Nurses in New York hospitals are looking to spread some positivity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with a new “say something positive” campaign.
The effort is simple: share a kind or encouraging word online and help reinvigorate morale.
ABC News reports nurses started the uplifting campaign to bring “some light to COVID-19 patients during dark times.”
According to their reporting, Alicia Hottois, a nurse at Ellis Medicine hospital in New York, started the movement “by encouraging co-workers to write positive messages on whiteboards” for fellow staff members and patients at the hospital.
“Even though loved ones can’t be at their bedside [due to social distancing guidelines], we will be,” Hottois told Good Morning America.
The campaign quickly went viral online as we can all use an encouraging word.
“In addition to writing positive messages, the hospital staff has sent patients get-well cards and packages,” ABC News adds.
SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE: New York hospital employee starts "Be Positive" campaign, encouraging coworkers to write inspiring messages of hope for COVID-19 patients and overworked staff. https://t.co/pFjddboJP0 pic.twitter.com/FMQxHwVDLk
— ABC News (@ABC) April 8, 2020
The effort to spread positivity comes as the coronavirus has killed 12,893 people in the United States alone with more than 82,074 deaths worldwide.
ABC News adds:
The U.S. has more cases than any other country, with over 398,000 people diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Worldwide, more than 1.42 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 82,074 of them have died since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.
Italy has the world’s highest death toll — over 17,100.