses. They are the protagonists of these illustrations that we must respect.

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Avery S Alberico
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5 months ago

This is so sweet

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Dat Bored Pugtato =0=
Community Member
5 months ago

My teacher made a bet with the a special ed student in my class that if he did all his homework he could be called grim. As in grim reaper. He’s goth.

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Pakdel masterfully highlights the power of solidarity, empathy, and protection for one another. His characters convey all kinds of feelings and appeal to surreal, imaginary situations that reflect on today’s world—a group of doctors holding the arrows of the clock to wait for the vaccine, a doctor and a nurse trying to break the chain of the coronavirus from a patient’s hand, and another doctor sacrificing himself to defend a group of patients from the deadly virus.

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FosterDraws
Community Member
5 months ago

this one is really sad

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Dat Bored Pugtato =0=
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5 months ago

The final stand

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Ninja Kitty
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5 months ago

Nothing but the facts......

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Sarah Stalder
Community Member
5 months ago

Is it weird that I've never heard of the watermelon rubber band challenge? I feel like I gotta know now

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RavenPuffPanda
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5 months ago

If only defeating the virus was that easy...

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Dat Bored Pugtato =0=
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5 months ago

Secretly Snow White

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Dao Van
Community Member
5 months ago

We praise the nurses and the doctors. But don't forget about them. The janitors and custodians are working harder than ever to slow the virus spread.

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

Doctors, nurses, researchers... they are the ones who will save people in this crisis. But don't forget: janitors, utility workers, and all those who are keeping the rest of society functioning.

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Si Lin
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5 months ago

isolation is literally buy time

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COFFEE IS LIFE
Community Member
5 months ago

All forms of war some die from

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COFFEE IS LIFE
Community Member
5 months ago

This is sad but true

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Natalie Young
Community Member
5 months ago

The explanation says it’s “—a group of doctors holding the arrows of the clock to wait for the vaccine”

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COFFEE IS LIFE
Community Member
5 months ago

People we need to stay home it’s only spreading and we the citizens are making it worse

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Youdontneed2know
Community Member
5 months ago

Disinfect even if you aren't sick!!!!!!

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Sandra Herrmann
Community Member
5 months ago

The job of every healthcare worker -- spread joy and fight the virus!

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Kalliyan Nemeth
Community Member
5 months ago

ouch, that must hurt having that on your mouth

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Alyson Sylva
Community Member
5 months ago

Home safe home

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Sabina Y-eva
Community Member
5 months ago

It is "Samani" we call in Azerbaijan, we plant it or decorate our rooms in Novruz- for celebration of spring arrival. As well as novruz symbolisez the new year in the past. Iran, Azerbaijan and other nations in the Central Asia celebrate this festivity since over 2 thousands ago... It resembles Pasqua-Easter in Western countries.

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Alyson Sylva
Community Member
5 months ago

Staying in will squash the spread of the virus

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William Bonner
Community Member
5 months ago

The wind is blowing away from shore!

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COFFEE IS LIFE
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5 months ago

??

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

There have been a lot of charlatans telling people they have a cure (I don't know who the Iranian equivalent of Jim Baker is, but I guess some exist). There is no cure yet, just treatment for the symptoms and methods for keeping yourself safe until there is a specific treatment and/or vaccine.

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

What is the translation?

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Youdontneed2know
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5 months ago

confused

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Elin Stenqvist
Community Member
5 months ago

Can someone translate please?

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